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The Madeleine Brand Show for January 17, 2012




Free online knowledge site Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours beginning at midnight eastern standard time in protest at draft anti-online piracy legislation before the US Congress, founder Jimmy Wales said Monday on Twitter. The website will join others, like Reddit and Boing Boing, in the protest.
Free online knowledge site Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours beginning at midnight eastern standard time in protest at draft anti-online piracy legislation before the US Congress, founder Jimmy Wales said Monday on Twitter. The website will join others, like Reddit and Boing Boing, in the protest.
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