January 18th has been designated as an Internet Blackout Day in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills before Congress.
These bills sound good at first mention — supposedly all about protecting copyright infringement — but there is more to them than just that. They are so broadly and yet brutally written that they could change everything about the internet as we know it … the way we share and gather information… the way we connect with others. Everything.
After seeing a frenzy of conversations on Facebook and Twitter regarding the issue, I decided not to black out today but instead share more info on why SOPA is so dangerous for everyone. Yes — everyone.
I urge you to contact your representatives and press them to vote against SOPA — voting takes place in a few short days.
The following infographic does a pretty good job of explaining the issues, but for more information you can check out 5Minutes For Mom’s post on Stopping Internet Censorship. Sarah at Water, Water, Everywhere does a good job sharing info on why SOPA and PIPA are bad.
Finally, for an excellent breakdown of exactly what the bill proposes, read this article from Mashable, which throughly explains why SOPA is dangerous.
As of now it is 11:33 central time — I’m hitting publish and then I’ll see everyone again on the 19th. … hoping we all can help Congress see the light!