Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wikipedia, its the one and only service whose absence is capable to decrease the usage of internet in high size. Sadly Wikipedia, Free Encyclopedia is absent today in the world of web. So you cannot access Wikipedia for 24 Hours. 
     Right now in Washington D.C., Congress is considering two bills that would censor the web and impose burdensome regulations on American businesses. The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House PIPA & SOPA will indeed censor the web. As seen in that image, Wikipedia has been shut down completely in dark for 24 Hours. 
           It is the first time the English site has been blacked out. Wikipedia's Italian site came down once briefly in protest to an Internet censorship bill put forward by the Berlusconi government. The bill did not advance. The Wikimedia Foundation, which administers the site, announced the blackout late Monday, after polling its community of volunteer contributors and editors and getting responses from 1,800 of them. The protest is aimed at the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act under consideration in the Senate.
              "If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States,"
                                                                            - Wikimedia Foundation
                                          Both bills are designed to crack down on sales of pirated American products overseas, and they have the support of the film and music industry. Among the opponents are many Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay and AOL. They say the bills would hurt the industry and infringe on free-speech rights.

Whatever the decision of Senate is, Wikipedia must be protected and should exist. Because internet without Wikipedia is almost rough, tough and useless.