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Translating Moby Dick into Japanese Emoji Icons using Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
Translating Moby Dick into Japanese Emoji Icons using Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
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Another Kickstarter project I just launched.

Posted by Fred Benenson (Creator)

I just posted this to Hackers Party Kickstarter, so apologies to the 10 of you who backed both projects -- you can ignore this. :)

For the 73 other of you: in case you haven't heard, the Internet is being threatened by a piece of legislation called as SOPA. The bill is being marked up in Congress and might be voted on on Wednesday the 21st. If you've been ignoring all the SOPA news, please  take a moment to read up on it. You can start here or on Wikipedia.

The gist of SOPA is that it will give the content industry unprecedented control over black-listing websites they claim are hosting infringing content. There will be no takedowns, no arbitration, and no oversight. If SOPA were law when YouTube launched, they would have had their DNS records yanked and the site would never have grown into the platform it is today. While the MPAA and RIAA claim sites like YouTube and Twitter won't be targeted by legislation like SOPA, they're lying. SOPA will be abused, just like the DMCA is being abused today -- except this time the effects will be much much worse.

So please, take the time to call your political representatives and tell them to vote against SOPA. 

On Friday I launched my third Kickstarter project:

█ ██████ SOPA ███ ███ █ ███ ███ ████ STUPID T-SHIRT

Check out the project here and buy a shirt if you'd like to support the cause. I'm hoping to ship them in February 2012.

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