Mapping the Groundswell

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Today we’re putting up a page on our website to show some of our data from the January 18th internet protest that stalled internet-harming copyright legislation in its tracks.

It’s been a month since the internet community joined forces to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the anti-piracy legislation that threatened open internet, and we’re finally starting to see some of the data from January 18th, the major “blackout” day of action against the bills.


We’re proud to have been one of the leaders on the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement -- our StopTheWall phone call campaign to link online activists directly to their local senator’s offices generated 15,000 calls through our site to local senators, so many calls, in fact, that there was a senate switchboard meltdown. But what’s really exciting to see is how our efforts were part of a much larger whole, proving that the our community is capable of being a formidable force when it comes to protecting the internet.

Our map tool breaks down by region the action that took place on January 18th. The data shown represents the phone calls made to local senators and the number or signatures on petitions. We think its pretty cool. Take a look at it here.