General, Science and Society

AltWiki - the day Wikipedia went dark


Today, as Wikipedia went dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA, and people all over the world found themself screaming ‘arg, no infomation!’, the Washington Post, Guardian and NPR stepped in to answer people’s questions, via the #altwiki hashtag. And a number of people with access to old-fashioned resources like, well, encyclopaedias.

An interactive visualisation of the #altwiki tweets is available here (I may be tempted to do some analysis after the fact, mmmm tasty spreadsheets), and live streaming is going on below.

Also, for those interested, McSweeney has furbished a list of Important Facts to help get you through this day… (And The Oatmeal’s explanation of why SOPA/PIPA are bad is excellent)