Wikipedia Protests by turning the English section OFF for 24 hours on 18th Jan 2012

Wikipedia OFF for 24 hrs
This is the image of Wikipedia today – 18th January 2012

Wikipedia Protests! What exactly is it doing?

Wikipedia protests against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia: instead, they will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, and encouraging them to share their views with their elected representatives, and via social media….. Learn more.

What are SOPA and PIPA?

Why is this happening?

Do you care about infringement?

Isn’t SOPA dead? Wasn’t the bill shelved, and didn’t the White House declare that it won’t sign anything that resembles the current bill?

Aren’t SOPA/PIPA as they stand not even really a threat to Wikipedia? Won’t the DNS provisions be removed?

What can users outside of the U.S. do to support this effort?

Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?

I keep hearing that this is a fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Is that true?

In carrying out this protest, is Wikipedia abandoning neutrality?

What can I read to get more information?






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