I have yet to meet a librarian who supports the Stop Online Piracy Act for its ideology. We spend our days encouraging the free flow of information and knowledge sharing, both between our institutions and users as well as between users. Uncensored user-generated content is what makes the Internet sing, and the last decade has seen a communications phenomenon flourish and support revolutions, disaster response and relief, and the arts. What if one user links to a site with pirated content and the entire website was shut down?
What we are losing is not only freedom of information & speech, but businesses and therefore jobs. Librarians are growing in the tech industry, finding their ways in social media, web design and startups. The destruction of an entire industry is as disastrous for its workers as it is for its consumers. Part of We Are Librarians’ mission is to promote information professionals in this industry, for its innovation, increased opportunities and not to mention, income. This post is not about money, however; it’s about our futures. Let’s act now, friends.
Here’s what you can do:
- Sign the petition currently hosted on whitehouse.gov’s We the People platform. The President has been quiet on this issue so far.
- Continue to call and email Congress, censor your website and use the #censorshipeverywhere tool — all available from americancensorship.org.
- Watch this video if you’re short on time: