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Protest SOPA and PIPA

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Dear </dream.in.code> community,

Being a part of the technological community we know better than anyone else the dangers that SOPA and PIPA pose. So I turn to you, to take a stand and spread the awareness. As many of you know there are already some major sites participating in a blackout tomorrow to protest SOPA and PIPA. Large sites like Wikipedia and Reddit have already committed to a 24 hour black out. However, we need to hit bigger demographics in order to get a response of the masses. That means two things. Facebook and Google. I ask the community to do 3 simple things, including passing the message to keep the spread of this going.

  • Google the phrase "I want Google to blackout to protest SOPA." If enough people do it, it will quickly rise to the top of the list as a trending topic, and when people query about SOPA or the blackout that will hopefully be an autosuggestion.
  • Facebook will most likely not blackout, however its important to spread the word on the largest social network. I have attached to the bottom of this post a picture, and I ask everyone change their profile picture to that picture. I ask that you do this for all of Wed. 18th (blackout date) or until the 24th which is the deadline on the vote.
  • Contact your senator(s) and tell them to vote this down!


Please spread this and encourage your respective social networks, to do the same. More info and how to contact your sentators at http://americancensorship.org/

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SwiftStriker00 

17 January 2012 - 08:36 AM
FYI:
Image is by Paul Tassi
Image Source: http://goo.gl/sK0oD
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pryogene 

17 January 2012 - 10:18 AM
I've disabled all of my servers completely. F*ck changing pictures, complete downtime baby!
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RudiVisser 

17 January 2012 - 12:21 PM
Um, White House already said they aren't going to even take votes on SOPA, so what's the point now?!
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SwiftStriker00 

17 January 2012 - 01:05 PM

RudiVisser, on 17 January 2012 - 02:21 PM, said:

Um, White House already said they aren't going to even take votes on SOPA, so what's the point now?!


That is a good point. It truly does help that the white house realized that it is indeed a bad thing. However it is still important to inform everyone on what is going on. SOPA and PIPA have been around for some time now and the vast majority of people still don't know what it is. We need to inform people on what it is, and why its bad.

Secondly its election season, what if the republicans take the white house, that means its a new administration and possibly a change of view on the administration (I don't know what candidates are pro/against, just saying in general).

Lastly, just because the president veto's it, doesn't mean it will just go away. The house and senate could override it. Thats why its important to persuade your congressmen and senators.
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SwiftStriker00 

17 January 2012 - 01:10 PM
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Serapth 

17 January 2012 - 03:06 PM

RudiVisser, on 17 January 2012 - 07:21 PM, said:

Um, White House already said they aren't going to even take votes on SOPA, so what's the point now?!


Awareness. SOPA ain't dead, not by a long shot.


Disconcertingly, it's only the DNS aspect they have opposition to.
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ishkabible 

17 January 2012 - 03:45 PM

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Um, White House already said they aren't going to even take votes on SOPA, so what's the point now?!


can you provide a citation for that? they have only said they are against it and are seeking alternatives from what I understand.
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BetaWar 

17 January 2012 - 08:49 PM
For anyone who wants to use it:
https://public.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pogKv7MqqEr3xTXUnLUjX3cixBAzZwvt2PDdAgnao-tyY0bIlLKUBjKXTVNY0pbBAYGk-TALnKJ8R7pY7BSfXpA/stop_sopa.png

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H3R3T1C 

17 January 2012 - 10:21 PM
Google has started a petition
https://www.google.c...ing/takeaction/
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atraub 

17 January 2012 - 10:30 PM
it's not much, but I put a javascript redirect at LearningPythonProgramming to show my support!
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The Architect 2.0 

18 January 2012 - 12:26 AM
...is reducing the functionality of the internet really the best way to preserve the functionality of the internet? No one else sees the lack of logic in this?

I mean, its one thing to post a bulletin up or change your banner...but you would prefer not having google/wikipedia/twitter/facebook/reddit?
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SwiftStriker00 

18 January 2012 - 07:36 AM

The Architect 2.0, on 18 January 2012 - 02:26 AM, said:

...is reducing the functionality of the internet really the best way to preserve the functionality of the internet? No one else sees the lack of logic in this?

I mean, its one thing to post a bulletin up or change your banner...but you would prefer not having google/wikipedia/twitter/facebook/reddit?


Watch the outrage that ensues due to the fact people can't get their dose of wikipedia and reddit. Thats the point, we need to motivate the people to take action, because while one day may be annoying, its an example of what it can (and probably will) be like if these bills pass. The sites will have too much risk to operate as they do under SOPA and PIPA. The internet at best will become readonly or moderator pre-approved which will cripple destroy it.
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