Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Going Dark Tomorrow

I'm shutting down this blog for 24 hours beginning at midnight and ending at 12:01 on Thursday morning, in sympathy with Wikipedia, which is going dark Wednesday.  It's a protest against the latest ploy by Congress to curtail our liberties.  The measure is SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  Stopping online piracy would of course be a good thing, but the language of this bill shows it to be an excuse to shut down virtually any website the government doesn't like.  It amounts to censorship of the Internet, in other words.   Write your Congressman and Senators and urge them to vote against this bill.  Keep the government's hands off the Internet!

See you on Thursday. 


123 said...

See the following article updating the situation in DC re SOPA:


"SOPA Opera: White House Shuts Down Proposed Online Anti-Piracy Bill
from Scientific American

Rather than deliver an ultimatum to those on either side of the debate, the recent White House statement related to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (PIPA) encourages the entertainment and technology industries to work together to find a solution. This call for a back-to-the-drawing-board approach to clamping down on Internet intellectual-property piracy while preserving free speech has many wondering whether lawmakers will simply rework SOPA (pdf) and PIPA (pdf) using different language or if they will take anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA concerns to heart."...

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Thank you. I hope this bill is dead, and any like it.

I'm still shutting down now for the 24 hours.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

On second thought, is that headlinea accurate, and if so, can the White House actually DO that? Shut down proposed legislation??? Just shut it down? If so, that would be quite scary!