Wikipedia along with some other major websites have decided to openly protest SOPA and PIPA on 16th January 2012, and I’m every bit in favour. The English version of the website will load a black page instead of your article. However, the world doesn’t stop.. the assignments do not stop.. the world definitely needs Wikipedia for that one last minute reference. So what to do?
An alternative would be to use Wikipedia in some other language. But given the quality of articles in other languages, this is not always practical.
Some sites have suggested pressing the Esc key right at the moment you want the loading to stop. If done correctly, you can stop the black page of protest from loading, but you need to be Ninja-quick for this to work flawlessly every time (easier if you are using a dial-up connection). Also think means you cannot start any tab in the background since you’d always have to press Esc to stop it from loading fully.
Lifehacker has a nice article on using Wikipedia offline if you want to ration against any further outages (Oh yea! That’s what I think this is).
So! Happy researching!
Internet Explorer (9):
- Wikipedia blackout over SOPA and PIPA online piracy bills (dailymail.co.uk)
- SOPA blackouts: Wikipedia, Google and Reddit join protest (calgaryherald.com)
- Wikipedia blackout to hit the web in protest against US anti-piracy laws (girlinthearchive.wordpress.com)
- English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout (manonmona.wordpress.com)