So you can immediately click that X on the internet-destroying SOPA-mongers. Minneapolis developers Andy Baird and Tony Webster have released a Chrome extension that displays a banner at the top of a site letting you know if the company behind the domain supports the Stop Online Piracy Act. The developers “used the sources we could find;” the extension still says GoDaddy is a SOPA supporter, even though the registrar and hosting company rescinded its support for the bill (although it’s still implicated for consulting).
“Be notified if you’re visiting the website of a company that supports the dangerous Stop Online Piracy Act legislation,” reads the description. The sources used to identify SOPA supporters are listed on Github and include news stories from VentureBeat and TechDirt. The pair say they welcome verifiable additions or removals via Github.
The extension, built last weekend, has had more than 2,000 downloads and 4 1/2 stars after 21 reviews.
“I hope it will raise awareness that while GoDaddy seems to be getting most of the attention, there are a lot of other companies techies love that are also behind SOPA,” Mr. Webster told Betabeat via Twitter. “We can speak our minds with our wallets.”
Now we need an extension for the websites of members of Congress.
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