Liz Gannes

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Happy Internet Freedom Day, Y’all

Today is the first anniversary of the online protests against SOPA and PIPA that helped turn the U.S. Congress against voting for the restrictive Internet piracy legislation.

More than 100,000 websites participated in an online blackout on Jan. 18, 2012, with Google, Craigslist, Reddit, Wikipedia and others directing visitors to contact their representatives about the threat of online censorship; some of them disabled their availability in protest. Two days later, the bills were shelved.

So, some of those same people and organizations have declared that Jan. 18 is now Internet Freedom Day. They suggest taking various actions to honor the occasion. For instance, banding together in memory of Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide a week ago after being federally indicted for downloading academic documents with the intent to release them publicly.

There are also physical get-togethers in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik