How to Access Wikipedia During the SOPA Blackout
SOPA and PIPA are two terrible internet censorship bills that are dangerously close to passage in the USA, and Wikipedia has blacked out their web site in protest.
…but what if you really need to use Wikipedia today? What if you’re a student and your paper was due yesterday and you need to do research? What if you just want to go on a Wikipedia binge?
There are several methods to use and access Wikipedia during the SOPA blackout:
- Use Mac OS X’s built-in Dictionary app
- Open Safari Preferences
- Click on “Advanced” and check the box next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”
- Load Wikipedia and browse as usual
For Google Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome’s Preferences
- Click on “Under the Hood” and then “Content Settings”
- Type “en.wikipedia.org” into the box and pull down the contextual menu, selecting “Block”
- Load Wikipedia as usual
Mac only: Use Dictionary App
Open Dictionary.app, found in /Applications/ folder, and you can use Wikipedia freely. Thanks for pointing this out Karl!
There’s a simple solution for people who speak more than one language. Just use Wikipedia in another language.
The technical term for a person who is not bilingual is “American.” (grin)
This blackout is absolutely ridiculous. Unbelievable stupid action from Wikipedia to switch their website to black.
“Remember to […] join the fight against SOPA to stop internet censorship.”
Never. It’s about time they start fighting against piracy. SOPA should have been introduced 15 years ago. It’s unbelievable they have waited for so long to introduce some laws to stop online piracy.
What a weasel post this is. That first sentence does NOT make it right.
Taking a stand and making a moral choice is rarely convenient. People in non-democratic countries give their lives to defend their rights – and yet here under the protection of democracy people are so self-entitled and needy that they have to undermine a protest to suit their small-minded self-interest. Wikipedia will be gone for only 24 hours – is there anything so vital that it can’t wait that long?
This sort of pat on the back “cleverness” plays right into the hands of the SOPA advocates – it backs up their argument that people on the Internet will do anything to overcome a limitation, whether it be legitimate or not.
I am disgusted – OSXDaily should be better than this.
some people work, some people have classes to attend to – information is vital to them. they understand and even support the open-knowledge defense – but they can’t go on without wikipedia.
i myself found the protest very interesting and shared it with lots of friends – but i needed to read some couple of articles – it helped me a lot: so i bypassed the protest.
i believe wikipedia’s Head bureau would be proud of this post from OSXdaily: for it supports the usage of free-knowledge, it is smart and it has the spirit that inspired wikipedia itself.
have a nice day.
Go to wikipedia.
Click on ‘learn more’, the ‘SOPA & PIPA – lean more’ article appears.
With that, in the upper right hand corner is the search box.
This morning, I went to Wikipedia to see if it truly was blocked, but it came up normally for me.
The Wikipedia app for my iPod works just fine, as well.
Simply use this scriptlet:
… or you could learn another language (be fast since the incitement of doing so is gone tomorrow).
Do it the french way on: fr.wikipedia.org
make it polish on: pl.wikipedia.org
or if you’re less mainstream choose
danish on: http://www.wikipedia.dk
or even better volapük on vo.wikipedia.org
Sure, and what would we all do if this was actually blacklisted? #stopsopa
You can alos use google translate or the mobile site, as said here http://blog.flikk.in/2012/01/access-wikipedia-despite-blackout.html
Headline news later: Worker productivity in America soars as every time wasting site on the internet protests censorship
I just discovered you can use the Dictionary app and select Wikipedia to circumvent the blackout.
Thanks for pointing this out, post has been updated
Or you can use google cache
easy and sweet google cache! i used it the whole day thru and worked perfectly.
You can also use AdBlocker (Pro) in say Firefox.
Open blockable items. There’s a first cover .jpg then a process.
The one in the middle might not be necessary.
Or you go to the library, open a book and do research there, like they use to do in the olden days ;)
Ah yes, because if SOPA and/or PIPA comes through then that’s what we are heading to. Until they censor books…