I believe EST is five hours behind UTC ---- so 5:00 UTC is midnight here on the east coast, if I have my reasoning right. Midnight, Tuesday going into Wednesday and then 24 hours total.Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18.
The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States —the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate— that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made. Here’s how it’s been described by the three Wikipedia administrators who formally facilitated the community’s discussion.
My hunch is it won't be a complete blackout. My hunch is that the Wikipedia site will explain what is going on.