Andrew Lih is the author of The Wikipedia Revolution, How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. He is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Southern California.
After three days of debate, the Wikipedia community led by Jimmy Wales has decided to voluntarily "black out" English language Wikipedia for 24 hours, starting January 18, midnight US Eastern time (0500 UTC). The move is in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) making their way through the United States Congress. The issue has been a hot topic among the tech sector, but has had limited mainstream media coverage.
The Wikimedia Foundation made this official with a press release summarizing the community decision to "go dark" for 24 hours: