16 of 18Image
Tor, an online anonymity network, allows people to technically circumvent SOPA should it become law. However, its existence is threatened by the bill should it become law.
"Now, while we hear that DNS-blocking is off the table, the bills remain threatening to the network of intermediaries who carry online speech. Most critically to Tor, SOPA contained a provision forbidding "circumvention" of court-ordered blocking that was written broadly enough that it could apply to Tor -- which helps its users to "circumvent" local-network censorship", read the blog post.
You can read Tor's comments here.
XDA-Developers, is a site of over 4 million users, allows others to hack and discuss Windows Phone, Android, and webOS phones. It is a fantastic online community where software is modified and edited to simply make it better.
"Along with Reddit and many other sites, we have decided to go dark (beginning at 8AM ET) for a period of time today in protest of pending Internet-related legislation in the US. Our goal is not to raise awareness of this legislation. We assume most of you know all about it. Our goal is encourage users like you to get involved", the static page read.
It also said that once 50,000 U.S. visitors have signed their pledge on the page, the site will return.
You can read XDA-Developer's comments here.
Greenpeace, the environmental activist network, also opposes SOPA and PIPA, with a message on its website now saying that: "The U.S. Congress is about to censor the Internet".
It also said that SOPA could even extend to hindering instances of activism where brands were mimicked.