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A World where Legislation comes Before Free Knowledge? No Thanks.

January 18, 2012

Have any of you tried to go on Wikipedia today? If so, you might have been surprised to find that it has been blacked out, and will continue to be, for the rest of today, in protest against The US Congress, who are considering legislation (SOPA and PIPA) that would bring an end to free and open source Internet. Not only would Wikipedia be brought to it’s knees, but WordPress would probably also be closed down. To raise awareness, Wikipedia are having a 24 hour blackout, and I am in full support of them. Are you?  Learn more here.

You can also read more about it in the following articles:

The BBC: Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves

BusinessWeek: Google rallies opposition to Murdoch-backed anti-piracy bill

I don’t want to live in a world where the Internet is heavily censored and websites with user-submitted content cease to exist.

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