Tomorrow is the Wikipedia blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Other sites like Reddit and Boing Boing are also going dark. So are WordPress, Mozilla and Twitpic. What about the giants like Facebook and Google?
While both huge Internet names are vocally opposed to both SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), neither site has plans to go dark on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 along with the Wikipedia blackout. Obviously if they did, this would really affect Internet users. Of course, not having access to the largest online encyclopedia as well as some social networking sites is going to hurt, but not as much as if everything went black for 24 hours tomorrow.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tweeted, "This is going to be wow. I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!" Will you be calling to protest the two Internet censorship bills? The site is the sixth most visited worldwide, so the impact will be felt.
While Google will not be dark, it will highlight the issue with a link on its home page tomorrow. If the bills move forward, it appears as if there could possible be an entire Internet blackout in the future. Could you imagine that? How would people work? How would it affect you? Do you think that it would make a difference?
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