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January 18, 2012

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
The Wikipedia blackout presents a horrifying picture of a world with no knowledge. So does the Fox News website, which is running normally.
Andy Daglas (via kateoplis)

Quote of the night. 
1:36 // 2 years ago

"Today is gonna be the the day/Wikipedia’s gonna close for you/By now you should’ve known how/Jimmy Wales was gonna screw you fools/I can’t believe that anybody acts the way you do/About research”

'F*@& me', the words are in the tweets/Of the kids who all ignored the news/Not sure you’d heard of it before?/This blackout against SOPA’s rule/Didn’t you see the giant message plastered on the page/For ‘Mountain Dew’?”

"And all the time I have to work is fading/And all the tools I have to search are missing/There are many things that I/Would like to find tonight/But I don’t know how”

"And you say ‘maybe/I’m gonna play a game/or something/’cause after all/I’m a slacker, y’all’”

1:27 // 2 years ago
What you guys will see if you head to the blog today. It’ll only show up once and will go away quickly. Promise.

What you guys will see if you head to the blog today. It’ll only show up once and will go away quickly. Promise.

1:02 // 2 years ago
January 17, 2012

ayyjam says: Anyone who reads SFB already knows about SOPA so you'd be doing us a disservice to blackout. The worthy news services like yourself need to keep us up to date while those websites, such as Wikipedia, that reach an unaware audience take care of getting their attention.

» SFB says: We got a bunch of asks after our post earlier, with roughly 80 percent of them sharing this sentiment. This one in particular kind of got to the point I was thinking about (thanks for the thoughts!), so this seems to us like the way to go, then. We may have an interstitial, but instead of using one of the pre-fab ones, we’d probably build our own. Thanks for the feedback, everyone! — Ernie @ SFB

20:02 // 2 years ago
awesomebrainpowers:

Not to trivialize an incredibly important issue, but I foresee an off-the-charts spike in office productivity tomorrow. Sadly, the websites that track that kind of thing will have gone dark, so no-one will ever know.
tpmmedia:

A lot of major websites are “going dark” on January 18 in protest over the internet bill SOPA, and this timeline shows you how the campaign has ramped up in the last week. Google is even planning a special doodle about SOPA tomorrow. (via TPM)


We’re on the fence about going dark. We’d rather cover the phenomenon and inform people about it than disappear entirely. I asked inothernews about this, and his thought was this: “I think that if it affects us directly in our ability to deliver information to our audiences, then we have no choice but to participate.” However, to us, it seems like it breaks the line between information source and activism; we’d rather tell people about the activists than play that role ourselves. What do you all think? — Ernie @ SFB

awesomebrainpowers:

Not to trivialize an incredibly important issue, but I foresee an off-the-charts spike in office productivity tomorrow. Sadly, the websites that track that kind of thing will have gone dark, so no-one will ever know.

tpmmedia:

A lot of major websites are “going dark” on January 18 in protest over the internet bill SOPA, and this timeline shows you how the campaign has ramped up in the last week. Google is even planning a special doodle about SOPA tomorrow. (via TPM)

We’re on the fence about going dark. We’d rather cover the phenomenon and inform people about it than disappear entirely. I asked inothernews about this, and his thought was this: “I think that if it affects us directly in our ability to deliver information to our audiences, then we have no choice but to participate.” However, to us, it seems like it breaks the line between information source and activism; we’d rather tell people about the activists than play that role ourselves. What do you all think? — Ernie @ SFB

18:35 // 2 years ago
Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February. I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.
Rep. Lamar Smith • Noting that he will continue pushing SOPA hearings next month despite widespread frustration against the bill. “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property,” he writes, “we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.” So yeah, SOPA not dead, just dormant.
16:09 // 2 years ago
January 16, 2012
kohenari:

It’s nice to see Wikipedia getting in on the action with regard to protesting SOPA (which might not be around much longer) and PIPA, a couple of bad laws relating to internet usage.
That said, students: It might be better still if you didn’t make Wikipedia your go-to source for research … and not just this Wednesday.

Hah! Jimmy seriously thinks that kids desperate enough to use Wikipedia to research will get as far as his Twitter page? Sometimes the blink tag is way more suitable for the job.

kohenari:

It’s nice to see Wikipedia getting in on the action with regard to protesting SOPA (which might not be around much longer) and PIPA, a couple of bad laws relating to internet usage.

That said, students: It might be better still if you didn’t make Wikipedia your go-to source for research … and not just this Wednesday.

Hah! Jimmy seriously thinks that kids desperate enough to use Wikipedia to research will get as far as his Twitter page? Sometimes the blink tag is way more suitable for the job.

(Source: brooklynmutt)

20:05 // 2 years ago
While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House.
Rep. Darrell Issa • Speaking about the proposed shelving of SOPA in the House, which is a big victory for opponents of the legislation. However, the Senate will continue to vote on the similar PROTECT-IP legislation on January 24, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for a vote on. Even as the bill has been shelved in the House, don’t view this as an endgame for the legislation: ”You can’t view this bill in isolation; it’s part of a continuum,” Public Knowledge’s director, Art Brodsky, warns. “They will try to muddle through with something.” (By the way, if you haven’t already seen it, Chris Hayes’ lengthy roundtable discussion on SOPA, which included NBC Universal’s Richard Cotton and Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, is a must-watch for its fairly objective handling of the issue.)
12:30 // 2 years ago