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PostSubject: Wednesday 18: No Wikipedia   Tue 17 Jan 2012, 3:00 am

I just found out browsing around through Wikipedia:

Wikipedia wrote:
Please note: In less than 23 hours,
the English Wikipedia will be blacked out globally
to protest SOPA and PIPA.

If you don't know what is the fuzz about, please check Save the Internet thread.

Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director wrote:
Today (January 16, 2012), the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made. [...] although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not. As Wikimedia Foundation board member Kat Walsh wrote on one of our mailing lists recently,
Kat Walsh wrote:
We depend on a legal infrastructure that makes it possible for us to operate. And we depend on a legal infrastructure that also allows other sites to host user-contributed material, both information and expression. For the most part, Wikimedia projects are organizing and summarizing and collecting the world’s knowledge. (...) But that knowledge has to be published somewhere for anyone to find and use it. Where it can be censored without due process, it hurts the speaker, the public, and Wikimedia. Where you can only speak if you have sufficient resources to fight legal challenges, or, if your views are pre-approved by someone who does, the same narrow set of ideas already popular will continue to be all anyone has meaningful access to.

[...] The reality is [...] SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we're seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the Internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms. [...] We want the Internet to remain free and open, everywhere, for everyone.

So what do you think about this?

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PostSubject: Re: Wednesday 18: No Wikipedia   Wed 18 Jan 2012, 4:01 am

WIKIPEDIA CAN DO EET! I'm kinda nervous about all this sopa thing.

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PostSubject: Re: Wednesday 18: No Wikipedia   Fri 03 Feb 2012, 7:32 pm

This is a bit late.
I thought it was a great thing. Wikipedia protested, Google joined in, and it made sort of a domino effect. It really shows the power and will of the people of the inernet.

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