January 28th, 2013

Celebrating Internet Freedom Day

January 18 was Internet Freedom Day. The day marked the one-year anniversary of a massive internet blackout that included sites like Reddit, Wikipedia, Craigslist and more who were protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The bills were shut down in Congress after widespread outcry and action from citizens. Internet Freedom Day honored this day of action and more broadly, was a day to celebrate the importance of a free and open internet. 

To celebrate, we asked our community what they love the most about the internet. We loved the range of responses, and we’ve collected some for you below.

On ONA Issues, we shared one of our favorite things about the internet. 

ONA Issues · One thing we love about the internet: GIFS!


We got great responses about the way the internet has changed journalism and provided new resources to digital journalists.

Media advocate Josh Stearns and Free Press noticed our campaign and asked if other journalism organizations were participating. 

We were happy to see the Society of Professional Journalists join in the action. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in Internet Freedom Day! For more information about the day check out these great links.

Happy Internet Freedom Day! 

Happy Internet Freedom Day!Today marks the one-year anniversary...

January 18, 2013 · ONA Issues · 

Web activists celebrate ‘Internet Freedom Day’

January 18, 2013 · Technology News - The Washington Post · 

What Is Internet Freedom Day?

January 18, 2013 · Mashable · 

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