It has been of recent concern that the United States government is trying to pass two technology-related legislative pieces aimed at damaging the free and open Internet, called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). I have discussed in a short statement on Wikimedia Commons about their move (along with the rest of Wikipedia), stating that:
“What I want to see happen on the Internet is not to propagandize people and punish those who use it to spread goodwill to other people. [Rather], I want to see it as a tool to educate others, to distribute online material freely for the welfare of other people, and to spread the truths on current events.” I would also like to express my sympathy to other affected websites who are directly affected by these upcoming legislative bills that would curtail freedom of expression on the Internet, and I will support the cause on this pressing issue. In my opinion, both bills will seriously blow one of the freedoms written down in many constitutions around the world: the Freedom of Speech (also called Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Communication).
In light of this protest, I will temporarily go blackout for 12 hours from 11:00pm Pacific Time (7:00am UTC) tomorrow, January 17, 2012, in light of the growing global protests on the SOPA and PIPA. For more information, click on the following links:
Although this action may be reactionary as I follow suit from other websites, I will make sure to keep you posted whenever possible through social media and select forums. I have taken this decision seriously as this can affect how I communicate with you forever, and this is the most serious action that I will do to show to the world that the Internet can NEVER be used as a propaganda tool to control what people read, hear, watch, and write.
Thank you for your understanding on this important matter.