xhiller | Wednesday January 18th, 2012
For the first time in its history, Wikipedia has halted access to the ‘people’s encyclopaedia’. The black out is in protest of two bills circulating in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate: the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and the “Protect Intellectual Property Act.” Prompting this drastic measure was Wikipedia’s concern that these two acts will seriously inhibit people’s access to online information. This is Wikipedia’s contribution to raising awareness about this issue.
Throughout the black out, detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia. Links with more informtation to WIKI’s campaign can be found on those pages.