Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Great SOPA/PIPA Internet Day of Blackness

Just a collection of screen shots of some of the sites I happened to visit today that were "blacked out" protesting SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia came across as the de facto leader of today's protest movement.

Matthew Robertson, Canadian proprietor of 'thews reviews, darkened his site in solidarity as well. I'm sure there were many other smaller sites than that did the same.

The rest of the sites that followed were all the 'big names' that advertised their intention to go dark as well.

Two variations on a theme were Ars Technica and Wired. Ars went black but spent the day writing stories about the issues surrounding SOPA. Wired put up a clever site that showed what was underneath the blacked out areas when you rolled your mouse cursor over the redacted sections. Ars stayed up to educate about the issues, and did a very good job. Wired stayed up trying to look cool and make money at the same time. Wired wound up looking 'tired' if not a little lame out of all the protesting sites.

Ars Stories:

  1. SOPA Resistance Day begins at Ars
  2. Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard
  3. Why one game developer is skipping E3 to start an anti-SOPA crusade
  4. "Least restrictive means"? One way that SOPA could die in court
  5. SOPA blackout spreads across the Internet
  6. SOPA, Internet regulation, and the economics of piracy
  7. A history of IP violence: how SOPA's and PIPA's sponsors have waged war on the Internet
  8. The Lonely Island gets off its boat to oppose SOPA
  9. When a petition isn't enough: SOPA protestors raise money to hire lobbyist firm
  10. What does SOPA mean for us foreigners?
  11. Even without DNS provisions, SOPA and PIPA remain fatally flawed
  12. PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed
  13. Hollywood fights Internet protests with... TV ad, billboard, radio spot

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