The Day The Internet Went On Strike

Welcome to internet censorship day!


You may notice something strange if you pop a random question into Google: Wikipedia won't be there to answer it.

Jan. 18th, 2012, is an internet-wide protest of the SOPA/PIPA legislation.  You may notice a lot of your favorite websites down.  The big guys (Facebook, Google) won't be down.  However, you will likely notice a different internet.  The following websites are participating in the protest:

WordPress (a blogging site).

Mozilla (the browser).

Craigslist will be shutdown.

Google will have a link to a protest site on its front-page.

Wikipedia will be shut down for 24 hours.

Reddit will be shut down from 8am till 8pm (consequently, this will literally be my most productive, and most boring, day of the year).

All supporters of the protest are supposed to maintain "Twitter silence" from 8am-8pm.

Imgur (an image hosting site) will be shut down.

Tumblr will be shut down.

I think that will be down.  For the first time in years, the internet will be without funny pictures of cats. 

And yes, even our very own Syracuse University is joining the fun!  SU's iSchool will be "darking" its website in protest.

Many other sites will also be down (without as much name recognition).

It remains to be seen what effect, if any, this protest will have.  At the very least, those who are not aware of SOPA/PIPA will have to notice this.

For those interested, a reddit user put together a very comprehensive flow-chart on SOPA.  The flow-chart includes links to opinions from law professors, the text of the bills, practically everything you'd need to know.


Edit:  Check out Google's front page.  The Google Icon is censored.

Wikipedia is displaying the following message: "For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia."

Craigslist: "PS:  corporate paymasters, KEEP THOSE CLAMMY HANDS OFF THE INTERNET!"

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography


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