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.
What do you love about the internet? Celebrate #InternetFreedomDay by telling us what you love the most. We’ll share responses.
@ONA I love that I have no idea where 50% of my friends live, but I can constantly see where they are and what they do day to day.
On ONA Issues, we shared one of our favorite things about the internet.
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.
@spj_tweets The research capabilities and the ability to use social media for news purposes.
@spj_tweets Ooh. In the sense of internet freedom, I see a reflection of many opinions as the most important element.
@spj_tweets being able to find and contact sources that it would’ve been difficult or impossible to find without the Internet!
@spj_tweets one word: google
@spj_tweets everything—minus the trolls!
Thanks to everyone who participated in Internet Freedom Day! For more information about the day check out these great links.
January 18, 2013 · ONA Issues ·
January 18, 2013 · Technology News - The Washington Post ·
January 18, 2013 · Mashable ·