Happy Internet Freedom Day!
It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since SOPA was defeated and Internet freedom persevered. Back then the prospect of Internet censorship was a very real and valid threat, and with the introduction of SOPA and PIPA to Congress, the future of the web seemed bleak.
Luckily the country rallied together—tech companies, bloggers, even average folks—all determined to protect the freedom of the Internet. On January 18, 2012, more than 100 thousand websites (including Cheezburger!) protested by blacking themselves out; emails and calls were made to Congress, Internet users pushed back… and won! SOPA went away and the web went uncensored another day.
But we also celebrate Internet Freedom Day as a reminder for the future—a reminder for us to continue cultivating the Internet as a force for good in the world—a free and limitless space where we can learn, grow and make the future even brighter.
Let us know how you plan on celebrating Internet Freedom Day! Any events happening in your towns or on the Interwebs? Visit the Internet Freedom Day website to learn more and to share their #InternetFreedomDay message on Facebook and/or Twitter.