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Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

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Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

"...Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18... The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia."
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout
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Re: Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

Thankfully PlusNet Staff are going to be on top of it all: http://community.plus.net/blog/2012/01/17/websites-to-go-on-strike-in-sopa-act-protest/#more-20492
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Fortunately our award winning Support Staff are familiar with what’s happening which will undoubtedly help should any bemused students get in touch wondering why they can’t do their homework

I'm not sure if that means my son can call them to get all the answers for his homework, that really IS what I call great customer service.
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Re: Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

The Wikipedia page says 24 hours (as I used for topic title). Plusnet article says 12 hours. Perhaps 12 hours relates to other sites that are taking action.
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Re: Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

I have just received an email from Mozilla/Firefox regarding their support for the protest.
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Protect the Internet
Mozilla is joining a virtual strike against Internet censorship - along with others like Wikipedia and Google - to raise awareness of U.S. Congress legislation that could fundamentally alter the Internet. This harmful legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), will be voted on as early as January 24th in the U.S. Senate. Want to help? Please visit mozilla.org/sopa or check the Mozilla Blog for further details.

http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/
http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2012/01/17/mozilla-to-join-tomorrows-virtual-protests-of-pipasopa/
http://blog.mozilla.com/
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[quote=BBC News]Wikipedia said that the English site's administrators had decided to stage its first ever public protest because the bills "would be devastating to the free and open web".
It added: "We don't think Sopa is going away, and Pipa is still quite active. Moreover, Sopa and Pipa are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we're seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms."
BBC news coverage of the story - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16590585
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Re: Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

To access Wikipedia ...... just press STOP as soon as the page loads ...... easy.
If you are too slow, reload page, than as above.

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Re: Wikipedia Closing For 24 Hours

Strike-breaker!!  Angry  Wink
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