Yesterday you probably noticed that most of your favourite websites were down yesterday or had a notice up warning you about two bills in front of the American government. Those bills are SOPA and PIPA and essentially if these bills pass the internet would be all but dead to American citizens and beyond!
Here’s a video by the Kahn Academy explaining the bills:
So why is this on a website dedicated to good news? Here’s why:
- Yesterdays coordinated action shows that disparate companies can join together to oppose harmful legislation.
- Thanks to Google 4.5 million people signed a petition against SOPA/PIPA
- Two million more people signed petitions at Avaaz.org and at Fight for the Future
- The protest worked and got legislators to end their support for SOPA/PIPA
Never forget that when people work together stupid policies and backwards thinking from old corporate powers (who are being replace by new and better technical solutions) can be stopped! Just look at how people also stopped the Keystone XL pipeline!