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Why the Blackouts? Info on SOPA; alternatives to Wikipedia

Published on: Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Have you noticed that Wikipedia and other sites are “blacked out” today?

Many tech companies have decided to go dark for 24 hours on January 18, 2012 as an advocacy move to fight against adoption of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and a related act dubbed PIPA that seek to regulate online piracy and copyright infringement.  These opponents are concerned about potential threats to privacy and the open-ness of the internet.

For more on the issue, here are some resources:

For usable, every day quality information as an alternative (or in addition to) Wikipedia, try some of these UST Libraries subscription resources:

Ask a Librarian if you’d like some help.


2 Responses to “Why the Blackouts? Info on SOPA; alternatives to Wikipedia”

  1. Zach Hanson says:

    There should be a link on here to petition against SOPA try and add once because the bill is very corrupted and puts the control of the internet into the hands of the entertainment industry, which contributes very little to our economy in comparison. Do we really want to be the next “Great Fire Wall of China”?

  2. Zach Hanson says:

    Sorry for double post, but SOPA will not stop piracy because most of the sites are out of country and will still be able to be accessed by tying in the IP address. This will do nothing but hurt us because sites like Facebook and other social networks will be liable for what users post and censoring will become the new norm.