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January 18, 2012
20:02 // 2 years ago
20:01 // 2 years ago

mashable:

“Because the biggest producers of content on the Internet are not Google and Yahoo — they’re us – we’re the ones getting policed. The real threat to the enactment of PIPA and SOPA is our ability to share things with one another.”

-Clay Shirky, in his “emergency” TED talk about SOPA and why it would create a “consumption-only Internet.”

Watch this, all. "The threat is this inversion of proof."

(via evangotlib)

18:36 // 2 years ago

SOPA loses support among congressional sponsors

  • 3 SOPA/PIPA sponsors withdraw support on day of blackout source

» Feeling some heat? Of these three co-sponsors of the SOPA or PIPA legislation, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is by far the biggest name. Rubio cited concerns about “a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet.” The other two co-sponsors were Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, and Rep. Ben Quayle of Arizona. A Quayle spokesman, Zach Howell, made it clear the Arizona congressman could vote for a reworked bill: “The bill could have some unintended consequences that need to be addressed. Basically it needs more work before he can support it.”

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14:51 // 2 years ago
thisistheverge:

Game, set, and match. via @Encarta95

And friends, we have our first Great Blackout meme.

thisistheverge:

Game, set, and match. via @Encarta95

And friends, we have our first Great Blackout meme.

9:47 // 2 years ago

joshsternberg:

Tumblr’s communicating to its users. Whether it’s activism like this or protectionism against Missing E, seeing these popups is intriguing…

Really dig that Tumblr is giving its users the option to black out, rather than just doing it for them.

9:36 // 2 years ago

On defending the #altwiki idea

One of the things that always gets me is the way that people always assume the worst intentions of mainstream media outlets, as if they’re large organizations who always think in terms of protecting their own vested interests, over the generally-more-accurate approach that it involves hundreds of people individually working for common goals. And last night, I pointed out how genius I thought the #altwiki idea was — as sort of a way for The Guardian, The Washington Post and NPR to avoid taking a formal stance on SOPA while still getting a chance to be active in the blackout off to the sidelines. I got some blowback from a few folks, but I’ll defend the approach heavily. It gets people engaged in the event (and thinking about the issues involved) without forcing the outlets to take a stance — allowing them to keep their objectivity. That’s win-win to me. — Ernie @ SFB

9:33 // 2 years ago

Looks like Fark is going a different route with this whole SOPA thing, according to founder Drew Curtis. All will reportedly be revealed at 8:00 a.m. ET.

EDIT: The reasoning for the joke? “While a bunch of other sites are going ‘dark’ to protest SOPA/PIPA, we’re over the moon about the whole thing. Why? Honestly, we’ve been bringing you the latest news happening across the internet for 12 years, and we’re tired. And SOPA/PIPA is the perfect excuse to quit.” Drew Curtis needs a vacation.

3:11 // 2 years ago

Via Hacker News (not closed, greyed-out): For those looking to make a quick phone call to your representative about SOPA, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Get your own widget here.

2:32 // 2 years ago
Today isn’t the first internet blackout. The honor goes to this 1996 protest against the Communications Decency Act.

Today isn’t the first internet blackout. The honor goes to this 1996 protest against the Communications Decency Act.

2:09 // 2 years ago