[Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia goes on strike

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 17:34:46 UTC 2012

Is there a "service provider" exemption for entities like Wikimedia in
Russia? Is it possible that making the Russian Wikipedia inaccessible for a
period in order to protest a Russian law might be considered political
activism in Russia? I don't believe the WMF itself has any assets in
Russia, but it seems like that wouldn't prevent the Russian authorities
from taking steps against the Foundation if the Russian Wikipedia community
decides to take steps like this again.

What about other countries? If the Arabic Wikipedia decides to protest laws
in Saudi Arabia or Egypt, or the Chinese Wikipedia against the PRC, etc.,
has anyone at the Foundation evaluated if there are any risks involved or
potential repercussions?

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