Accessing Wikipedia on Internet Blackout day


    Accessing Wikipedia on Internet Blackout day


    Wikipedia is blacked out today as a result of the protest against the proposed legislation by the anti-piracy bills of US that will censors the content on web thus eradicating the free and open nature of internet. Read out article on Wikipedia blacking its site. Google is also joining Wikipedia but in a smarter way on its US homepage. Read out article on Google protesting against anti-piracy bills.

    Most of you might be relying on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia to access information on any topic but today as it is Internet Blackout day for the website you might think that you can't access the information. Wikipedia has of course blacked out its site today but still there are other ways to access the information.

    The five easy alternatives are listed out in this article. Take a look at them and choose the one that is apt for you.

    The simplest of all these ways is to adjust a setting in your browser. Wikipedia's blackout implementation makes use of JavaScript and so if you turn off the JavaScript support in your web browser, you can access it.

    In Firefox you can do this by clicking on Tools → Options → Content. Then deselect the JavaScript option in to disable it. In IE, go to Tools → Internet Options → Security and then select the Internet option and Custom level option. Disable the Active Scripting option in the scripting section. In Chrome, you have to go to Settings → Options → Under the hood → Content Settings under Privacy and then choose the do not allow the JavaScript option.

    But this action of disabling the JavaScript on browser may not allow you to access several; features in many websites and so do not forget to turn it on again.


    Another option is that if you get the Wikipedia article on Google search, click on the Google cache of the page rather than on the main link. This can be done by hovering the mouse over the link and then clicking on the link at the right side.

    The third option is to find the content of English Wikipedia at the and also search on or that will roll out the results from Wikipedia.

    There are also offline solutions to access Wikipedia from phone, browser or desktop. Also Kiwix, an offline reader allows users to access the encyclopedia's content offline.

    Wikipedia can also be accessed by means of mobile applications that are available in the Android Market so that you can open the site on your smartphone or tablet.


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