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04 March 2024

Here's how you can escape Wikipedia blackout

By Joseph George

Wikipedia is among the many websites that have been blacked out today protesting against the introduction of online piracy laws in the United States.

Visitors to the popular encyclopedia site’s English version are being greeted with a blacked out screen and a message that reads, “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge”.

“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia,” the message reads with a link to a Wikipedia page on information on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

However for those who are desperate to get information from Wikepedia today, here are some simple steps through which you can access the site.

Type Wikipedia.org in any of the web browsers and press the escape key just before the page redirects you to the blacked out page.

Do it every time you click on a new link and it should be fine.

Meanwhile those using Wikipedia on their mobile devices will continue to have uninterrupted access to the website.

“I just downloaded the Wikipedia app on my tablet today and it is working fine,” said Johnson Samuel, a Dubai resident.