China has always had a stringent policy of internet censorship ever since the rise of the internet in the country. Known as the “Great Firewall”, China blocks access to online services that it deems to be against the interest of the state. These services include popular sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and more. However, despite the country’s censorship policies, tech savvy individuals could still easily get around the “Great Firewall” by simply using a VPN service.
However, it appears that this is about to change as a recent article by Bloomberg reports that China is ordering its telecom carriers to block access to [...]
Jimmy Whales, founder of the hugely successful open source data base Wikipedia, officially announced today that the English branch of the site will go dark on Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The Site will go down for 24 hours at 12AM EST.
Wikipedia had once stated in their SOPA Initiative Post that “The Wikimedia Foundation is going to support whatever action the community decides to take.” The executive decision to shut down the site is clearly an act in support of the voice of the community.
According to Wales, an estimated 25 Million English users visit Wikipedia daily, the outage could spell disaster on their [...]