Hoo-rah for Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, objectivist and all-round nice guy. He’s supporting the decision made freely by the society of contributors and associates of his beloved site, in supporting their 24-hour lock-down of the English-language version of Wikipedia as a protest against the US governments piracy bill that’s being decided upon today:
Imagine a WorldWithout Free Knowledge. For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.
All these attempts to ‘control’ the web and it’s free exchange of ideas and information must be resisted. Piracy is a bad thing, (which could be best minimised by studios adopting the radically different models that they’ve thus far avoided), but letting the government regulate and control the freest and most expansive marketplace of ideas in human history is way worse than piracy, any day of the week.