On January 18, 2012 — TODAY — many sites on the Internet (including the English-language version of the encyclopedia site Wikipedia) will go completely DARK for twenty-four hours.
The owners and users of those sites are protesting SOPA and PIPA, the two “anti-piracy” bills currently up for consideration in the United States Congress. SOPA and PIPA are proposing anti-piracy measures that are tantamount to the censorship of the Internet in America.
If SOPA or PIPA passes in Congress:
- Hundreds of thousands of websites will be removed from the Internet in America — those innocent of piracy as well as those guilty of it (and the innocent will far outnumber the guilty).
- The ability of computers to find websites on the Internet through the Domain Name System (DNS) — the Internet “phone book” — will be seriously compromised, along with the security of the Internet itself, as a result of the tampering proposed by SOPA and PIPA.
- The United States will have instituted a system of censorship on par with those of totalitarian nations like North Korea, Syria, and Myanmar; free information exchange among Americans will be impaired.
- The First Amendment to the Constitution will be unable to protect free speech on the Internet.
What can Americans do about this?
There are many ways we can take action, but they all amount to effort spent on one task: stopping SOPA or PIPA from becoming law.
For information on what YOU can do to stop SOPA and PIPA — and to learn how they will CENSOR the Internet — please visit this site:
For information on the Wikipedia blackout, please visit:
Thank you for helping to keep the Internet safe for free speech and exchange of information!
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