More on the blackout.

So Wikipedia stands alone, only with minor backers in this demonstration like the powerhouse that is the Liberal Conspiracy blog. They have a new FAQ-style page up though of interest. On the question of whether SOPA is dead given Obama’s vow to veto it:

No, neither SOPA nor PIPA are dead. On January 17th, SOPA’s sponsor said the bill will be discussed in early February. There are signs PIPA may be debated on the Senate floor next week. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem…

Which isn’t really an answer, but I guess their point is it’s important to make a stand merely because such legislation is getting due attention and support in the US legislature. The security of a veto from the President isn’t sufficient for us to all sit down and not bother.

Still, details as to how exactly the acts would be so destructive are still on the thin side. They could have done with hyperlinking, as in most of their articles. On the silly objection that they’re violating their own neutrality rules though:

We are staging this blackout because, although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence actually is not. For over a decade, Wikipedians have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Wikipedia’s existence depends on a free, open and uncensored Internet.

Against the Murdochian characterisation of this as a fight beween Silicon Valley and Hollywood:

Some people are characterizing it that way, probably in an effort to imply all the participants are motivated by commercial self-interest. But you can know it’s not that simple, because Wikipedia has no financial self-interest here: we are not trying to monetize your eyeballs or sell you products.

That one’s a gem. Finally, an information life-saver:

The English Wikipedia will be accessible on mobile devices and smart phones. You can also view Wikipedia normally by completely disabling JavaScript in your browser.

I’m seeing Jimmy Sales speak in Oxford tomorrow, so I’ll report back if there’s anything from that to add to this.


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