Update: Websites blackout to protest PIPA and SOPA

The blackout of more than 100 websites Wednesday has taken its toll on Capitol Hill as supporters, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, both withdrew their support from PIPA.  Cornyn wrote on his Facebook page, “better to get this done right rather than fast and wrong.”

According to Politico, Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., who originally co-sponsored SOPA, withdrew his name from the list of sponsors.  Also Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., withdrew his support from SOPA.

The fact that this blackout has swayed the minds of some Congressmen speaks volumes to the power of the people, and of the Internet.

Now, I don’t think Congress is ready to totally throw out PIPA and SOPA (what a victory that would be if they did), but I do believe Congress might be more willing to review and edit the current bills to become more narrowly tailored in such a way that will not curb free speech and will not have a chilling effect on the web’s users.

The Internet is a special place where people are able to speak freely and become innovators, and these qualities are non-negotiable.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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