Skip to comments.Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA
Posted on 01/17/2012 3:52:06 AM PST by abb
Do not try to look up "Internet Censorship" or "SOPA" or "PIPA" on Wikipedia, the giant online encyclopedia, on Wednesday.
SOPA and PIPA are two bills in Congress meant to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet, but major Internet companies say the bills would put them in the impossible position of policing the online world.
Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, now says his site will go dark for the day on Wednesday, joining a budding movement to protest the two bills. Google vs. China Watch Video Craigslist Censored? Watch Video China Hackers Stealing U.S. Secrets, Jobs Watch Video
"This is going to be wow," Wales said on Twitter. "I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!"
Other sites, such as Reddit and Boing Boing, have already said they would go dark on Wednesday. And some of the biggest names online, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, have vocally opposed the proposed legislation.
PIPA, the Protect IP Act in the Senate, and SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, have been presented as a way to protect movie studios, record labels and others. Supporters range from the Country Music Association to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
But the Internet giants say the bills could require your Internet provider to block websites that are involved in digital file sharing. And search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing could be stopped from linking to them -- antithetical, they say, to the ideal of an open Internet.
"If you want an Internet where human rights, free speech and the rule of law are not subordinated to the entertainment industry's profits, I hope you'll join us," said Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing.
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We survived a million years without Wiki, so twenty-four hours won’t matter much.
Here is a link to all the Nanny State Congressional thugs who are sponsoring SOPA.
One of my people - Steve Scalise - is on the list. He’s been a very good soldier for our side up until now. Don’t know what his motivation is here. I may try and interview him for my newsblog.
No overseers aboard the Internet! Make warder boarding the Internet illegal!
Anything to get the sheeple to disconnect from their media stupor and see what's happening right under their noses.
With this administration in charge this is no time to give the government more power. Look at the Democrats sponsoring this bill and be afraid. We do not need another power grab by the government at a time when people do not yet understand the freedom they lost under Dodd Frank.
What effect, if any, will this story from yesterday have on these plans??
US Crackdown On Web Piracy ‘Shelved’
Sky News ^
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 3:45:18 PM by Sub-Driver
US Crackdown On Web Piracy ‘Shelved’
9:28pm UK, Monday January 16, 2012
US plans to legislate against internet piracy appear to have been effectively shelved after Barack Obama came out against it and Congressional leaders reportedly said a vote would not be held “unless there is consensus”.
To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Date: January 16, 2012
Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United Statesthe Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senatethat, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.
This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and its a decision that wasnt lightly made. Heres how its been described by the three Wikipedia administrators who formally facilitated the communitys discussion. From the public statement, signed by User:NuclearWarfare, User:Risker and User:Billinghurst:
It is the opinion of the English Wikipedia community that both of these bills, if passed, would be devastating to the free and open web.
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. The overwhelming majority of participants support community action to encourage greater public action in response to these two bills. Of the proposals considered by Wikipedians, those that would result in a blackout of the English Wikipedia, in concert with similar blackouts on other websites opposed to SOPA and PIPA, received the strongest support.
On careful review of this discussion, the closing administrators note the broad-based support for action from Wikipedians around the world, not just from within the United States. The primary objection to a global blackout came from those who preferred that the blackout be limited to readers from the United States, with the rest of the world seeing a simple banner notice instead. We also noted that roughly 55% of those supporting a blackout preferred that it be a global one, with many pointing to concerns about similar legislation in other nations.
In making this decision, Wikipedians will be criticized for seeming to abandon neutrality to take a political position. Thats a real, legitimate issue. We want people to trust Wikipedia, not worry that it is trying to propagandize them.
But although Wikipedias articles are neutral, its existence is not. As Wikimedia Foundation board member Kat Walsh wrote on one of our mailing lists recently,
We depend on a legal infrastructure that makes it possible for us to operate. And we depend on a legal infrastructure that also allows other sites to host user-contributed material, both information and expression. For the most part, Wikimedia projects are organizing and summarizing and collecting the worlds knowledge. Were putting it in context, and showing people how to make to sense of it.
But that knowledge has to be published somewhere for anyone to find and use it. Where it can be censored without due process, it hurts the speaker, the public, and Wikimedia. Where you can only speak if you have sufficient resources to fight legal challenges, or, if your views are pre-approved by someone who does, the same narrow set of ideas already popular will continue to be all anyone has meaningful access to.
The decision to shut down the English Wikipedia wasnt made by me; it was made by editors, through a consensus decision-making process. But I support it.
Like Kat and the rest of the Wikimedia Foundation Board, I have increasingly begun to think of Wikipedias public voice, and the goodwill people have for Wikipedia, as a resource that wants to be used for the benefit of the public. Readers trust Wikipedia because they know that despite its faults, Wikipedias heart is in the right place. Its not aiming to monetize their eyeballs or make them believe some particular thing, or sell them a product. Wikipedia has no hidden agenda: it just wants to be helpful.
