18 Jan 2012 – Why Wikipedia went down at midnight…
CNN – Go to Wikipedia at midnight, and you won’t find any of the usual encyclopedia articles.
Instead, you’ll be greeted with a message about anti-piracy bills that are topics of heated debate in the U.S. Congress — stirring opposition from tech companies in Silicon Valley and support from media companies in Hollywood.
Wikipedia, one of the highest-traffic sites on the Internet, will shut down for 24 hours in protest of these laws, which the website says would make it very difficult — maybe impossible — for its nonprofit encyclopedia to continue to operate.
The blackout starts at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge
‘For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.Learn more.’>> >
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Am blacking my Facebook profile pix for 24hrs in support to the Wikipedia blackout!
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship – George Bernard Shaw
You can cage the singer but not the song – Harry Belafonte