Via an article in the Huffington Post by Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) and Craig Newmark (Craigslist):
One year ago today, millions of people joined forces to defeat two pieces of legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), both of which were seen as hurting free speech and the prosperity of the technology industry.
“The 160 million people who visited Wikipedia on January 18, 2012, encountered a blacked-out page asking them to imagine a world without free knowledge. Visitors to craigslist and to more than 100,000 additional websites found similar messages and took action in what became the largest online protest in history. Millions of people contacted Congress and thousands protested on the streets in front of government offices demanding that their elected representatives stop the passage of SOPA/PIPA. The following day both bills were shelved.”
Now a year later, organizers have launched what they hope will be an annual event, the Internet Freedom Day, which will promote the importance of online free speech and the democratic power of the Internet.
If the effort against SOPA and PIPA is any indication, this new “holiday” could have a lasting impact.