TAKE ACTION: Today Is #InternetFreedomDay – The One Year Anniversary Of The SOPA/PIPA Protests – Spread The Word

Today, January 18th has been declared Internet Freedom Day by internet users and supporters all around the U.S. Why is this important? Because we have to protect the FREEDOM TO CONNECT.

As Fight For The Future reminds us:

When SOPA and PIPA were first introduced in Congress, things looked grim for the internet. Widespread censorship seemed imminent, and Internet supporters everywhere were worried about the massive blow that was about to be dealt to freedom.

But then something amazing happened. Internet users around the globe started to fight back. Pro-freedom groups both large and small created ways to show their support for an open and uncensored web. Hundreds of thousands of people participated, and major websites like Google, Reddit, and Tumblr joined the cause. When January 18th, 2012 rolled around, the stage was set.

January 18th was unreal. Tech companies and users teamed up. Over 100 thousand websites blacked themselves out in protest, including major sites like Wikipedia, WordPress, and Wired Magazine. Geeks took to the streets. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. Millions of calls and e-mails were sent to Congress. The network defended itself.

Within 48 hours, SOPA was shelved, and its sister bill PIPA disappeared not soon after.

On this one year anniversary we celebrate this victory and remind internet users to spread the word – THE INTERNET IS STILL UNDER THREAT – it’s up to all of us to be active so we can KEEP THE INTERNET FREE.

TAKE ACTION // here’s how you can spread the word.

● Watch the video below, a keynote by the late Aaron Swartz, internet activist on the importance of the freedom to connect. “How we stopped SOPA” recorded at F2C:Freedom to Connect in Washington DC on May 21 2012.

● Use the tag #InternetFreedomDay to share links and info on the web today about this important topic

● Take 5 minutes to send a note to congress about why internet freedom is important

● Share this great infographic below put together by our friends at Techdirt.

● Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom

Stop TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement] which is like SOPA on steroids which if passed would affect many countries including the U.S.

● Download the book, ‘On Internet Freedom’ by Marvin Ammori, Free today [After 1/18, copies available for download for $5, with proceeds benefiting Demand Progress and Fight for the Future]

EVENTS // happening tonight Friday, January 18, 2013

[San Francisco]
Join EFF, Engine Advocacy and Craigconnects – celebrate last year’s important victory over SOPA and PIPA and remember the life of Aaron Swartz, who contributed so much to the fight for digital rights.

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Remarks in remembrance of Aaron Swartz at 7:00 pm

@ Hattery Labs
414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

[DC]
Join The Center For Democracy and Technology, Open Tech Institute, Public Knowledge and others in at an Internet Freedom Day happy hour in Washington, DC:

5:00 – 8:00 pm

@ Local 16
1602 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Read more about Demand Progress’ initiative to demand justice for Aaron Swartz, the inquiry into his prosecution and ‘Aaron’s Law’ being introduced by Democratic California Rep. Zoe Lofgren.

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