Why “Going Dark is Important”
The protests and web-page black-outs surrounding the proposed SOPA/PIPA legislation are a salient reminder of ultimate origins and necessary stewardship responsibility of the World Wide Web: us. As Cathy Davidson notes on her HASTAC blog, digital humanities (and informatics scholarship) present unique opportunities for diverse knowledge types and individual skills to play a collective role in learning about, (re-)imagining and also, critically evaluating our world. With this comes added responsibilities of honesty and integrity, and these are responsibilities we all must shoulder, that we must honor and participate in enforcing ourselves,. This should not be left to, nor controlled by, external, privatized, special-interest groups or entities. The only alternative, it seems, is…censorship.