Thats less true of other sites. Most are commercially motivated: their purpose is to make money. That doesnt mean they dont have a desire to make the world a better placemany do!but it does mean that their positions and actions need to be understood in the context of conflicting interests.
My hope is that when Wikipedia shuts down on January 18, people will understand that were doing it for our readers. We support everyones right to freedom of thought and freedom of expression. We think everyone should have access to educational material on a wide range of subjects, even if they cant pay for it. We believe in a free and open Internet where information can be shared without impediment. We believe that new proposed laws like SOPAand PIPA, and other similar laws under discussion inside and outside the United Statesdont advance the interests of the general public. You can read a very good list of reasons to oppose SOPA and PIPA here, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Why is this a global action, rather than US-only? And why now, if some American legislators appear to be in tactical retreat on SOPA?
The reality is that we dont think SOPA is going away, and PIPA is still quite active. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we’re seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the Internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms. Our concern extends beyond SOPA and PIPA: they are just part of the problem. We want the Internet to remain free and open, everywhere, for everyone.
Make your voice heard!
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On January 18, we hope youll agree with us, and will do what you can to make your own voice heard.
Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation
One wonders if this is still necessary. I thought the bill was scuttled as recent as yesterday
In Washington, nothing is dead as long as Congress is in session, or the president’s auto-pen is running.
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My son handed me down a computer that is connected to the TV to watch programs on the hard drive and available over the internet. I am currently using Boxee that goes to various places on the internet to get stuff you either pay for or that has adds.
The computer is old but has a plug in that allows wireless connection to the internet. It came with a clicker that operates the computer and thus the programming. It is clunky and I can’t make it work well.
Last night i learned that the solution to the problem was by my side........ my I Phone. The I Phone has an Ap, actually many, that permit me to sit on the couch and operate the computer across the room to make it serve up the program or movie I want to watch.
As best I can tell we now have a convergence of many technologies. The I phone is in reality a computer tht is a radio that can transmit instructions governed by the Ap software to another wireless connected computer that provides the signal and thus the content to the TV.
It’s is almost beyond my cpacity
Remember when Atlas Shrugged was fiction...?
SOPA and PIPA are two bills in Congress meant to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet
No, that's the rationale offered for the bills. The intent of the bills (for Hollywood) is to choke off the Internet's ability to put small-scale creators one a level distribution playing field and (for the politicians) to enable the installation of Chinese-style censorship mechanisms.
“Shelved” = “retreat until the heat is off, then try again”
Like most protest this is a silly hollow gesture that accomplishes nothing and punishes the wrong people. Shutting down their own websites, keeping the users of the websites from the content, really isn’t going to make the government stop doing anything.
I agree with the cause but the protest itself is stupid. Nobody except Disney and the congressmen they own supports this. But the protest doesn’t hurt them, it hurts the people that already know SOPA is a bad idea.
What you’re overlooking is that most people don’t have any idea that this is going on at all. The shutdown, with the banner explaining the reasons, is a clue-by-four to wake them up.
If they don’t know about SOPA (which is pretty hard to do if you’re already hanging out on the internet) then finding their favorite site shutdown will just annoy them at the site, not the government. They won’t bother to research it, and even if they did bother to research everybody’s favorite place to start research (Wiki) is one of the sites going dark.
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Says they would be unaffected by the bill
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Says they would be unaffected by the bill
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I’d like to propose a 24-hour blackout of acronyms.
My pet peeve is 8 1/2 x 14 legal-size paper. If I were King that would be my very first edict - to make use of it illegal.
Would it ever PO the lawyers!
Wikipedia is linking to a page that will identify your Senators and Congress rep. So it is proactive.
I’m surprised by the number of people here who bit on the “censorship” bait. These bills are an attempt to honor / reinforce intellectual property rights. It’s been allowed to go on so long that people apparently feel they are entitled to things that are created and owned by someone else. Sad. I hope these bills prevail.
This is happening today, Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
The blackout is active now. Hit the stop button on your browser to avoid the bounce to the blackout page.
Liberals only complain when their liberties are in jeopardy. Now they’re getting a dose of their own statist medicine. Tools.
Google is also participating with a black strip over the word ‘Christ’. /s
You produce IP, it's up to you to capitalize on it before someone else does!
We survived a million years without the internet. Now ask the nice librarian to help you find out about Bain Capital ...
We want people to trust Wikipedia, not worry that it is trying to propagandize them.
Well, it is and has been doing precisely that. And the sad thing is that we have to side with them now because the alternative is worse. Fine. I've gone on record with my Rep and Senators, and I didn't need a black splotch on Google to tell me to do so. I've found myself in the same foxhole as these guys but I don't have to like it and I don't have to like them because they sure as hell don't like me.
Snotty move. A flash page, would be fine. But a complete blackout annoys, rather than informs people.
But could a law such as SOPA most likely in up in a court setting?