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SOPA Strike:
Largest Online Protest in History Planned for Wednesday

JANUARY 17, 2012 - The largest online protest in history will take place on Wednesday January 18, with thousands of websites, including some of the largest in the world, blacking out their front pages, putting up messages, or shutting down completely.

The SOPA Strike, which is being organized at www.sopastrike.com, now has more than 10,000 participating websites, including some of the most popular in the world:

• Google.com
• Mozilla.com
• Wikipedia.org
• WordPress.org
• Archive.org
reddit.com
• GetMiro.com
• Tucows.com
• OpenCongress.com
• Credo

Many other large companies are preparing actions but have not yet announced their exact plans.  The list on SOPAStrike.com will be kept up to date throughout the protest.

Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder of Fight for the Future, the non-profit which first circulated the strike idea in December, said, “At its core, this is a fight for freedom of speech, and the language in SOPA and PIPA have stepped over the line. The SOPA Strike on Wednesday is the largest online protest that has ever happened.  Several hundred million people, potentially more than one billion, will see messages about the dangers of censoring the Internet.  That is absolutely unprecedented.”  

The participation of Google and Wikipedia bring the reach of the protests far beyond any other online protest.  The idea of blacking out sites on the 18th gained momentum on Reddit.com, which has had a huge surge of anti-SOPA activism from their users as well as support from its founders.  Fight for the Future created SOPAStrike.com and AmericanCensorship.org to organize the protest. SOPAStrike.com will also provide an up-to-date list of participating websites.


About Fight for the Future

Fight for the Future is a new non-profit organization that works to defend online rights and personal freedoms.  Fight for the Future organized American Censorship Day on November 16, 2011, the largest online protest in the past 5 years, with more than 4 million people contacting Congress and companies like Tumblr and Mozilla taking unprecedented steps to drive users to contact Congress.


Links and Company Announcements

Google’s plans - http://buswk.co/AbLFXI

Wikipedia announcement - http://bit.ly/xkd9Xp

Reddit announcement - http://bit.ly/zpgUWZ

POLITICO Article on Protest Plans - http://politi.co/zXleB2
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Fight for the Future




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CONTACT
 Tiffiniy Cheng, Holmes Wilson
press@fightforthefuture.org
Phone: (508) 474-5248
Top Internet Sites Join Largest Online Protest Ever in Opposition to Pending Internet Censorship Legislation

The internet is currently engaged in the largest ever online protest in opposition to internet censorship legislation moving in Congress, PIPA and SOPA.

Three top-ten sites in the U.S. -- Google.com, Craigslist.org, and en.wikipedia.org -- have blacked out all or part of their sites in protest of the bill.

As of 10 a.m. ET,  eleven top 100 U.S. sites are participating in the strike (site rankings are from Alexa.com). Wordpress alone powers 16 percent of the top 1 million sites globally, and all of those sites are being blacked out.  

More than 62,000 sites have signed up to join at sopastrike.com. The exact number of sites that are participating is unknown at this point, but we believe 10,000 to be a conservative estimate.   

The protest is in response to legislation (S.968) scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Jan. 24th that would give the government and corporations new powers to block access to entire websites because of a single link in violation of copyright law. The website takedowns would effectively censor hosts of legal, constitutionally-protected speech, and the bill is considered to be in violation of the First Amendment by several prominent constitutional scholars.

Ultimately, the fight against these bills is about more than web censorship. It is a fundamental struggle about who has power in modern society -- the people with the means to communicate freely or the governments and corporations that want to lock down control. Today's action, and the corresponding drop-off in congressional support for these bills, is a raw display of power for the people at large.


About Fight for the Future

Fight for the Future is a new non-profit organization that works to defend online rights and personal freedoms.  Fight for the Future organized American Censorship Day on November 16, 2011, the largest online protest in the past 5 years, with more than 4 million people contacting Congress and companies like Tumblr and Mozilla taking unprecedented steps to drive users to contact Congress.

fightforthefuture.org
americancensorship.org
sopastrike.com
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Fight for the Future

TODAY and tommorow

LARGEST ONLINE PROTEST IN HISTORY BY THE NUMBERS


The Web went on strike en masse yesterday. 115,000+ websites and over 13 million+ internet users participated in yesterday's online protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate. Around 50,000 websites blacked out their sites completely or most of the site, with 4 top 10 and 13 top 100 sites participated by blacking out or driving contacts to Congress. Hundreds of millions of people viewed, listened to, watched, or attended some part of the day, in anticipation of the vote on PIPA in the Senate on January 24.

