Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How To - Access Wikipedia during BLACKOUT



Although we as an end-user of the internet are the ones who will take the direct hit due to the SOPA and PIPA, there may be a chance that while supportive, you may still need to access the online encyclopedia during this blackout.

The Wikipedia is now completely dark WRT its protest of SOPA and PIPA acts but you can still access the encyclopedia if you actually need to do it.

As per the Wall Street Journal,

While the free encyclopedia is planning to blackout the English version of its site on Wednesday to protest antipiracy legislation, people still will be able to access Wikipedia information via other sources.

The mobile version of Wikipedia, which draws millions of page requests a day, will remain up and running, says Jay Walsh, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia.

Cached versions of Wikipedia web pages, or stored versions of the site, also are likely to be available, he said, depending on the operations of the other Web companies that archive the site.

Internet companies that use an API, or special computer code, to pull in information from Wikipedia also will be able to access that information. Social networking giant Facebook Inc. has been a major user of Wikipedia content to populate some information on its pages, such as this page about sushi, for example.

“We don’t have any control over that nor would we necessarily want to, partially because the information is freely reusable,” Mr. Walsh said.

You can also hit [ESC] before the black-out page loads;


Disable JavaScript in your browser. If you are using Firefox right now, get this nifty little add-on “NoScript”.

Fire up the wiki page, hit NoScript and you are on.

That said, we jointly support the populace’s movement against these acts.


Learn about SOPA here.

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