I’ve already posted some news on how WordPress has joined the campaign to stop SOPA and PIPA, and now Reddit has advised that they will be blacking out their website for 12 hours on 18th January.
It’s unknown yet if giants like Google and Facebook will also join in on this act of protest, but Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has intimated that they may use some form of protest on the day.
“I’m all in favor of it, and I think it would be great if we could act quickly to coordinate with Reddit. I’d like to talk to our government affairs advisor to see if they agree on this as useful timing, but assuming that’s a greenlight, I think that matching what Reddit does (but in our own way of course) per the emerging consensus on how to do it, is a good idea. But that means we need to move forward quickly on a concrete proposal and vote – we don’t have the luxury of time that we usually have, in terms of negotiating with each other for weeks about what’s exactly the best possible thing to do. As I understand it, the Foundation is talking to people about how we can geolocate and guide people to their Congressperson, etc. Geoff will know about that. Our task is to decide to do it with a thumbs up / thumbs down vote.”