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
Companies: wikipedia


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2012 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re: Freetards united against tyranny! (Trademark pending) ;)

    Considering he didn't call Wikipedia a freetard site, it's hard to see how you came up with the reply you did.

    Also, he (the AC you're replying to) is referring to the various sites participating in the voluntary "dark" time. Wikipedia, XDA, etc. These sites are all willingly going dark to protest internet censorship in general. Not just "freetard sites" as you like to spew.

    One man's "freetard site" is another man's information site. XDA would be a fine example of that. Plenty of information on there on how to bypass cell manufacturer and cell phone company restrictions and limitations. They also provide applications and tools for doing so. Some (perhaps the cell companies and manufacturers) might label them "rogue".

    I think it's kind of "let's stand together or fall separately" mindset at the moment with these sites who are going to go dark. Not a bad idea.

    Do try and provide facts when you comment. Rather than insults, misinformation, etc.

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