WordPress Stands Up Against SOPA Internet Censorship Bill

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 5:48pm.

 

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WordPress, the website and blogging platform with over 60 million users, has publicly come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act. (SOPA)

Tens of thousands of websites as well as major players such as Google and Facebook, have already spoken out against this internet censorship bill and now, with internet powerhouse WordPress doing the same, it is only a matter of time before this bill is 100% defeated.

Using WordPress to blog, to publish, to communicate things online that once upon a time would have been relegated to an unread private journal (or simply remained unspoken, uncreated, unshared) makes you a part of one of the biggest changes in modern history: the democratization of publishing and the independent web.

Every time you click Publish, you are a part of that change, whether you are posting canny political insight or a cat that makes you LOL. How would you feel if the web stopped being so free and independent?

I’m concerned freaked right the heck out about the bills that threaten to do this, and as a participant in one of the biggest changes in modern history, you should be, too.

As we have heavily reported in the past, if these censorship bills become law, tens of thousands of alternative media outlets, including The Intel Hub, will either have to dramatically change the way they publish news or cease to exist all together.

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The WordPress blog post continued with a rallying cry to all WordPress users:

Blogging is a form of activism. You can be an agent of change. Some people will tell you that taking action is useless, that online petitions, phone calls to representatives, and other actions won’t change a single mind, especially one that’s been convinced of something by lobbyist dollars.

To those people, I repeat the words of Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

We are not a small group. More than 60 million people use WordPress — it’s said to power about 15% of the web. We can make an impact, and you can be an agent of change.

Go to Stop American Censorship for more information and a bunch of ways you can take action quickly, easily, and painlessly. The Senate votes in two weeks, and we need to help at least 41 more senators see reason before then. 

Please. Make your voice heard.

Every single American that wishes to keep the internet a place for the free exchange of ideas must stand up and fight this clear act of attempted censorship. Please visit Stop American Censorship and lend your support now!

 

January 11, 2012 - IntelHub

 

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 5:48pm.