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It has been 12 hours since the blackouts protesting SOPA and PIPA started. Below is coverage from the English-language Net.
Best quotes so far:
“Icanhazcheezeburger?! OK, this is serious now.”
In Wikipedia land:
- The response to the English Wikipedia blackout has been overwhelmingly positive. The OTRS team (a community group that handles most email inquiries about Wikipedia) has been handling the surge of correspondence beautifully.
- a post by Sue Gardner on the WMF blog about the blackout have together received over 10,000 comments from readers — roughly 3x the total # of comments received in the entire history of the blog. 90% of them are supportive of the blackout, 5% are opposed, and 5% are neutral.
- Fellow trustee Stu West suggests that 100M Wikipedia readers may read about the bills today via Wikipedia - half via the blackout on English Wikipedia, and half from banners on other language projects and the mobile sites. (Another large audience saw the ‘heads-up’ banner we ran all day yesterday.)
Elsewhere on the Web
- Google shared a brilliant doodle and a page asking for Congress’s ear have gathered a great deal of attention.
- Mozilla changed the default Firefox start page to protest SOPA.
- The SOPA/PIPA-protest music videos keep getting better.
- Microsoft comments in the mildlest possible language that it opposes the bills as currently drafted.
- Zephoria’s blog goes dark.
In Washington, politicians are beginning taking notice. They seem to be seriously considering and commenting on the demonstrated failings of the legislation on hand, not just backing off (as GoDaddy did) to await ‘consensus’.
- Late Tuesday, Rep Lee Terry [R-Nebraska], a SOPA co-sponsor, withdrew his support for SOPA.
- At 10am Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio [R-Florida], a PIPA co-sponsor, withdrew his support for PIPA.
- At 2pm Wednesday, Rep Tim Holden [D-Pennsylvania], a SOPA co-sponsor, withdrew his support for SOPA.
Other coverage online:
- Techdirt has an excellent recap of why SOPA and PIPA are dangerous and unnecessary.
- …and reminds us that our current protections from domain seizures and shutdowns are already inadequate, and have been abused to censor smaller sites.
- SopaBlackout.org offers resources for activists
- New York papers are covering the city’s SOPA protests, the largest in the country.
- Coz Ezra Klein explains why the Internet’s still protesting, on his WonkBlog
- Sarah Stierch blogs about the SOPA blackout and why Wikipedia needs women.
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