What in the world is happening online today?
I went to google this morning and noticed that the logo was blacked out. I thought something was wrong with my computer that it wasn’t showing me the image. I did my search only to find out that Wikipedia was shut down today for English users. Life without Wikipedia? No way! I am happy to say I read that it would only be for today. Phew! I love Wikipedia!
On the Wikipedia page it states that they will be holding a blackout for 24 hours to protest against the proposed legislation on online piracy; Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). These bills are being made in an effort to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites. Wikipedia feels that the bills will infringe on free expression and harm the internet. They feel it will severely impact people’s access to online information as foreign sites will be blacklisted. Wikipedia is encouraging its users to contact their local representatives in an effort to stop these bills from being passed.
As many as 7000 sites are participating in the blackout today. Some are totally blackout like Wikipedia, BoingBoing, Craigslist, Minecraft and WordPress while some are just bringing attention to the bills, like Goggle and Amazon. I am sure glad I am able to post my blog but if you go to WordPress’ home page it is censored today!
Facebook, Twitter, Ebay and AOL are not participating which I guess is a good thing for all you Facebook Addicts out there.
We have the world at our fingertips with the use of the internet. I use the internet, like most, on a daily basis. I have learned more, researched many things, hence my dismay about Wikipedia this morning, and I have even reconnected with old friends, some of whom live in other countries! I know there are people who use the internet for the wrong reasons. If you ever watch the show “In Session,” you will see the evidence against those sitting in the court room can be traced back to their internet searches. But I also know that a lot of good comes from the internet as well. Many school projects have been completed because of the information we were able to obtain through the wonderful world that exists beyond our computer screens.
My feelings about these bills….why don’t you try to stop cyber bullying and protect our children from the predators that seek them out on the internet instead? I personally feel that is a more pressing issue. I am not a Politian, nor would I want to be one so I can only base my decision on what I read….on the internet!
On a lighter note, while I was searching some sites to see what they had to say about todays blackout I came across this small article that made me chuckle. In Louisiana a parish commissioner is trying to get pajamas banned in public as he is tired of seeing people all over the place wearing their PJs! Really? Are you kidding me? If that passes I will laugh! I totally went to drop my kids off to school this morning in my Mickey Mouse fleece pajama pants! I obviously can’t wear them to work or on the ambulance but come on don’t take my morning fly to school in my PJ’s away! Good thing I don’t live in Louisiana!
“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates
322 Days to go.