It's Official: Wikipedia To Go Dark On Wednesday

from the pipa-protests dept

Last week, we noted that Jimmy Wales was in favor of a blacking out Wikipedia on Wednesday in protest of PIPA, joining with Reddit and lots of other sites, but that the community need to weigh in quickly. It appears they've now done so, as Wales is telling students to do their homework early, because the site is a goner for Wednesday: In fact, it appears they're going even further than Reddit, who is going down for 12 hours. All English-language pages on Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours -- starting at midnight DC time on Wednesday. For what it's worth, I've been told by multiple Congressional staffers that Wikipedia is a tool they all rely on pretty much every day -- so expect this to get some attention. The site will also be replaced with an action alert, asking people to call and write Congress -- and Jimmy says his goal is to "melt the phone lines." Considering how much usage Wikipedia gets, that's entirely possible.

This is a big move, and it's great to see Jimmy and the community willing to take a stand like this. Jimmy is also tweeting up a storm about why this is so important. He's also responding to false claims that the bills are "dead," by noting that SOPA (1) may rise again and (2) that PIPA is still alive and well.

Either way, come Wednesday, I'm curious if Congress is still going to be claiming that it's just a "small minority" of people who dislike these bills.

Filed Under: blackout, censorship, copyright, jimmy wales, pipa, protect ip, sopa, wikipedia
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2012 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Ah yes, you must be one of the people who claimed that by moving sites away from GoDaddy, people were violating GoDaddy's right to free speech.

    No one is "holding the internet hostage". They are merely blacking out a few (emphasis on "a few") sites in protest of a bad law.

    This is the equivalent of a sit in, of Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of a bus, etc. I'm not comparing what they're protesting over or equivocating it in any way. I'm merely pointing out the measures they are taking in their form of protest are reasonably similar. Peaceful. With no intention to cause harm to anyone.

    Or are you against workers going on strike to protest bad working conditions too? Because that's holding the companies who have bad working conditions, use child labor, etc "hostage"?

    I wouldn't be surprised if you did think that way. Or perhaps you don't. Perhaps you only think that way when it's convenient to you.

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