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Reddit, the site which has led much of the netroots charge against the horrifying Internet censorship bills SOPA & PIPA, has announced that it will be holding an in-house Internet strike for 12 hours on January 18th:

Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action. We will showcase the live video stream of the House hearing where Internet entrepreneurs and technical experts (including reddit co-founder Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian) will be testifying. We will also spotlight community initiatives like meetups to visit Congressional offices, campaigns to contact companies supporting PIPA/SOPA, and other tactics.

As mentioned in the above link, this has been scheduled to happen on the same day that Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian — along with Dr. Leonard Napolitano from Sandia Labs, ACLU 1st Amendment Counsel Michael McLeod-Ball, & 4 others — are to have their scheduled hearing before the House Oversight Committee. Several "subreddits" have threads encouraging Redditors to use their time to call Congress on that day against SOPA as well as spread the word to other sites.

While Reddit has increasingly shown its activist clout in recent weeks (launching a boycott against SOPA supporter GoDaddy in December, in addition to the successful "Operation Pull Ryan" & the in-progress "Operation Corkscrew"), this should be regarded as merely an opening play. Not only have they only committed thus far to half of one day, but the big shots like Google, YouTube, Facebook, & eBay continue to hold their cards close. (Much of the tech-blogosphere automatically assumes they'll wait until the day before PIPA hits the Senate floor before acting, but they've been wrong before...)

Meanwhile, continue to contact Congress & tell them you will not accept a censored, privatized Internet.

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