Wikipedia, MoveOn, Reddit, Mozilla shuts down to protest SOPA/PIPA, how to prepare
The question is, is it an abuse? Is it maybe one abuse that is trying to balance out the other abuse – the industrio-lobbying complex that has been built over the decades in corridors of power?
If I was working for MPAA I would have a fun time spinning the black-out into a black-mailing situation. IT companies are leveraging their user bases as an asset in a political fight. It might be a fight for a good thing, however if they demonstrate their power-through-users too successfully they will create many new enemies, powerful enemies. I’d wonder what time they would choose for a pay-back.
Imagine a politician seeing a situation where Facebook could openly support his opponent or a cause of his opponent. That could result in much stronger sway of votes than newspaper editors endorsing a candidate or similar. New media is much more concentrated than old media. And if I would be a (slightly evil) politician I’d make sure no-one can influence public in this way. The only way allowed would be through lobbying and buying my vote, not forcing me.
SOPA opposition from tech heavyweights Google, Facebook MoveOn announced that they would join Wikipedia in the protest Monday. Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn released this statement today: “Congress is playing fast and loose with Internet censorship legislation that would have people like Justin Bieber thrown in jail for uploading a vid
- Wikipedia, WordPress & 1,500+ Sites to Blackout Tomorrow in Protest: SOPA/PIPA (hudsonhorizons.com)
- Could Facebook Shut Down Over SOPA & PIPA? (everyjoe.com)
- Who, besides Wikipedia, is going dark and why (zdnet.com)
- What Is SOPA? Startup Offers One-on-One Tutorials (mashable.com)