I’m blacked out for the day to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills that are before Congress. The reason why I’m against them is because I believe they would lead to internet censorship.
When I lived in China, I lived behind the Great Firewall, and experienced all kinds of internet censorship first hand. Not only did they make some sites inaccessible, but they also slowed service to certain sites, and they had the ability and authority to monitor my communications.
For me, this is an issue of speech and commerce, both of which are protected by the US Constitution. If the goal of the legislation is to stop online piracy, they should find a solution that does not infringe on the rights of Americans.