Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge
Today, when I went to Wikipedia trying to look up information on Venus Williams (triggered by watching her play in Australian Open yesterday), I saw Wikipedia sharing this information and my expression was no less than a shock. A shock so visible on my page, the person sitting right across me asked me if everything was okay.
I just can not see myself living in a world where all this information is stopped and controlled. We are already living in a world where the powers in the world want to control what is shared and Wikileaks have shocked many people. Authors like Dan Brown bring out the theories which Christianity call out as Conspiracy Theories. The information we receive today is already so controlled that at times it is hard to believe what really is true and now there is an act to stop “free information”.
I like the idea of stopping online piracy and also to protect IP; but if that comes at a cost of stopping all free information I would be dammed.I did read what the acts say – SOPA and my simple and limited understanding I see that the objective is to stop piracy and ban sites that deal in such content. But, my worry is that a measure so strong will only give such powers that they will virtually control what goes online.
With great powers comes great responsibility
But, do Authorities follow this anymore?
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- Wikipedia Alternatives: What to Do When Wikipedia Goes Down (pcworld.com)
- Wikipedia Blackout for SOPA Protest: 5 Online Encyclopedia Alternatives (ibtimes.com)
- The On-line Encyclopedia will shut down for tomorrow (jontambek.wordpress.com)
- Wikipedia editors question site’s planned blackout (seattletimes.nwsource.com)