Today is a very important day for the Internet. Many sites have ‘Gone Dark’ to protest Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sibling the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Among those, some of the more mainstream sites are Wikipedia, Reddit, icanhazCheezburger, TwitPic, Mozilla and WordPress.org.
The potential impact of this legislation on the Internet and how we use it for learning is beyond concerning. It is important that we make sure our communities understand just how important this issue is. With this in mind, here are a few of the more engaging resources you can use to help your students understand the implications of this legislation.
The Day The LOLcats Died – Song
PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet
Wikipedia’s dark page links to a well summarized round up of the legislation. This is perfect for sharing with older students that may take interest in the topic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more
Spread the word and get your school to take action now at Google’s protest site: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/