Dabbled, like Wikipedia, Boing Boing, and many other sites today, has gone dark from January 18, 2012 at 8:00 am until January 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm to protest SOPA/PIPA and Internet Censorship.
This is important, and you need to be aware and get involved if you care about the internet and the freedoms we currently enjoy. All it takes is people who don’t understand what they are doing (ie our representatives) doing something dumb in the name of trying to stop piracy, and ruining it for everyone.
Proposed US Senate legislation — the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)– would put Dabbled, and most other sites that link to cool stuff on the web, in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement.
This would unmake the Web, just as proposed in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Please visit AmericanCensorship.org for instructions on contacting your Senator.
Thanks for reading Dabbled, and we’ll be back tomorrow!
Nancy (aka Dot), Dabbled.org
If you want to join the protest with your site – because we all have to stand together, the tall and the small – here’s a WordPress plugin that will help your site join the fight with just a small amount of setup: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/go-dark/
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more information on this and other issues central to your freedom online.
*thx to BoingBoing as I paraphrased some of their message for this one. I don’t think they’ll mind.