This is a little bit of an FYI post to readers of Sakura no Kokoro as well as people who use the website that will be mentioned later in the post. As you all know, the US Congress will be voting on SOPA soon. It is with this in mind that, on January 18, 2012, there is going to be an all-out strike on the internet.
As per the email that Donny Shaw and the rest of the Fight for the Future Crew had sent all over the interwebs, “websites across the internet are going dark (going offline) in protest of the internet censorship bills in Congress, the SOPA and PIPA.”
According to them and to their website, some of the biggest sites in the word are participating. These websites include (but are not limited to): Reddit, Mozilla, TwitPic, Failblog.Org, and a bunch of other sites. You can find the complete, unfiltered lists of all the sites who would be joining this online strike by going to this website.
According to them, even the leading micro-blogging platform (your guess is as good as mine) as well as a popular collaboratively-written encyclopedia (Wikipedia?) might also join in on the protest if the rest of us work together to get them to join. And, you can do so by asking the biggest sites on the internet to join the strike. You can also add your website to the list and participate in this massive protest, just like what I did.
Therefore, on January 18, 2012, Sakura no Kokoro will be offline.
If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, please share this information. Do something to show that you are against SOPA and PIPA. It doesn’t matter if you live in the United States or if you’re Asian, Mexican, European, or whatever. If you use the internet, then you are one of those who will be affected when the internet bills are passed.
So, let your voice be heard. Join the online strike.
Dream on; Fly on!