Bil Browning

We're Going Dark on Jan 18 to Protest SOPA

Filed By Bil Browning | January 17, 2012 7:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media, Site News
Tags: government, internet blackout, internet censorship, internet privacy, online protest, PROTECT IP Act, SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act

In solidarity with thousands of other websites around the nation, Bilerico Project will be going dark for twenty four hours - from midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday to midnight Wednesday - to protest the House's proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and it's Senate cousin, the PROTECT IP Act.

SOPA_1326802661_crop_550x413.jpegThis legislation simply gives the government way too much power to censor America's internet and as a minority community that's something that should particularly concern us. While nothing in this suggests it would be used to target the LGBT community, the broad reach of the proposed laws could be used to censor any group worldwide.

This is not a decision I've made lightly. Quite frankly, my income is mostly based on our ad revenue and subtracting an entire day's impressions will take its toll - especially since our traffic has continued to climb.

SOPA, however, gives the government the ability to force search engines to hide, put me in jail, and take all of my ad revenue whenever they decide. This is a longterm decision - one day versus any potential day the government decides.

We will display a black page on every page tomorrow with a message about the importance of defending the freedom of the internet. We'll link readers to more information about SOPA and the protest by Bilerico Project and sites like Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, and Facebook.

After the break is a handy infographic to easily explain SOPA and why it's so horrible for online communities. Check it out, but do it before midnight.


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