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Stop Censorship, Stop PIPA/SOPA

Stop Censorship, Stop PIPA/SOPA

HASTAC is joining with others around the U.S. and globally on the Internet to protest the outrageous SOPA/PIPA bill that - yes - is still making its way through Congress right now. Major organizations such Wikipedia, Mozilla, and many others are participating in a one-day black out, while others including Google, are using their home pages, as are we, to protest and inform about these frightening bills that would have a chilling impact on intellectual freedom and digital interaction. We were heartened by the news that the Obama administration is opposing the bills and so we chose to to stay online but with a banner on the site, but clearly the debate is far from over. The potential implications of this corporate and politically-motivated censorship upon academic freedom, especially digital scholarship, are simply staggering.

So many others have covered the issues around SOPA/PIPA so well (and my own understanding of the legislation is so comparatively tiny) that I won't bother to rehash them but will link to some of the best below. Thanks to HASTACers Gerry Canavan for posting about SOPA last month and Alex Leavitt for today's post about how SOPA opposition galvanized on Reddit. I highly recommend this 4-minute video (also embedded at left) that explains the legislation, including an important update at the end.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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Truly amazing stuff, particularly the Wikipedia blackout...


Thanks for this Ruby; it's excellent HASTAC has included a black bar today calling to stop censorhip. People might be interested in getting a badge or customising their profile avatars to participate in the Blackout SOPA protest:


Anonymous (not verified)

I guess there is only one reason for censoring something in the Internet and this is porn with children or similar things.  There must be a free internet access in every country of the world.  Until now there are some countries, for example in Asia and Africa where it is not allowed to visit every website. This is a rule out of the beginning of the last century... it will fall down...


a little blurb about our blackout up at Tiltfactor