This week, Wikipedia took its English-language site off-line as part of a protest against anti-piracy laws in the United States. If you tried to log on to the site on the 18th Jan, you were greeted by a statement from Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia: "Imagine a world without free knowledge."
This message began to spread through social networking sites and became known as the "blackout". Wikipedia were protesting against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).
I thought this topic was interesting because it directly affects Graphic Design and the course I am on today. What SOPA would result in would be a loss in free public information, from blogs to sites used for inspiration.