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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA, PIPA: aka explaining today's site blackouts

If you haven't read about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Senate version, PIPA, today's blackouts (of prominent sites including Wikipedia) may have surprised you.

Courtesy of the Oatmeal, which is also blacked out today, here's an animated graphic that humourously (and effectively) demonstrates why this legislation should be stopped:


For a more serious (but concise) look, here's an infographic about SOPA.

Finally, from today, Forbes' interview with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) about SOPA and why he opposes it.

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Professional: As "Senior Enterprise SEO Strategist" in IBM's Digital Marketing division, I provide consulting and training services for both internal and external clients. Formerly I was involved in Natural Language Processing, software localization, quality assurance and documentation authoring.
Personal: INTJ Nikkei Nisei ex-patriated Canadian who takes photographs and enjoys Baroque through late Classical music. The G+ page shares some of the "best of" photos.