My daughter, a freshman in high school, related today that Thursday morning, she was unable to pass an assignment because Wikipedia was down the night prior. It turned out all her other classmates were unable to do their research work for the same reason.
The teacher then was compelled to tell them, “Pass your work tomorrow then.” Just goes to show that indeed, Wikipedia is the biggest free encyclopedia today.
One student quipped, “Now that Wikipedia won’t help, I think homework should be banned from schools.” The statement earned peals of laughter, catcalls, clapping and stamping of foots from the other students.
It so happened the principal was making her rounds that particular moment in time. The class earned a scolding as a result.
SOPA postponed indefinitely
In a CNNMoney report, it’s been confirmed: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), two controversial anti-piracy bills, had been postponed indefinitely.
This came as a result of Internet sites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, launching an Internet blackout on Wednesday, January 18, and protesters flocking to the streets of New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Search engine juggernaut Google, for its part, drew more than 7 million signatures for its anti-SOPA and PIPA campaign.
In a prepared statement, Congressman Lamar Smith from the 21st District of Texas, author of SOPA, said: “I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves.”
United we stand, divided we fall
Just weeks ago, these two bills, SOPA and PIPA, were perceived to be unstoppable. But following the unprecedented all-out war the online community declared last week, it’s clear that not even the U.S. Congress can necessarily tower over a public that’s been unified by free and direct communication on the Internet.
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