As we mentioned yesterday, Jan. 18th is SOPA hearing day—when the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (whew!) hears testimonies from “top cyber-security experts and technology job creators.” And on this day, sites like Reddit, Wikipedia (among others) will black out their sites as a sign of solidarity against SOPA.
For more information on how you can take a stand against censorship and let your Representatives/ Senators know how important this bill is visit AmericanCensorship.org. Also, Google launched an online petition: Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web.
To stand by our digital brothers and sisters, team Doejo has decided to engage in a few protests of our own (or wishlist if it get’s passed):
Phil: I’ll refrain from posting on my photoblog… not easy.
John: Have a [gulp] Justin Bieber Spotify Day (because if SOPA was enacted five years ago, he would have never become popular).
Kristina: I’m gonna spend the day making YouTube videos of me juxtaposed in Britney videos singing her songs… In a SOPA world, I could potentially be arrested and jailed for up to 5 years for doing this.
Noah: Type in wingdings because other fonts might not have been properly licensed.
Timur: I would want every @*$% government official and police rep -everyone- to be traceable online, where they are geographically and what sites are they using as of that moment. Total transparency!
Michelle: Pinterest is my crack, so I’ll be protesting by no-Pinning tomorrow.
Katie B: I’ll be drinking 6 specialty coffee drinks throughout the course of the day, spelling out “NO SOPA” and then attempting to educate people on the street about the dangers of the bill passing, while being more overly caffeinated than I have ever been in my life.
Adam: The Internet is not a power given to the government to be used against the people… I will leave this country. That is my protest.
Patrick: I would spend the day reading “Learn to Be a Better Activist During the SOPA Blackouts” via InformationDiet.com