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Wikipedia will continue blackouts to protect the Internet

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, has said that he will be willing to ‘’turn off’’ the website again in future to protect the Internet from policies that will affect everyday users.

Following a 24 hour blackout of the site in January to protest against U.S anti piracy legislation, the Russian site was shut down in protest at a proposal from the government to block websites without a court order.

“It at least puts governments on notice that the Internet community cares about these things, and they care enough to actually do something about it,” Wales said.

Aware that getting into a political row would not be ideal for the site, Wales insists that he will make a stand if they interfere with his and ‘everyday’ people’s work online.