Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wikipedia to shut down for 24 hours in piracy protest

Wikipedia will voluntarily shut down for 24 hours today in a protest against internet piracy laws in the United States and the English version the website will be inaccessible from 5.00 a.m. GMT (10.30 a.m. Sri Lanka time). 

According to media reports, a major target of the protest, SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act), has already been effectively halted by opposition from the White House, but Jimmy Wales, the cofounder of Wikipedia, said the blackout would go ahead anyway.

He estimated that 100 million English-speaking Wikipedia users will be affected by the blackout and warned students to “do your homework early”.

Instead of a database of more than 3.8 million articles, visitors will be greeted by an open letter encouraging them to contact Congress in protest. Courtesy: The Telegraph, UK

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