Remember what it was like, way back in 2000?
Take a trip back in time beginning 12 a.m. Wednesday morning, when Wikipedia's English-language site and a host of other websites will black out for 12 to 24 hours in protest of two pending bills that advocates of Internet openness say will promote censorship.
The blackout was organized by several groups, including the nonprofit Fight for the Future, which supports freedom of expression on the Internet.
Sponsors of the two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Internet Property Act (PIPA) have said that they are aimed at protecting revenues that can be hard to keep a firm grasp on in the age of digital file sharing.
A host of Internet bigwigs plan to show support for the protests without blocking access to their sites, including Mozilla, with this Protect the Internet page, and Google, which told CNet that it plans to “highlight this issue on our U.S. homepage.”
As written, we cannot support the bills. We believe an open Internet is critical for innovation, job creation, and the sustained growth of Internet businesses. We are in the process of working directly with lawmakers to improve the bills.
While Wikipedia may be a good starting point to find primary source documents for research, in Howard County, we’re lucky to have another resource, the Howard County Library System.
“The instructors and research specialists are always available to assist customers with research assistance for school projects, business needs or other needs,” Director of Public Relations Christie Lassen wrote in an email.
Like Wikipedia, you can access information online, including specialized databases and periodicals
Unlike Wikipedia, librarians and research specialists are also available on the phone, via email and in person.
Capital News Service contributed to this article.