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SOPA blackout: It's all in the numbers.
The 24-hour Internet protest of current anti-piracy legislation (SOPA and IPIA) was swift and astoundingly successful.
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Here are five notable reasons why:
1: According to data gathered by sopastrike.com, it was the largest Internet protest in history. Google collected 4.5 million signatures by 4:30 p.m. EST and over 2 million e-mails opposing the bills were sent to public officials.
2: Wikipedia raised public awareness on the issue. MSNBC's Technolog posted a salient graph illustrating this point - the site's home page received over 162 million views - more traffic than it normally receives.
4. At least 19 senators, some who supported both bills, and some coauthors like Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), announced their opposition to SOPA and IPIA. Many did so on Wednesday, Ars Technica reported.
5. 2 million websites signed up to strike.
Everything you want to know about the blackout is up on Wikipedia, which of course, lists even more reasons for the protest's triumph.
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