Thursday, 19 January 2012

How to Access Wikipedia during SOPA Blackout

Wikipedia, Reddit, Wired, Mozilla and about 10,000 other websites blacked out their pages Wednesday, January 18, 2012, to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills.

Mashable revealed a couple of workarounds you can use to access Wikipedia’s content during the blackout. One of the following methods may work for you.

  • Mobile Version. Use the mobile version by accessing it at using your PC or mobile phone.
  • Simple English Version. Link is available at
  • Disabling Javascript in Google Chrome. Using browser Google Chrome, go to Settings – Options - Under the Hood – Content Settings and tick Do not allow any site to handle protocols. Then, go to "Manage Exceptions" and type “” as the hostname pattern and choose "Block" as the "Behavior".
  • Disabling Javascript in Firefox. In Firefox, the option to disable JavaScript is available under Tools – Options – Content.
  • Note that turning JavaScript off completely will alter your web browsing experience. Some images and other applications in a website may not be displayed.

    Most supporters of the anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA bills including the staff of this website, however, weren't happy that Sophos, Mashable and other websites publicized an end-around. But if you think, you badly needed Wikipedia for you research work then you can do one the methods mentioned above.

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