Wikipedia Will Keep Its Servers in the U.S.—For Now
Posted on Nov 26, 2013
Should the world’s busiest curator of information relocate its databanks to another country in light of the NSA hacking revelations?
The answer, for now, is no. Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales told Al-Jazeera, “The US remains a jurisdiction for things like freedom of speech, safeguards for internet companies. We would consider it, for sure, but so far we haven’t seen anything that would make us want to leave the US. ... There is a growing sense of concern in Congress about this, a growing sense in Congress that the public is angry about this, that they have been misled and I think we are going to see legislation to change this—at least if I have anything to do with this, I think we will.”
Despite being a nonprofit dedicated to learning, Wikipedia is the sixth-most-trafficked website in the world.
Wales also said of leaker Edward Snowden, “given everything that I know today, he is a hero.” “I think that history will judge him very favourably,” he added.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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