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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Wikipedia Blackout Didn’t Apply to Smartphones

Wikipedia Blackout Didn’t Apply to Smartphones

Wikipedia Blackout Didn’t Apply to Smartphones

Added: Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A few days ago, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales decided to take his online encyclopedia offline in protest against new copyright legislation and did it right away. However, this move has angered his team of experts acting as the company's editors, even though users were still able to access the service from their smartphones.

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According to the local media, the editors, whose job is supposed to be making people they don't like disappear, insisted that protest of SOPA bill could really threaten the credibility of their work. For example, Robert Lawton, a computer expert from Michigan, claimed that he was too worried about the outfit suddenly being in the role of advocacy, since that was a very slippery slope. He suggested that the next move taken by Wikipedia is to be blacked out for saving the whales.

As you know, the encyclopedia has shut down access to its English-language version of website for 24 hours a couple days ago. Instead of Wikipedia articles, the users were offered to read information about a couple of controversial congressional bills (SOPA and PIPA) regarding copyright. The service also detailed about how to contact with legislators. By the way, you wouldn’t know all that if you were using a smartphone.

Nevertheless, the online encyclopedia finds itself having to make such stands as the US politicians try harder to filter the web. For example, Wikipedia’s Italian version of the encyclopedia went offline once in protest to a web censorship legislation put forward by the Berlusconi government. In fact, statements like that managed to force the authorities to backtrack on their efforts to filter the Internet.

However, it seems that the editors didn’t like the idea of shutting down for a day. They showed this by blacking out their own user profile pages (like someone reads them!) and resigning their administrative rights (like someone cares!). Some of the editors believe that the website’s decision to tackle filtering with filtering is simply daft. Meanwhile, Wikipedia founder insists that the service is able to maintain neutrality in content even while taking public positions. Jimmy Wales said that Wikipedia will always be neutral, but its community need not be – at least not when the service is threatened.


By:
SaM
January 21st,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Saturday, January 21st, 2012



Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2012-01-21 14:07:52)
TOSGamer avatarthnx SAM i knew that i enter wikipedia that day n it was workin 100% no problems

2
posted by (2012-01-21 16:34:18)
timos avatarThanks SAM, I think taking it down for 24 hours was a good idea, I noticed it but it really means that people who have no idea what's going on or what's going to happen if they did get SOPA and PIPA passed get an idea of what it may mean and how it will change our lives and the internet as we know it

3
posted by Kitty (2012-01-21 23:30:39)
fresnokila avatarIt was down for 24 hours for the english site..I entered in spanish and it had no blackout

4
posted by (2012-01-22 04:15:07)
jgmcnair avatarLooked up info that day and before it redirected me to the info on sopa/pipa site I just stopped the page from loading and read my info I needed... Also, read somewhere if you disabled javascript it would not forward to the next page... Thanks for the article SaM!!

5
posted by Turtle (2012-01-22 06:32:45)
Paulysvision avatarMobile sites were still running, my iphone and my missus's ancient mobile were still able to access the mobile site.
All in All i guess the message was heard by the politicians

6
posted by (2012-01-22 18:17:27)
No avatarIf the editors don't care about internet censorship maybe they might as well look for new jobs now instead, or if they don't get paid, they could just turn their computers off and get out the game altogether

7
posted by (2012-01-22 21:21:37)
bluepeas avatarWow we know there are several ways to access cyber-space but who would have thought they weren't one of the same?? Considering, some of WiKI's info is definititely unreliable, getting into his site is never that serious for me ..but I agree it was a good move to get such critical info out. Other then internet censorship, hopefully the black-out doesnt become a habit.



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