Instead of reading a new post today, go check out Wikipedia, Regretsy, WordPress and a host of other sites that are staging a blackout of services in protest of two bills before the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, SOPA and PIPA. These bills threaten censorship and prosecution for any site owner accused of copyright infringement, and have far-reaching implications for the freedom and openness of the internet. Read more about the bills on Wikipedia’s only active page today.

Canadians, pay attention. In the past few years our government has been treading too closely on the heels of our neighbour to the south. Show your solidarity with these blackout campaigns by  linking to them on your Facebook or Twitter, by signing petitions like this one on Avaaz.org, and by writing to your local, provincial and federal government representatives.