A day without Wikipedia, not quite a day
Posted on: 11:40 AM IST Jan 19, 2012
HYDERABAD: Wednesday morning, the city (the world too) woke up to a day without Wikipedia. So whatever questions one had, they had to be shelved for a day because --- the English version of Wikipedia went offline for 24 hours in protest against the provisions of the proposed US anti-piracy laws (Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA as well as the Protect IP Act, or PIPA). Groaned a helpless Abhishek Ponia, a regular Wikipedian, Even though Wikipedia was on just a 24-hour blackout, I felt totally handicapped. I had to get hold of some important information which would be very easy if the blackout wasnt going on. And after a lot of struggle, I eventually gave up. Thats why the blackout was very frustrating. Echoing his views Vaijayanthi Kari, a student, opined, I would describe such a scenario as scary because the amount of dependency that we have on a source like Wikipedia is immense and in the hour of need, if it is not available or accessible, things go for a toss. While a visit to the English version of Wikipedia screen showed a gloomy black screen with words Imagine a world without free knowledge, there were different ways to access the website. And a lot of people from the city did end up accessing Wikipedia. Shared Aamani Kilaru, a business management student, At first I panicked because I had to prepare for an exam and Wikipedia is the best source. But later I figured that the blackout was only for the English version. So I accessed wiki in French and used Google translate! While Aamani used Google translate, Ankit Aggarwal, another management student found out another trick. Ankit recalled, listening to a radio station, I was surprised at the abilities we Indians have. A caller said, Blackout Fail. The reason given was that the ESC key on keyboard opens the link desired on Wiki."