I’ve never seen a day like yesterday online. Yeah, Wikipedia being out got most of the focus, and a lot of that was jokes at the expense of people who were kind of terminally clueless. People will forget about it over time, or take away the wrong message (already, I heard a BBC commenter say, “So, this is a blow against intellectual property?”… no, just against the use of it as an excuse to stifle completely unrelated areas.) It’ll be easy to forget the feeling of watching history change in front of our eyes, as the day went on. So consider:
Until the internet spoke up, SOPA and PIPA were considered to be a sure thing, with overwhelming majorities in both houses. Even worse, they were considered to be sure to pass because nobody would even bother to learn what was in them.
According to SOPAstrike.org, over 75,000 sites, large and small, took part in the protest. It was more than that, really: that’s only the people who added their names to the list.
Over 7 million people signed Google’s petition. It’s still up, if you didn’t get to it yesterday.
Thousands of people showed up in person in New York for the NY Tech Meetup’s protest at their Senators’ offices.
Dozens of legislators announced their opposition to the two bills. Some of them were previously unaligned, but the list includes several who were previously in favor, even co-sponsors of the bills.
We — the internet, the meme fields, the digital wild west — did a thing. Don’t forget it. But above, don’t stop until it’s done:
ACTION: If you couldn’t get through to your congress members because their phone and fax lines were slammed and their websites went down, contact them now. Even if you did get through, contact them again.