[Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia goes on strike

MZMcBride z at mzmcbride.com
Wed Jul 18 04:30:26 UTC 2012

Fred Bauder wrote:
> It remains possible, due to the nature of the Russian government and the
> pressures of the opposition on it, that reading between the lines and
> coming to the conclusion they did was justified. What the Russian
> government might consider extremist and necessary to suppress is sui
> generis.

It remains possible for a lot of people to disrupt access to Wikimedia wikis
(government agencies, ISPs, et al.). Tim's point (as I've read it, at least)
has been that disrupting access ourselves is not the right thing to do. When
there's a credible disruption (like the bans in China), working around those
disruptions to further Wikimedia's aim of spreading free educational content
is a worthwhile endeavor. Purposefully disrupting access to Wikimedia wikis
through blackouts is contrary to Wikimedia's primary aim.


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