Jan 18, 2012

Wikipedia - January 18 Blackout

this is wikipedia

this is google

notasemut : sebenarnya sempena rehat lunch hour ni gua nak buat carian dan kajian sikit sikit. tapi disebabkan hari ni adalah hari 'blackout' untuk wikipedia versi english, jadi lebih molek rasanya gua abaikan carian dan perlahan lahan bergerak pergi pekena nasik sebagai tanda sokongan terhadap dua rakan karib gua ni (google dan wikipedia)

untuk yang tak paham lagi apa benda yang sedang berlaku, berikut petikan daripada wikipedia..


What exactly is Wikipedia doing?


On January 18, 2012, the English Wikipedia community is protesting SOPA and PIPA with a global blackout of the English Wikipedia. Readers who come to English Wikipedia from the United States will see a message from Wikipedia about SOPA and PIPA that encourages them to contact their representatives or senators, and readers everywhere will be encouraged to share their views via social media. This protest will last 24 hours - from midnight to midnight EST.


Why is this happening?


The English Wikipedia community is opposed to SOPA/PIPA. In an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and inhibit people's access to information online.


Why? SOPA and PIPA put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.


For over a decade, Wikipedians have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. This proposed legislation could seriously damage Wikipedia, and your ability to access information online. 

Source : Q&A  SOPA and PIPA


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