Missing Wikipedia? Here’s How You Can Access It

As most Internet users already know, leading Internet companies like Google, Wikipedia, and Craigslist are protesting the SOPA legislation very publicly today, with Wikipedia totally blacked out. But, if you really, really need to access Wikipedia today, they have kindly explained how to come in through the back door:

Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?

Yes. During the blackout, Wikipedia is accessible on mobile devices and smart phones. You can also view Wikipedia normally by disabling JavaScript in your browser, as explained on this Technical FAQ page. Our purpose here isn’t to make it completely impossible for people to read Wikipedia, and it’s okay for you to circumvent the blackout. We just want to make sure you see our message.

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16 Comments on "Missing Wikipedia? Here’s How You Can Access It"

  1. Drinky McGee | Jan 18, 2012 at 9:35 am |

    Does wanting to find out when Don Knotts was born count as an emergency?

  2. I need to find out Ron Jeremy’s birth name. Now that’s an emergency.

  3. Seriously?
    Finding a “work around” is definitely defeating the purpose of the
    black out/protest. Who “Can’t Live” without accessing Wikipedia for one
    day??!! What a selfish, self gratifying, ridiculous society we have
    become. Sheeple, wake the f**k up!! It’s way bigger than you and me.

    • TheRapist | Jan 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm |

      Well that is how you pretend conspiracy’s don’t exist, see the video below this article on the main page “shit conspiracy theorists say”.

  4. Tchoutoye | Jan 18, 2012 at 10:27 am |

    Why isn’t Disinfo joining the campaign?

    • I think its about awareness. I’m not sure there’s a Disinfo reader that doesn’t know all about SOPA. Wiki is another story.

      • DontPanic | Jan 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

        I respectfully disagree…BoingBoing went down and there readers are more than aware of what is going on. I think the point is to actually motivate people to do something about it, rather than just bitching about it…

  5. (to the tune of it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas)

    “It’s beginning to seem a lot like china!”

  6. justagirl | Jan 18, 2012 at 10:51 am |

    i think “the message” is that google and wiki have more geeks on their side.

  7. Baphomet777 | Jan 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

    SittingNow guys is right. If DisInfo is such a counterculture site, why the hell isn’t it blacking out today?, instead of helping mindless idiots get on Wikipedia for one day.


    • Because being counterculture means doing exactly what the biggest websites on the Web are doing.

  8. fake protests suck

  9. Way to blow Disinfo. No, not a typo and yes it rhymes. 

  10. You just have to press esc before it loads the black screen

  11. chinagreenelvis | Jan 19, 2012 at 5:32 am |

    I’m beginning to wonder if we live in such a state of relative indifference and distraction that people actually need to be lied to in order to be motivated. The psychology behind exaggerating a threat, as I have seen happen in various forms over the past decade, is extremely effective.

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