Wales Mulls Wikipedia Blackout to Protest Against Online Piracy Bill

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is reportedly considering a global Wikipedia strike in order to protest the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which the US Congress is so keen to pass.

In a blog post, Wales asked the Wikipedia community for an opinion on US only Wikipedia black out to protest the bill.

Wales said that a US only strike could be considered but a global English only Wikipedia blackout might have a greater impact.

He said that a similar Wikipedia strike in Italy had forced the Italian government to back down on a law which would have made editing Wikipedia much more difficult for community members. Wales also informed that he was supposed to attend a meeting at the White House along with heads of other important Internet companies.

"There are obviously many questions about whether the strike should be geotargeted (US-only), etc. (One possible view is that because the law would seriously impact the functioning of Wikipedia for everyone, a global strike of at least the English Wikipedia would put the maximum pressure on the US government.)," Wales wrote.

"At the same time, it's of course a very very big deal to do something like this, it is unprecedented for English Wikipedia," he added.