Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wikipedia Plans to Black Out Against SOPA

Wikipedia will be blacking out the English-language Wikipedia in the matter of hours. This is Wikipedia's way of protesting against SOPA.

The black out will begin at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18th. The blackout will last for 24 hours and then Wikipedia will resume back to normal.

A public statement signed by User:NuclearWarfare, User:Risker and User:Billinghurst said:

"Over the course of the past 72 hours, over 1800 Wikipedians have joined together to discuss proposed actions that the community might wish to take against SOPA and PIPA. This is by far the largest level of participation in a community discussion ever seen on Wikipedia, which illustrates the level of concern that Wikipedians feel about this proposed legislation."

This type of protesting is very interesting. It is a great method to get the word out to everyone who uses the English version of Wikipedia. Just hope no one needs to use Wikipedia tomorrow!

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