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January 19th, 2012
January 19th, 2012

What did the SOPAstrike accomplish?

after thousands of web sites went offline in protest - was anything acomplished?

After the dust settled on what some refer to as the SOPAstrike and others are calling the largest Internet protest ever what was the result. Did it acomplish anything? All initial reports would seem to concur that is a resounding Yes!

For our part we found a heartening and inspiring comroderie through Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ where geeks and non-geeks came together in support of a unified goal. There was alarm and humour, care and concern.

Here are some highlights from the aftermath:


  • Google reports collecting 4.5million signatures on their petition alone (just one of many)
  • The Fight for the Future PIPA video has been viewed over 3.5 million times (2.1 million times on January 18th)
  • More then 2.5 million Tweets were sent on the subject
  • Engine Advocacy, a service that helps people call their local members of Congress, was averaging roughly 2,000 calls per second!
  • Wikipedia reports four million people used its blacked-out site to look up contact information for their local representative
  • TED, the hub of intelligent thinking online produced a stream of related video talks to inspire and edify

But the most significant and impressive result:

Lawmakers in the US flipping sides:
As of the evening January 18th: 68 support, 71 oppose. That morning, it was 80 support, 31 oppose.

Another hidden silver lining in all this also happened yesterday, it was harder to spot and many won´t even have realized that it happened. The world grew just a little closer, yet again, through this massive confluence and focused communication. The Internet again served up what it´s best at doing; bringing all people together as equals to enhance understanding.

Now the question remains given the few days remaining before the US votes on this legsliation and Big-media already pulling out their immence pocket-books to try and turn the tide, will this be enough?

For anyone in the USA:
You can sign the petition here if you haven´t already, and contact your legislators here.

For anyone in Canada:
Petition the State Department here and check out Why Canadians should care about SOPA

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