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SOPA PIPA the Blackout


What is going on today with the web?

  It seems like something unprecedented as happed in regards to the SOPA PIPA protests many web sites have been 'blacked out' including http://en.wikipedia.org to raise awareness and in protest of SOPA and PIPA acts.


What is SOPA and PIPA and why is it important?

There are so many blogs, news sites and individuals out there that are covering this I dont think that adding to the noise with my explanation will help all too much, but if you check out the below video it should answer most of the questions as to what and why these acts are not good for the web. 

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



The BBC also have an excellent picture gallery of some of the web sites that are protesting the act.


Will this change anything?


Who knows? #occupywallstreet seemed to gain alot of media attraction but didn't really change anything, but that was focused not on one issue and quite frankly not many people have too much bother to a collection of students and liberals camping in cities round the world. This protest on the other hand is having the kind of global reach and impact with every person who makes use of the web on a daily basis. Hopefully it will make congress think twice and stop bending to the will of the lobbyists and start listening to the voices of the millions of little people in protest. 

With the power of companies like Google, the Wikimedia foundation and facebook against this act then maybe, just maybe it will all work out for the best.


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