You may have to brush up on your dewey decimal system over the next 24 hours.
Wikipedia will go dark tomorrow to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills that congress is debating over. The bills will censor the internet and hold people responsible for “pirating” while also infringing on privacy rights.
“This is going to be wow,” Wales said on Twitter. “I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!”
Several sources said members of Congress, reacting to the online objections, were pulling back on parts of SOPA and PIPA to which Internet companies object. But the protest movement continued for the time being.
Other sites, such as Reddit and Boing Boing, have already said they would go dark on Wednesday. And some of the biggest names online, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, have vocally opposed the proposed legislation, though they have not said they are joining the online blackout.
So if you’re trying to get some last minute “research” in before that term paper is due, you might want to crank it out today or at least get the research done because we’ll be without so much of our precious internet tomorrow. It’ll be a taste of what’ll happen if these bills pass.
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