Wikipedia to go dark on January 18


Marquette, Ed <Ed.Marquette@...>
 

OK. I contend this isn't off-topic. People who use the Research-it feature of JAWS to look up something on Wikipedia on January 18 may be in for a surprise, and it isn't Freedom Scientific's fault.
This only applies to the English version, but the Board of Directors of Wikipedia elected to take the English version off-line on January 18 to protest certain pending legislation in the United States Congress -- statutes aimed at strengthening intellectual property rights and preventing privacy.
I won't get into the politics. I just thought I'd send out the alert.
I don't know how the shut-down will be implemented, i.e., whether there will be a message that pops up or whether it will just be temporarily unreachable by browsers. I suspect it is the former, but who knows?


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