In opposition to the proposed US legislation known as SOPA and PIPA, Ghostery.com will join sites across the internet in a 24-hour blackout on Wednesday, January 18th. SOPA and PIPA seek to curb Internet piracy through questionable technological practices that threaten free speech and the actual ability of the web to function.
For us, the reasons are simple. Ghostery works to build a more transparent web, where educated users have control over their own data. A censored web is not transparent, and a broken web provides no education. Bills like SOPA and PIPA take the control away from web users – and potentially limit their options in unsafe and counterproductive ways.
US Ghostery users, please join us by contacting your representatives and asking them to oppose SOPA and PIPA. We’re not going to ask you to provide any information to us here at Ghostery.com, but we hope you’ll consider using resources like AmericanCensorship.org and the SOPA strike page from Fight for the Future to take a stand against censorship. If you are in the New York City area and would like to protest, there is an emergency meetup scheduled for tomorrow from 12:30 PM to 2 PM.
- Please note: Ghostery (the product) will still function as it always has.