Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Going Dark for the Day

  Short, but worthwhile post today...

Craigslist going dark for the day.
  Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that today (Wednesday, Jan. 18th), websites like Wikipedia and Craigslist are 'going dark' in the U.S., along with many other sites 'blacking out' their logo to protest against anti-piracy legislation being considered by U.S. Congress.

  At first glance, it seems like Congress is trying to do the right thing: going after Internet pirates and counterfeiters. But diving further into the proposed legislation, it becomes clear SOPA and PIPA are the wrong way to do it. 

  SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect Intellectual Property Act) would essentially censor the web. The U.S. government would be able to block websites using similar methods employed in China. Really, that's all that needs to be said.

  The Senate begins voting on January 24th

  My suggestion? Read up on it, and educate yourselves. Then, if so inclined, sign the petition urging Congress to vote NO on SOPA and PIPA.



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