As a blogger, I’m deeply concerned about our rights to say and share what and how we please online. Now that SOPA and PIPA are tabled in Congress, it’s easy to forget how close we came to a government-controlled web. Consider the that bills seek to lay full copyright burden on site owners—this means sites unable to police enormous amounts of user generated content, sites like Facebook and Wikipedia, could be subject to infringement charges and government shut down.
The Jan. 18th protest was the largest in U.S. history; our new graphic recounts that momentous day for social media users in tweets, emails and calls. We invite you to pay respects to this online movement that inspired/pressured 13 SOPA-supporting senators (and 3 co-sponsors) to issue statements against overly-strict online privacy measures. And as exciting as the success of this online mobilization has been, our efforts only tabled two of the worst censorship bills to ever face the web.