Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2012 10:37 UTC
Internet & Networking So, this one slipped by completely undetected late last year (no, I don't grow tired of saying that). CNet reported that Google, Amazon, Facebook, and similarly large, anti-SOPA companies are mulling over the option of taking their websites off the air to replace them with an anti-SOPA message, asking users to contact their elected officials.
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abcxyz
Member since:
2009-07-30

If I am not mistaken, Thom is citizen of the Netherlands, which would make him, from point of view of US legislation and legislators a non-citizen (i.e. for every practical purpose a somewhat taller talking biped insect). In other words, I doubt he has any means of joining the fight with SOPA (unlike ACTA) except for reporting on it raising public awareness (which he seems to do quite well).

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laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

Yet, it still great affects everyone on the Internet. Websites like osnews can be taken down with a simple order from the US DOJ if SOPA passes.

As an american, I've been trying to get the word out on social media, emailed my representatives, pulled most of my business from GoDaddy, etc.

The problem is that many americans don't get what the big deal is with SOPA. They haven't bothered to read anything on it. I'm just not sure how to motivate people to write their congressmen.

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David Member since:
1997-10-01

OSNews is actually an American operation, Thom's well-known Dutchness notwithstanding, and if Google and Facebook go dark, so will OSNews. Maybe it will be like saying you were at Woodstock or there on the day the Berlin Wall went down.

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abcxyz Member since:
2009-07-30

OSNews, yes. SOPA can ripple waves worldwide, yes. Thom in particular can call his representatives all he wants and it won't help a squat, because they are not involved. He can stage a protest march and it won't reach DC (and even if it did, not their voters, so wouldn't care). There were other examples of US actions profoundly impacting the world people elsewhere (and in fact in the US as well) did not care for much, but being on the outside does not give you many options... except for raising awareness (and venting frustration in the process).

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I believe OSnews is hosted in the US and many members of the team are American, which kind of makes this point moot.

EDIT : Whoops... David beat me there !

Edited 2012-01-04 16:26 UTC

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