Wikipedia to Go Dark in SOPA Protest

Make sure you don't need to look anything up Wednesday
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 2:13 PM CST
US Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, speaks during the opening session at the London Cyberspace Conference in London November 1, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – "Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday!" With that tweet, issued earlier today, Jimmy Wales revealed that Wikipedia will be joining up with Reddit, I Can Haz Cheezburger, and several other websites in their Jan. 18 protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act. Wikipedia's English-language version will be inaccessible for 24 hours, the Atlantic Wire reports. Wales later tweeted that going dark was a "community decision," arrived at in—where else?—a "Wikipedia talk" forum.

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