Published on January 17th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
This Is What a Wikipedia Blackout Looks Like
Just a few moments ago, Wikipedia went dark for the first time in its history for a planned protest of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate version, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA.)
When visitors land on Wikipedia’s main page, they’re still prompted to search as usual. But instead of a result, they’re greeted with an ominous, grayscale page that reads:
Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge
For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.
Contact your representatives.
Beneath that is a field prompting users to enter their zip codes and get the information to contact their local representatives to express support for blocking SOPA and PIPA, respectively. (SOPA is in the House, PIPA in the Senate.) It will be interesting to see how Wikipedia’s popularity influences constituent mobility, but Wednesday overall should be telling in how well internet action translates to real-life protest.
Have you contacted your local lawmakers to voice your opposition to SOPA and PIPA?