Internet Freedom Day
One year ago we defeated SOPA.
Today, celebrate your freedom of expression.
January 18th is #InternetFreedomDay
What’s something you love on the net that you’d never want to see censored?
Here’s a list of things you can do right now to continue the fight for an open, accessible, and awesome Internet.
Actions to take on January 18th:
- Join Demand Progress in calling for Justice for Aaron Swartz
- Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom
- Take action to stop the Trans Pacific Partnership. It’s like SOPA on steroids and for many countries.
- Join Craig Newmark over at CraigConnects and write something about how the Internet gives you a voice!
- Access action alert! Write to Congress and tell them: We will defend the internet against any legislation that threatens our freedom of speech, privacy, and other fundamental rights.”
- Demand a privacy law update to stop the government from reading your email without a warrant.
- Fill out this UC Berkeley Survey and tell what SOPA/PIPA meant to you.
- Engage in a small act of civil disobedience and share this video of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King’s call for racial justice is as relevant today as it was in 1963. Because this speech is copyrighted, if SOPA had passed, entire websites could have been shut down just for linking to it. This speech is too important to be censored by broken copyright laws. Please share it today.
Events to Attend on January 18th:
- Join EFF, craigconnects, Engine, Amicus at The Hattery for a special event:Internet Freedom Day: Coming together a year after SOPA/PIPA
- Join CDT, OTI, Public Knowledge and others in at an Internet Freedom Day happy hour in Washington, DC:
WHEN: Friday, January 18, from 5.00pm-8.00pm
WHERE: Local 16 on U Street 602 U Street Northwest.
Internet Freedom Day Blog Posts and More:
Today only: Free Download
On Internet Freedom
A love song to the First Amendment and the Internet
The real heroes of the SOPA/PIPA tussle were the millions of people who took action. Without posts, tweets, emails, and calls from millions of people on January 18, the bills would have passed, despite everyone else’s efforts. In short, the hero of this story is the same person Time magazine honored in 2006 and 2011—you, or the political protestor.
We need every advocate for free speech and digital privacy to stay informed about opportunities and threats to the open Internet. Get involved: join a mailing list, sign a petition, follow these groups on Twitter and social media, donate money, volunteer your time, and help spread the word to your friends.
These organizations work year round to protect the internet. You know what to do.
- Fight for the Future
- Free Press
- Free Software Foundation
- New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute
- OpenMedia International
- Public Knowledge
We dedicate this site to the memory of Aaron Swartz and his incredible contributions to freedom, justice, and transparency.