I was completely thrilled to see the efforts of organizations like Wikipedia and Google this week in their opposition against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – the bill in Congress that's supposed to fight against online piracy.
So far, Wikipedia went completely black for an entire day, and Google published a cool logo on their website that showed their logo blacked out by a dark screen. Let's keep the protest alive and well. Read this article to get a clear understanding of what's at stake.
Let me be clear. Fighting online piracy is just fine by me. But we can't let the government do it in this way, and Wikipedia and Google know it. The way that SOPA and the bill in the senate, PIPA, are written would make it really, really easy for the government to censor legit content by forcing the blackout of websites. That means you and me, my friends, can be digitally silenced at some bureaucrat's whim.
Please don't sit back and let these bills become law, at least not how they are written now. Call your representative NOW and tell them their vote in favor of SOPA or PIPA means your vote will go in favor of their opponent next election day.