[A2k] Brewster: 12 Hours Dark: Internet Archive vs. Censorship

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue Jan 17 15:31:19 PST 2012

12 Hours Dark: Internet Archive vs. Censorship
Posted on January 17, 2012 by brewster

The Internet Archive believes that it is critical to protest and raise
awareness of pending legislation in the United States:  House Bill
3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act

Archive.org is going dark from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm PDT on Wednesday
January 18 (14:00 – 02:00 GMT) to drive a message to Washington.   We
need your help to do this.

Legislation such as this directly affects libraries (pdf) such as the
Internet Archive, which collects, preserves, and offers access to
cultural materials.   Furthermore, these laws can negatively affect
the ecosystem of web publishing that led to the emergence of the
Internet Archive.

These bills would encourage the development of blacklists to censor
sites with little recourse or due process.   The Internet Archive is
already blacklisted in China—let’s prevent the United States from
establishing its own blacklist system.

For United States residents, please take action.

For non-US residents: Sorry for dragging you into this, and if you are
willing, sign a petition to the State Department to express your

–Internet Archive

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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