SOPA/PIPA and the Wikipedia Blackout
We would like to ENCOURAGE all INFOdocket readers to CONTACT their representatives in Congress and let them know that SOPA/PIPA is bad legislation.
This post has articles and links to learn more about SOPA/PIPA. Those of you outside of the U.S. might want to take a look at this petition to the U.S. State Department.
We wrestled with the topic but decided to remain online and posting today. This might change if future blackouts take place. We fully support those sites who decided to go dark today.
Taking a site, especially a large web site, offline is challenging.
However, of the largest and most well-known sites to “go dark” today, the English language version of Wikipedia could have done a better job in their effort.
Yes, Wikipedia’s involvement earned the black out a lot of press attention in the run-up to today’s events but to learn that some versions of Wikipedia (via the Wikipedia.org domain) are still available reduces the overall effectiveness of the protest and is disappointing.
1. The mobile version of Wikipedia (also accessible on the desktop) is available. This was reported last night by the Wall Street Journal and by Forbes this morning. The mobile version of Wikipedia gets millions of visitor requests each day.
3. We’ve learned that the Simple English version of Wikipedia is available today.
4. Interesting and surprising. Wikia, a commercial site, co-founded by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales (he has also taken his personal site dark) IS ONLINE and available today. The site does have a banner with informative material about SOPA if clicked.
See Also: Interview with Jimmy Wales: Why Wikipedia went down at midnight? (via CNN)
See Also: ALA applauds Internet blackout in opposition to PIPA, SOPA
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.