All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘SOPA Blackout’

Reddit Launches Bus Tour to “Promote the Open Internet”

Emboldened by the part it played in combating the SOPA legislation earlier this year with an “internet blackout,” Reddit has officially announced that it is taking to the road with a bus tour in support of the open internet. In a post over at the Reddit blog, Reddit GM Erik Martin today announced the Internet 2012 Bus Tour. Martin, Reddit …

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SOPA Blackout Day By The Numbers [Infographic]

Frugal Dad has put out an infographic breaking down SOPA blackout day (January 18) by the numbers. “The Wikipedia blackout was seen by 160 million people – over twice those who tuned in to the first televised presidential debate,” a spokesperson tells WebProNews. “And if the total calls made to Congress were an average of 45 seconds each, every senator …

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SOPA Protests, Wikipedia Blackout Visualized Through Tweets

If you wanted to make the declarative statement “Last Wednesday’s internet SOPA / PIPA protests killed SOPA & PIPA,” there exists some pretty strong evidence to back you up. First, Congressional support for the legislation took a nosedive following the protests. And it doesn’t appear that Wednesday’s protests simply happened at the right time – an emphasis on a foregone …

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“Father Of The Web” Tim Berners-Lee Comes Out Against SOPA / PIPA

The inventor of the World Wide Web has come out against SOPA and PIPA. British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who created the World Wide Web in 1989, called the legislation a violation of human rights and urged Americans to contact their legislators and express their opposition. Speaking at the IBM Lotusphere conference in Florida the day after the SOPA Blackout, …

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SOPA / PIPA: Orrin Hatch Withdraws Support After Blackout

Yesterday’s SOPA blackout is turning out to be an amazingly effective protest. After angry internet users spent yesterday calling and emailing their Congressional representatives (and even sending telegrams), support for SOPA and PIPA is dropping in a big hurry. Yesterday we brought you news that Republican senator Marco Rubio had backed down from his support of PIPA, of which he …

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SOPA Tweets Top 2.4 Million On SOPA Blackout Day

Twitter didn’t go dark to protest SOPA / PIPA on Wednesday, although some thought they should. An argument against Twitter shutting off its service was that it would severely hamper the flow of information about the other SOPA Blackouts. Basically, “where are we going to talk about SOPA and PIPA if social networks shut down?” On that note, Twitter said …

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Google’s SOPA / PIPA Blackout Petition Generates 4.5 Million Signatures [UPDATE: 7 Million]

UPDATE: The figure is now well over 7 million, according to a Google+ post. Thank you to the more than 7 million of you in the U.S. that took the time yesterday to petition Congress to stop #SOPA and #PIPA, two bills that would censor the web and impose burdensome regulations on American businesses. Please keep +1ing, tweeting and sharing …

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Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart Take On SOPA Blackouts

Comedy Central’s late night duo took notice of yesterday’s SOPA Blackouts, as Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report both included SOPA-themed segments on Wednesday. Colbert takes the stance that anything you need on the internet, he can provide. So what if reddit is blacked out? A certain photoshopped picture featuring a few of reddit’s favorite …

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Wikipedia Ends Their SOPA / PIPA Blackout

It’s been a cold and lonely place on the Internet over the past 24 hours. Wikipedia was in full blackout mode as they protested both SOPA / PIPA. Well my friends, the blackout is over. The world is right again, as Wikipedia is back to normal operations. If cup your hand to you ear you may hear the joyous cheers …

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SOPA: Vimeo Vid Explains SOPA/PIPA Simply

Online video sharing site Vimeo has created a very simple walk-through of SOPA/PIPA and the real story of how they work and what dangers they contain. When you first arrive at the Vimeo site today, you are greeted by this graphic pop-up. (image) Sites like Vimeo, Reddit, and Google have been highlighting the overreach of the proposed laws and how …

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SOPA Blackout: Reddit Co-Founder Discusses Blackout

Reddit co-counder Alexis Ohanion dropped by CNN’s newsroom today to discuss his website’s blackout in opposition to SOPA/PIPA. In the discussion, Ohanion confirmed that all sides agree that piracy is a bad thing and should be stopped. But, the debate is how to go about doing that. Many feel that SOPA/PIPA is using a hatchet to solve a problem best-suited …

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SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest

TorrentFreak is joining the, well, torrent of websites that are blacking out in protest of SOPA today. While some, like Wikipedia and Reddit, are blacking out completely, many are showing their support in other ways. TorrentFreak, a site that specializes in new from the world of filesharing, shows users a blacked out site with a dialogue box asking them to …

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Porn Sites Black Out For SOPA

With so many sites down today to protest SOPA and PIPA, it’s safe to assume that many internet denizens will turn to other recreational sites to fill the void (I’m looking at you, redditors). But don’t think that just because you’re browsing the porn tubes, that means you’re in a SOPA Blackout-free zone. In fact, many popular streaming porn tube …

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SOPA Blackout: Twitter Shows Dangers Of A World Without Wikipedia

