Identi.ca blackout 18 Jan 2012 8AM-8PM EST to protest SOPA/PIPA
Identi.ca will join Reddit, the Cheezburger Network, and dozens of other web sites in protest of the Stop Online Privacy Act proposed in the US Congress and its corresponding Senate bill, Protect IP. We will be blacking out the service on Wednesday, January 18th 2012 from 8AM to 8PM EST. I want to explain why.
First, and most importantly, Identi.ca users have asked for it. A poll on Identi.ca had a 90% favorable response rate for a blackout.
Second, because our company is based on an open Web and an open Internet. We want to make the social web look more like the Internet -- distributed, hierarchical, and participative. It's a journey, and we want the Internet to still be there when we reach our goals.
And third, because SOPA/PIPA will directly affect community-generated sites like Identi.ca.
If you're looking for more information on the SOPA/PIPA bills, and how they affect you whether or not you live in the USA, I recommend reviewing americancensorship.org. And I hope that if you run a Web service or publishing platform, you'll join us in this blackout.
We'll have an off-site discussion at identicablackout.status.net during the blackout.