SOPA-PIPA Protests Blossom Across the Country
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—Automattic has redacted itself, placing black bars over most of the content on the WordPress.com home page.
—Wordnik, the San Francisco startup that maintains a huge database of words and definitions, has chosen a pseudo-Latin word, spiflicate, as its word of the day in protest of PIPA and SOPA. The site defines spiflicate as a verb meaning “to beat severely; counfound; dismay” and offers this usage example: “SOPA and PIPA are set to spiflicate the Internet; but before that happens we hope to spiflicate them!”
—danah boyd, a researcher at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, MA, has blacked out her popular blog Apophenia in protest of SOPA and PIPA, saying the bills would “undermine the very architecture of the Internet, silencing both legitimate and illegitimate voices.”
—According to SOPAStrike, a site created by non-profit Internet freedom group Fight for the Future, hundreds of other sites are also participating in today’s symbolic protests, including the icanhascheezburger network, O’Reilly Media, Moveon.org, Mozilla, PostSecret, Tucows, Tumblr, Vimeo, and Wired.
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