Going Dark – #SOPA and Higher Education

Over the course of my blogging career I have made it a point to steer clear of politics. I have no desire to participate in any political discourse until civility returns. However, I will make an exception in support of #sopa.  Much has been written about the numerous flaws in this legislation. (see  If you hate Big Government, fight SOPA by @dsearls for a good overview.) So tomorrow I will be making a rare political statement and this site will be going dark.

For all my friends in higher education, have you thought through the implications of SOPA?  I can easily see a scenario where a college website gets taken down under SOPA. Academic freedom is a basic tenet that allows our educational system to prosper and SOPA is a direct threat to this freedom.

I would like to congratulate the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University for going dark tomorrow.  I’m hoping others will follow suit.



  1. And what’s your opinion about ACTA? For me ACTA is more “dangerous” becouse I’m from Europe.

  2. I also followed it and oppose SOPA and PIPA strongly. I am glad that the community of bloggers have stayed united against SOPA.