Viva La Revolucion! The Interwebz is Shutting Down for 12 Hours

On January 18 the House Oversight Committee will be holding a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and on that day you might notice that some of your favorite sites will be going dark in protest: this is a sample of what the internet could potentially be like after SOPA. In addition to the sites mentioned below, activists across the Internet from Reddit, Digg, Twitter and Facebook are remaining silent for 12 hours in protest.

 

In opposition to this censorship bill, Reddit, The Cheezeburger’s network, Boing Boing, Wikipedia (for 24 hours),Major League Gaming, Nuts and Dolts, Destructoid, Piccano, The social Spew network, TriggerPit, FilthyClass as well as FreakOutNation among others will be going dark. A far more extensive list can be seen here. Also going dark, my friends at Anonymous, using the Twitter hashtags, #J18 and #SOPAblackout.

Reddit announced it was going to blackout on January 18th for 12 hours with Reddit co-founder Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian testifying at the hearing on the bill. Thus far, Digg.com has not weighed in on this controversial issue, so power diggers (those who spend a lot of time on Digg) and a few newer Digg users are uniting for this important cause to keep America from implementing censorship tactics thus taking away our right to Free Speech on the Internet. Because we love Digg, and knowing full well this censorship bill will be detrimental to the news aggregation site, we join Reddit is solidarity.

 

This is a bipartisan demonstration to educate the public as to what the Internet could resemble if this abomination of an Act is passed and likely will be, or at least PIPA — the Act is more realistically a Censorship Act in line with Iran and China. From every political spectrum, Digg users have united to oppose this abomination of a bill.

Those included in taking a proactive stance on Digg (so far) that do not object to being named, in alphabetical order are:

Absolutelytrue

Adeelarshad82

Adam Jones

Agha

Andy Green

Anomaly100

ArbiInc

Arpineh

BaddBrainz

Badqat

Blinker1315

BoboSmitor

Bossm4n

Bukowsky

CB810

CGdigg

Comgen aka: admin genix – bringing with him: 789 worker geeks, 12 family members and 34 close friends to the list (too many to list individually).

Cranelake

CosmicSurfer

CourageWulf

Davinci

DeafBeat

EMFK

Esornoso

Fcetier

Fyque

jgregc

Johnnr

Justatool

Hasai

Itc518

Jennifer Bailey

JohnDo

Kesk2006

kthorspear

k4b20 (Kai)

Kolding

LouieBaur

MichaelPinto

Mohsinzakaria

Muxmaster

Novenator

Ramun Kamur

Robert Wright

PhilPerspective

Ree Saunders

Shihtzuman

Smurfz

Doc Sockrates

Starmanjones

Subatomicdoc

Tara

Timelessbw

Tinytony

TokesterJokester

Theownerz

ThoughtsonThis

WhoNewMedia

Wjappe

Woodsjransom

Wuggaslady

 

Other Digg users who would like to join in, leave a comment and you’ll be added to this list.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has shelved SOPA but it’s not dead; SOPA’s evil twin PIPA is still on the rampage; PIPA, another bastardized version of Censorship with a cute name which reminds me of a Tele Tubby — except it’s not. It is very real.

 

Title: Drew Hendricks aka: Smurfz

Big thanks to EMFK

Image: Lorelle

 

  • http://digg.com/novenator/ novenator

    Add my name to the list. I’m in, and will probably boycott every social media site during this time in addition to Digg. Great solidarity here!

    • Gerri Elder

      I am shutting down the computer for those 12 hours.

      • Anomaly100

        You go grrl!

    • Gerri Elder

      I am shutting down the computer for those 12 hours.

  • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

    A list in alphabetical order nice! Down with SOPA

  • wjappe

    Everytime I turn around another piece of crap like SOPA comes around, and if your lucky enough to defeat it, they try to sneak another version in later. Wonderful government, just try to vote these creeps out is a pipe dream.

  • wjappe

    Everytime I turn around another piece of crap like SOPA comes around, and if your lucky enough to defeat it, they try to sneak another version in later. Wonderful government, just try to vote these creeps out is a pipe dream.

  • http://twitter.com/QueerjohnPA Queerjohn PA
  • http://twitter.com/QueerjohnPA Queerjohn PA
  • http://twitter.com/QueerjohnPA Queerjohn PA

    oops – i’m already there – sorry! :)

  • Gerri Elder

    Please add me, absolutelytrue

  • http://www.fstv.org Madison Native

    Madison_Native will go black in solidarity on Jan 18, 2012, in support of opposition to SOPA.

  • http://twitter.com/aghilmort Chris Augeri

    Nikki Blight is curating a more extensive site shutdown list at http://nlb-creations.com/2012/01/13/websites-confirmed-for-the-jan-18-blackout-protesting-sopa/. I’m updating ‘A to Z – The Definitive Guide to SOPA’ at http://chris-augeri.com/blog/2012/01/14/a-to-z-guide-sopa/

    • http://freakoutnation.com/ Anomaly

      Good catch! I’ll add the link now, thanks.

  • donuts4u

    Aye

  • donuts4u

    Aye

  • Doctor K

    It is government censorship, in a country founded on the principles of freedom.

  • Doctor K

    It is government censorship, in a country founded on the principles of freedom.

  • http://digg.com/novenator/ novenator

    FYI- the 12 hours runs from 8 am EST – 8pm EST. That’s 5am-5pm pacific, 1300-2300 GMT, etc. Find your own time zone. This is a world wide blackout.

  • Guest

    Who cares Obama already said he would veto the bill if it passes.

  • Jorge Reyes

    Please Stop this SOPA pipa B.S and also add me on the list. We cannot let them take our rights away.

    • Anomaly100

      I’d be happy to add you. What’s your digg user name or site?

    • Anomaly100

      I’d be happy to add you. What’s your digg user name or site?

  • Timelessbw

    Please add me to the list

    • Anomaly100

      Done. Thanks!

  • justhetruthpls

    Please add me to the list

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  • Mohsinzakaria

    please add me “mohsinzakaria”

    • Anomaly100

      Done. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/timelessbw Barbara McKay

    Please add me to the list.

    • Anomaly100

      I’d be happy to. What’s your digg user name or site?

    • Anomaly100

      I’d be happy to. What’s your digg user name or site?

    • Anomaly100

      I’d be happy to. What’s your digg user name or site?

    • Anomaly100

      I’d be happy to. What’s your digg user name or site?

  • Polly Jenkins

    Me Too. Please

  • http://tinyurl.com/Commision-command Polly Jenkins

    Me Too. Please

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.diggs.71 George Diggs

    I am swakd874 you may Also add me. I am new here :)