The Day the Web Went Black
The web will look a little darker today as some of the world’s largest tech companies take a stand against SOPA. Last night at midnight, Wikipedia shut down its English-language sites in order to protest plans to police the internet and combat piracy in the U.S., and they aren’t the only ones.
Google has joined the protest ‘blacking out’ its logo on its U.S. home page and providing a link to a landing page explaining the proposed law. BoingBoing, Reddit, WordPress and Firefox are also fully or partially blacking out there sites and service to show solidarity.
The following video and links provide detailed information on what SOPA and PIPA are, why they’re bad, and how they could affect you and your business. Knowledge is power, so take some time to educate yourself today.
Just don’t try to use Wikipedia for your research
- What is SOPA? - http://gizmodo.com/5877000/what-is-sopa
- What is the PIPA Bill? - http://ansonalex.com/technology/what-is-pipa/
- How SOPA Would Affect You: FAQS - http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57329001-281/how-sopa-would-affect-you-faq/
- Black Wednesday: In Protest of SOPA, Darken the Web (includes information on how SOPA would affect Canadians) - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/michael-geist/sopa-protest_b_1210467.html
If you’re reading this from the U.S., make sure you answer Google’s call to action and sign the petition to stop SOPA – click the image below for more details.