Did you know that Helen Keller was a military sniper and NASCAR driver? That reggae was invented in the 1880s by a drunken Irish bagpiper? That Abraham Lincoln used a magic whip to fight pirates and free the slaves in the 1980s? These are the sorts of facts you can find on Twitter today. In honor of Wikipedia’s blackout in …

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SOPA Blackout: MoveOn.Org Joins Protest

Progressive political juggernaut, MoveOn.Org is blacked out in protest of the proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation. Their homepage now features this: (image)

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Wikipedia Blackout: How To Access Wikipedia, If You Really Really Really Have To

So you wake up this morning with a hankerin’ for some knowledge about Vladimir Putin’s early life, only to find that Wikipedia is down for the count. And they will stay that way until 12 am Thursday, having blacked out their site to protest the SOPA and PIPA legislation working their way through the U.S. Congress. Wikipedia is one of …

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SOPA Blackout: The Oatmeal Shuts Down In Protest

Joining today’s blackout protests against SOPA/PIPA, The Oatmeal has shut down. Instead of the usual home page, visitors are greeted with an animated gif containing a humorous message about SOPA. (image) The text below the gif reads: “For the next 24 hours I am blacking out TheOatmeal.com in protest of SOPA and PIPA. If one of these bills were to …

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Reddit Blackout To Protest SOPA Goes Live

Much to the chagrin of, well, most of the people on the internet I assume, reddit has officially begun their blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Reddit will be dark from 8 am EST to 8 pm EST, during which they advise users not to panic, drink a cup of coffee and grab your towel. Visiting reddit.com sends you …

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SOPA Blackout: SMBC Online Comic Joins Today’s Protests

Popular online comic “SMBC” joined the SOPA/PIPA protest blackout today. Rather than the usual front page, visitors were greeted with the bold headline: (image) Notice the link to “it’s happened before”. It points to a Wikipedia article on “Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Hearings, subhead: Comic Book Hearings”. Of course, Wikipedia is blacked out today, too. So.

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SOPA Blackout Day: The Early Twitter Reaction

Since Twitter is not participating in the SOPA Blackout today, people are able to take to the site to express their support and/or frustration with the effort. Many high-profile sites have already begun their blackouts to protest the controversial legislation. At midnight on Wednesday, Wikipedia went dark, as did WordPress, Boing Boing and Minecraft. Sites like Google and Craigslist are …

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Wikipedia SOPA Blackout Causes Freak Outs On Twitter

Chances are most of you who read news online have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Well, it was recently announced that Wikipedia would institute a blackout in protest of SOPA & PIPA. As you might expect, the blackout caught some completely off guard and struggling to finish homework assignments. Many have turned to …

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Craigslist SOPA Blackout: KEEP THOSE CLAMMY HANDS OFF THE INTERNET!

Craigslist is getting into the SOPA Blackout Day fun, displaying this message when you visit the site: STOP PIPA (Senate 968) & SOPA (HR 3261) Imagine a world without craigslist, Wikipedia, Google, [your favorite sites here]… News Corp, RIAA, MPAA, Nike, Sony, Comcast, VISA & others want to make that world your reality. 80 Members of Congress are in their …

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Minecraft Says “NOPA” To PIPA & SOPA

Popular building game, Minecraft, has joined in on the SOPA/PIPA protest. Currently, if you visit the site you’ll see the image above with the following message: “We are joining the Internet-wide protest against SOPA/PIPA today on JAN 18th by shutting down our websites.” Oddly enough Minecraft.net chose the color red for their “black” out. You’ll also notice the title of …

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Boing Boing Blackout: “SOPA Would Kill Us Forever”

Popular blog boingboing.net joined the SOPA Blackout at Midnight on Wednesday with a 503 error that reads: Boing Boing is offline today, because the US Senate is considering legislation that would certainly kill us forever. The legislation is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and would put us in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that …

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Google Protests SOPA With Blacked Out Logo

Although Google is not going to the lengths that Wikipedia is to show their opposition to SOPA and PIPA, they have nonetheless joined the effort with what could be called their most spartan Google Doodle ever. When you visit Google you’re met with this, a giant black censor bar over the Google logo. The only part of the logo barely …

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WordPress.org Blackout To Protest SOPA / PIPA Now Live

Joining in on the protest of SOPA / PIPA WordPress.org has blacked out their homepage for today. The site reads, “Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this …

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Wikipedia Blackout To Protest SOPA / PIPA Goes Live

As expected, the biggest crowdsourced encyclopedia in the world has gone dark for English users. Wikipedia is probably the most prominent site that has decided to black itself out in order to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales said that “the encyclopedia will always be neutral. The community need not be, not …

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Going Dark For SOPA Blackout? Here Are Some Tips

As major sites like Wikipedia and reddit prepare for a Wednesday blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate cousin the Protect IP Act, many smaller sites are also debating whether or not they want to participate in what is being called “SOPA Blackout Day.” White there is still a great deal of debate surrounding the possible …

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