Wikipedia to be taken down in protest against SOPA and PIPA
On January 18, the English Wikipedia will join several popular sites, including Reddit, and will be taken down globally for a period of 24 hours in protest against the drafted Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) put on vote in the U.S. Congress.
The two laws caused protests from major IT companies because with those laws, the companies and authorities will get the power to exert pressure on ISPs and search engines to turn off entire websites with illegal content. Under these laws, the providers will be responsible for the sites and will have to monitor what content is being shared, which could slow down innovation.
“If adopted, these laws would harm the free and open Internet and contribute to new tools for censorship of international websites in the United States,” says the Wikimedia Foundation.
The shut down of the encyclopedia will be global in order to raise the awareness among all communities about the dangers of Internet censorship.
Wikipedia is the 6th most popular website in the world, with over 25 million visitors daily. According to Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, this will be an amazing “wow” move with which he hopes that users will “melt” the phones of U.S. senators to express their dissatisfaction with the laws.
Author: Viktor Arsovski