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Stop SOPA, Pass on PIPA! Hundreds of Internet-Lovers Gather Outside Senatorial Offices

(via foursquare)

UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: About 300 to 400 900 to 1,000 New York techies are gathered in front of the Midtown offices of Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at 780 Third Ave to protest their sponsorship of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Acts that internet workers say will have destructive effects on the web.

“They’re making chants,” Stephen Duffy, our man on the scene, told Betabeat over the phone. The protesters reportedly took a page from the Occupy playbook with “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!” and crafted the cachy, “STOP SOPA, PASS ON PIPA!” (N.B.: It’s apparently pronounced “pippa.”)

“What we have here is one of the geekiest, most rational protests in NYC history,” Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder and now advisor, told the crowd (via Ben Kessler).

“This is a whole rearranging of the way the web works,” Jessica Lawrence, managing director of the New York Tech Meetup, which helped organize the event, told our reporter. “Taking away the free speech elements and making it censored in the U.S. in way that it shouldn’t be, and that it is in foreign countries.” Read More

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Roundup of All the Cute Things the Internet Is Doing Today to Protest SOPA/PIPA

-Informative websites with clever names.
-Peer-to-peer SOPA/PIPA tutoring.
-Sympathy cards to Congress, for the death of the internet.
-Raising money for a lobbyist.
-The New York Tech Meetup emergency anti-SOPA/PIPA rally.
-Blackouts at Craigslist, Wikipedia and Reddit; opt-in blackout at Tumblr.
-Changing all our Twitter avatars!
-Animated Vimeos.
-LOLcats song.

What are we forgetting?

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Education Is the Web’s Anti-Drug! Meet ExplainSOPA.com

aaron harris

This is a guest post by Aaron Harris, CEO and co-founder of Tutorspree.

After finding myself explaining SOPA and PIPA to my parents and to my girlfriend over the weekend, I realized that, while the tech community has done a good job firing itself up – we have not done enough to educate people outside of our sphere. When it comes down to it, that constituency is the one you really need to sway Congress. If we stay within our own echo chamber we’ll lose to the force of the MPAA/RIAA and their associated lobbies. Read More