The U.S. government is currently considering to bills that are causing quite a stir — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). According to TechCrunch, “Websites found to offer pirated content, along with the services that they use, could be hidden from US internet users by being delisted on search engines and potentially on DNS servers themselves.”
Many people believe with these bills, we’d be heading down a slippery slope and the legislation could threaten free speech. Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales has decided to send a message by going dark for 24 hours on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia is joining many other websites, such as Reddit, and businesses that are stopping operations for the day in an effort to increase awareness about the two bills.