Wikipedia will encrypt to fight UK spying

Jimmy Wales says that he'll configure Wikipedia to encrypt all user traffic to undermine the UK government's "Snooper's Charter," which will institute bulk, warrantless Internet spying on the whole nation. (via /.)


  1. While this is nice as a threat to what sounds like an absurd monitoring scheme, I don’t know if it would actually happen. Wikipedia and most of its sister sites are largely self-governed, and would be very unhappy if decisions like this were made without their input. While the opinions of Jimmy Wales are generally respected by Wikipedia’s community, they are not final law.

    Then again, it was that same self-governing community that decided to black out the site for a day against SOPA, so doing something to protest this law might turn out to be popular.

    1. Why? Because this is a great opportunity to make people care and aware of their abuses by government and private entities.
      HTTPS is already “turned on” for Wikipedia, you can already use it if you want. And you could already care for your security if you used EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere. Many do.
      The next step here, is enabling HTTP Strict Transport Security, which informs Web browsers to automatically connect to the site using only a secure connection, even if a plain HTTP link has been clicked. That is the “switch” we’re talking about.
      It should already be there, but the situation can be used to everyone’s advantage, making people know and discuss and criticize.

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