Having started with just 5 senators opposed to PIPA at the start of the new year, now internet users can count the 36 senators that have come out and publicly opposed to the bill, including 5 who were formerly co-sponsors. Many offices' phone lines were taken offline due to the call traffic and many senator webpages' simply stopped working due to the barrage of visits and emails being sent to them.  

Grassroots groups and internet users have organized over 30+ in-person meetings with senators and their staff, attendance at 30+ townhall meetings, 3 street protests, and the effort continues until the day of the vote next Tuesday. On Tuesday, when 5 senators led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) plan to filibuster the vote on cloture, groups will be a planning a live-audience engagement with the filibuster. Audience members can submit comments, stories, and testimonials of internet-based moments in history that will be read by the senators during the filibuster. A live stream will be set up for the public to get involved and to watch the proceedings.

These bills have become a mainstream issue -- because of the strike, they were a top story for most news outlets, a trending topic on social media sites, and a buzz topic in offices and homes across the country. Members of Congress are dropping their support for the bills in droves. People have a sense that yesterday’s actions had a huge impact, but here are most of the numbers to confirm (some of the largest numbers are still coming in):

For up to date information, please see: http://www.sopastrike.com/numbers and http://www.sopastrike.com/timeline

Sites:
  • 4 top-10 US sites participated
  • 13 top-100 US sites participated
  • at least 115,000 small and medium sites participated in strike
    • 50,000 blacked out all or part of site
      • Wordpress network: 27,000 blackout and 17,000 ribbons on .com


Contacts to Congress:
  • 10 million petition signers
  • 3 million emails
  • 100,000 calls + 8 million call lookup via Wikipedia call tool
  • Thousands protest in New York, San Francisco, New Jersey, 40+ in-person meetings with Senators and staff up until 1/18


Twitter:
  • 2.2 million tweets mentioning “SOPA”
  • 411,000 tweets mentioning “PIPA”
  • 52,000 tweets mentioning “sopastrike”
  • 9,000 tweets mentioning “blackoutSOPA”
  • 159,000 tweets mentioning “stopSOPA”


US trending tweet:
  • Wtf is SOPA


Global trending tweets:
  • “Hey Zuckerberg Take Facebook Down”


trending in various cities:



Facebook:
  • 258,000 people shared SOPAstrike.com on Facebook
  • 170,000 people shared SOPAstrike.com/strike on Facebook


Google

top-10 trending search terms:
  • sopa and pipa bills
  • piracy
  • censorship
  • blackout


The Senate
  • at least 13 senators backed away from the bill in one day.
  • 5 co-sponsors dropped their support of the bill: Senators Blunt, Boozman, Cardin, Hatch, and Rubio


List of Senators who came out with opposition statements/statements expressing concern on 1/18 alone (more info is here: http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2463-PIPA-Protest-Roundup-and-Whip-Count-Summary)

Hatch -- http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/204895-hatch-latest-to-reverse-support-of-piracy-bill?utm_campaign=HilliconValley&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter  

Rubio -- https://www.facebook.com/SenatorMarcoRubio/posts/340889625936408  

Risch -- http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57361237-281/protests-lead-to-weakening-support-for-protect-ip-sopa/  

Ayotte -- http://ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=400  

Inhofe -- http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=f2998e23-fbaa-5dfd-c98a-9a71c579b2b0  

Merkley -- https://twitter.com/#%21/SenJeffMerkley/status/159678431406202881  

DeMint -- https://twitter.com/#%21/JimDeMint/status/159622833293635585  

Vitter -- https://twitter.com/#!/DavidVitter/status/159773979794620416  

Roberts -- https://www.facebook.com/SenPatRoberts/posts/315933441785061  

Begich -- https://www.facebook.com/Begich/posts/349325338413497  

Boozman -- http://www.facebook.com/notes/john-boozman/lets-address-the-concerns-over-the-protect-ip-act/269413856459340  

Reed -- http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/01/18/whitehouse-bucks-wikipedia-stays-sponsor-of-protect-ip-act/  

Sanders -- http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120118/BUSINESS05/120118014/Leahy-defends-anti-piracy-bills-amid-protests-opposition-from-Sanders-Welch?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp%20target=

Murray -- https://twitter.com/#!/PattyMurray/status/159810120358961152

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