On the 18th January 2012, or if you are in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia it will be mostly on the 19th, there will be an internet protest. For those that don’t know, which would be a lot of people in Australia, SOPA/PIPA stands for :-
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Now you may think this sounds OK to stop Piracy on the internet, but once a door is opened it is very hard to close it again. It’s a bit like Australia’s Internet Filter that the Government wants to introduce, once started it opens the door for the powers that be to block anything they like, freedom of speech being one of many.
As you surf the net on the dates above, you will come across a lot of web sites blacked out, this includes a lot of blogs as well, so don’t think your computer has suddenly gone weird. There will be links on blogs that will only open to a black space; one of these is Wikipedia which is going on blackout for 24 hrs.
Interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
“This is a quite clumsily drafted legislation which is dangerous for an open Internet,” said Wales in an interview.
“I do think copyright holders have legitimate issues, but there are ways of approaching the issue that don’t involve censorship,” Wales said. Yahoo 7 News.
Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.
Raincoaster from WordPress has written a great article about this; again take the time to click onto the link below, for what to do with your own blog if you wish to partake in the protest. Remember the date for the southern hemisphere will be most of the 19th.
On January 18, Reddit is leading an Internet blackout for 12 hours. If you’d like to take part, there are several ways you can turn your own blog or website dark in solidarity with other protesters around the world. The Daily Dot.
There is also a forum here on WordPress.com as well if you would like a read.
WordPress .com Forum.
For anyone with a blog at WordPress and would like to join in the protest by going black or display a ribbon like the one I have on the right hand side of my blog, all you have to do is go to settings in your dashboard, and click onto SOPA/PIPA and choose which one you would like, then click onto save changes.