You may recall I’ve blogged about the exceedingly ill-advised legislation entitled SOPA (‘Stop Online Piracy Act’) here and here. I am not alone in being very concerned about its potential effect on freedom of speech and expression, and the power it places in the hands of anyone with enough money to purchase a team of lawyers, not to mention the US Government. Tomorrow a number of major Internet entities will be running an organized protest (going dark for twenty-four hours, actually) against the proposed law, including Wikipedia, Boingboing, and Reddit. Here’s a news article about the protest.
In addition WordPress (the originators of this blog software), Mozilla (the creators of Firefox and Thunderbird) Craigslist and Facebook are planning organized protests, including, perhaps, going dark also.
It appears the White House has begun to distance itself from the legislation, and it’s been interesting to observe a real-live popular uprising in the US that has apparently had an effect.
Tomorrow should be an interesting day on the Web.