Legitimacy and efficacy: The blackout of Wikipedia

  • Ayelet Oz Harvard Law School
Keywords: Wikipedia, Governance, Legitimacy


The hallmark of the successful online protest against SOPA was the blackout of Wikipedia for a day. This paper tracks the internal dynamics that led to Wikipedia’s blackout and focuses on the place that legitimacy and authority had in crafting the debate.

Author Biography

Ayelet Oz, Harvard Law School
Ayelet Oz is an S.J.D. student in Harvard Law School, Harvard University.
How to Cite
Oz, A. (2012). Legitimacy and efficacy: The blackout of Wikipedia. First Monday, 17(12). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v17i12.4043