[personal profile] lailoken
Apparently I forgot to write about Wikipedia last time.

Anyway, today is January 18, 2012, and Wikipedia has shut down its English-language version in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).  These acts are going to be voted on by the House and the Senate on January 24th, so Wikipedia (among others) is trying to protest those acts that will effectively allow censorship of the web (or even force censorship for websites that may contain copyrighted content).

Needless to say, Wikipedia's awesomeness level just rose about fifty percent.  As if it weren't awesome enough already.

Google also put up a black "censor" banner over the Google logo as a sort of doodle today, and Wired had its entire page "censored" out.  Sentences are legible if you scroll over them, but otherwise the entire page looks, well, censored.  There is a tab at the bottom that lets you uncensor the page, but I'm not planning on doing that.  It defeats the purpose—well, sort of.  It depends on the purpose.  Mozilla claims its purpose is a "virtual strike", meaning that the services provided by these organizations should not, actually, be usable today if it is to be a true strike.  On the other hand, if it's just to raise awareness, then I am already aware, so there's no real need for me to continue to not use these services.

Anyway.  I should be doing work today.



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