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MISSISSAUGAWATCH joins Wikipedia, Reddit, Big Brother Watch, Reporters Without Borders in BLACK OUT protest of SOPA and PIPA

January 18th, 2012  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH joins Wikipedia, Reddit, Big Brother Watch, Reporters Without Borders and numerous other sites in protest BLACK OUT.

from Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schandmaul

Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.

Make your voice heard

We also join Big Brother Watch @bbw1984 11m

Big Brother Watch has voluntarily taken its website offline. Defend freedom and privacy online, stop #SOPA: bit.ly/wnwciV

SOPA Blackout

In conjunction with websites across the world, today Big Brother Watch has voluntarily shut-down its website.

We join Wikipedia, Reddit and numerous others in protest of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, currently being considered in the United States.

Yes, it may appear a futile gesture. But we believe this is too important an issue to carry on as normal. Like many UK websites, several of our online services are run via the United States. As a result, our website falls under US law. It is grossly naive to think that legislation currently being considered in the US, which in the opinion of many constitutes a fundamental attack on freedom online, would not impact on businesses and individuals in the UK.

This is not just an issue for the US. This kind of regulation of the internet, involving state-sanctioned censorship and surveillance of all our online activity, is already being called for in the UK. This is the first salvo in the battle to protect freedom of speech and privacy online on both sides of the Atlantic.

These proposals would carry a huge economic cost, mark the death of privacy online and threaten free speech as we know it. Big Brother Watch will be at the forefront of the campaign against any similar proposals in the UK.

For these reasons, in the defence of free speech and privacy online, we have taken ourselves offline.

Normal service will resume at 5pm UK time.

 

MISSISSAUGAWATCH will also participate in this “futile gesture”.

 

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

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