Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Good SOPA, Bad SOPA: Congress needs to hear your voice, New Mexico.
From the Blog: Media Literacy Project
Posted on January 18, 2012
Today thousands of sites have gone black in solidarity against the "Stop Online Piracy Act" and the "Protect IP Act". In support of the blackout, Media Literacy Project encourages you to visit our coalition partners at Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), Latinos for Internet Freedom and Black Voices for Internet Freedom to find out how you can contact your congressional representatives and tell them “SOPA is BAD.” The passage of these acts could fundamentally change the Internet as we know it--limiting the openness and creativity of the Internet that our communities have fought for. Among other things, these bills could censor websites, limit innovation, and kill jobs--Outcomes that New Mexico cannot afford.
Congress has the power to stop these bills -- but they need to hear from us. They need to know that working class, New Mexican families care about technology and the role it plays in social and economic inclusion.
We can play a direct role in determining the future of the Internet! Call your elected officials and tell them we want a fair and open Internet.
Watch the KRQE News on SOPA/PIPA featuring Media Literacy Project.
See if your Congressperson or Senator supports SOPA/PIPA.
And More from Fight for the Future
The internet is currently engaged in the largest ever online protest in opposition to internet censorship legislation moving in Congress, PIPA and SOPA.
Three top-ten sites in the U.S. -- Google.com, Craigslist.org, and en.wikipedia.org -- have blacked out all or part of their sites in protest of the bill.
As of 10 a.m. ET, eleven top 100 U.S. sites are participating in the strike (site rankings are from Alexa.com). Wordpress alone powers 16 percent of the top 1 million sites globally, and all of those sites are being blacked out.
More than 62,000 sites have signed up to join at sopastrike.com. The exact number of sites that are participating is unknown at this point, but we believe 10,000 to be a conservative estimate.
The protest is in response to legislation (S.968) scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th that would give the government and corporations new powers to block access to entire websites because of a single link in violation of copyright law. The website takedowns would effectively censor hosts of legal, constitutionally-protected speech, and the bill is considered to be in violation of the First Amendment by several prominent constitutional scholars.
Ultimately, the fight against these bills is about more than web censorship. It is a fundamental struggle about who has power in modern society -- the people with the means to communicate freely or the governments and corporations that want to lock down control. Today's action, and the corresponding drop-off in congressional support for these bills, is a raw display of power for the people at large.
A good link to a simple one minute explanation of what SOPA is all about.
Posted by: Lora Lucero | Jan 19, 2012 9:33:20 AM