Beginning Wednesday at 12am, Spry Digital is joining Wikipedia and thousands of websites to protest Internet censorship. For at least twelve hours, our site will be “censored” in solidarity with those that oppose two bills currently being considered in the US House and Senate. Called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP (PIPA), these bills threaten to destroy the Internet as we know it. Technology experts, including the government’s own security specialists, agree that these will not work and will put Americans at risk.
As web professionals, the way in which we earn a living and help other organizations implement and use technology could be severely hindered if SOPA is allowed to pass. Look for many other examples of protest against SOPA and PIPA around the Web on Wednesday.
[UPDATE] Lamar Smith, the chief sponsor of SOPA, has decided to pull the bill until “there is wider agreement on a solution.” Chalk one up for the Internet!