January 24, 2022

Wikipedia Will Shut Down on Wednesday in Protest of Anti-Piracy Act (SOPA)

From The Wrap:

Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours Wednesday to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, founder Jimmy Wales announced on Monday.


Wales used his Twitter account to spread the news, writing “Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa

In place of Wikipedia, users will see instructions for how to reach local members of Congress, which Wales hopes “will melt phone systems in Washington.”

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See Also: Official News Release from Wikimedia Foundation

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.

Even More Background About the Shut Down from the Wikimedia Foundation

UPDATE: Twitter’s Dick Costolo calls Wikipedia’s SOPA blackout ‘foolish’  (via The Next Web)

UPDATE: Dick Costolo is right: The Jan 18th SOPA/PIPA blackout is “foolish” for businesses (via The Next Web)

See Also: Wikipedia to Join Wednesday’s SOPA/PIPA Blackout (via Slate)

Wikipedia’s blackout is similar to the planned Reddit blackout from 8 AM – 8 PM on Wednesday, which, according to Digital Trends, is still on. Answering questions on Twitter for much of the afternoon, Wales has given some more details on the Wikipedia blackout:

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.