I once wrote an essay on the possibility of the Internet being one day Switched Off. A disastrous event, most probably a cyber-attack, Presidential announcement or major natural disaster… all possible reasons the Internet could be suspended and switched off, and for many, it’s like asking what they would possibly do without oxygen. The reason I say this, is because I never thought this could really be possible… Companies rely on the Internet for their businesses’ such as eBay, Amazon, Facebook, Wikipedia… And we rely on them continuously, on a day-to-day basis as part of our existence. So what would happen if one of them went down? How would it affect people? I can imagine if Facebook went down, it would be like starting a disaster.
However, this time, it is the extremely popular, well-known and free informative website Wikipedia which has shut down for a period of 24 hours, after the organisation established it would be joining a number of other websites going offline in protest to US anti-piracy laws that are currently being deliberated. Executive Director, Sue Gardner, gave a direct statement on Wikipedia confirming that they would be closing down the English speaking version of Wikipedia for a period of 24 hours in a protest.
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