Wikipedia Black Out – cityHUNTing for Answers

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For many of us, our continuing education and refreshment of knowledge comes from a simple click of the mouse. Relying on the endless and effortless wisdom that Wikipedia lends. But today, we’re all in the dark.

Lately, we’ve seen awareness raised in the form of Livestrong bracelets, colored ribbons, bumper stickers and even bar crawls…but this is a first for me.

Blacked out. The entire site down for the day. Ok, you’ve got my attention.

In efforts to raise awareness and stop the passage of the SOPA & PIPA act, Wikipedia is using the best platform it knows… it’s site.

If you are anything like me, you’re scratching your head at the acronyms.

Not yet on the Senate floor, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Acts have caused more than a little controversy.

To give you the skinny: the bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign websites. Sounds peachy. Maybe not so…

Please check out the sites below to see what the uproar is all about… peruse the articles and videos available, and make your decision on the passage or non-passage of SOPA & PIPA.

 

Wikipedia’s Awareness Efforts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

 

 

More information on SOPA & PIPA:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57360665-503544/sopa-pipa-what-you-need-to-know/

 

 

Going dark to spread enlightenment:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/18/2715300/sopa-blackout-wikipedia-reddit-mozilla-google-protest 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrymagid/2012/01/18/what-are-sopa-and-pipa-and-why-all-the-fuss/

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/sopa-pipa/

http://rt.com/news/wikipedia-blackout-sopa-pipa-031/


 

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