Black Web Wednesday

A short follow up to the blog I wrote at the beginning of January regarding domain name company ‘GoDaddy’ reversing their decision to support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Tomorrow will mark a significant moment in the on-going protest against SOPA, as many website giants choose to suspend activity on their own sites.

The Stop Online Piracy Act, which allows court orders to shutdown sites that are viewed as practising piracy, has been met with major opposition from across the web.

It is feared that the act will cause a widespread shutdown of many websites that may be viewed as being in violation of the act, potentially changing the face of the web as we know it. It is believed that many online businesses could suffer greatly if such scrutiny is placed on them by the government (see for more information).

Wednesday 18th January 2012 will mark a black-out day in web history, with huge sites such as Wikipedia planning to blackout their site in protest against the act. With an estimated number of 25 million daily visitors to the English version of the site, the awareness they raise of SOPA will no doubt snowball.

Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, has been tweeting to followers warning them that the site will be inactive for 24 hours tomorrow and replaced with messages on how to contact US members of congress.

Wikipedia is not the only internet big-shot to be making a stand. WordPress, Mozilla, Reddit and Cheezburger have all expressed their opposing views of SOPA, and some may be planning to join the web blackout.

GoDaddy, the domain name company who initially pledged support to SOPA, reversed their decision at the turn of the year as the furore surrounding the act began to heighten.

It’ll be a dark day tomorrow for many internet users, but hopefully the team responsible for generating SOPA will see the light.