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.