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Internet Blackout!

“The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”

It’s been more than 18 years since John Gilmore offered up his famous explanation of why the Internet is the most powerful tool for free speech ever invented. That’s long enough for an entire generation of Wikipedia-using, Etsy-shopping, Reddit-browsing and Facebook-sharing Internet users to be born, raised and apply to college. But as some members of that generation may discover on Wednesday, when they log on to their favorite website and discover it dark and silent, Gilmore’s insight has rarely been more relevant than it is today.