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January 18th, 2012
January 18th, 2012

PawPrint is Back Online

After going dark for 24h participating in the global #SOPAstrike

The Pawprint.net homepage during the #SOPAstrike
The Pawprint.net homepage during the #SOPAstrike
On January 17th at 8pm PST we intentionally replaced the PawPrint.net home page with a message effectively disabling our web site for the first time since 1994. This extraordinary action was taken to show support for the thousands of web sites and millions of people who spent the day rallying against this flawed proposed legislation.

Why are all us geeks so focused on these SOPA/PIPA bills in the USA?

In short because they would most likely cripple the foundation of the Internet you have grown to know and use every day. As is so frequently the case, at best, the legislation was written by people that don´t really understand technology or at worst it was intentionally deceptive to provide unprecedented control to censor and manipulate the Internet (the conspiracy theorists can hash that one out)

The undeniable fact is that the modern Internet is bringing our world closer together. It has allowed people across the globe to become friends and gain a better understanding of foreign cultures. In our opinion it is the best hope we currently have to come closer to a peaceful coexistence on this planet - why? because through unfettered communication we understand each other better - the ignorance that breeds hate starts to disappear. For this to continue it MUST not be censored.

These bills pose a direct threat to our ability to communicate, innovate, and grow as a species. PLEASE support the effort to stop them. Because, it´s about more then just the Internet. It´s not just about the geeks (we just happen to understand the technology behind it) It´s about the world we live in and all our futures.

For more information watch this video from http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa

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