Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Wikipedia Blackout: An #altwiki Band-Aid

When Wikipedia goes dark on Wednesday, The Washington Post is joining several other media organizations, including the Guardian and NPR, to encourage a one-day crowdsourcing solution for those left searching for answers: #altwiki.

That’s basically it.  Ask a question on Twitter with the hashtag #altwiki, and we’ll ask our readers to help provide an answer. We’ll answer a few ourselves — and likely blog about that tomorrow.

While we’re not in the Wikipedia business, this is an experimental, one-day Band-Aid to help out readers during the protest of proposed Internet rules by Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing and several other online organizatons.

Here’s a nice wrapup of issues around the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act. And here’s a whimsical guide for five ways to survive the Wikipedia blackout.

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Tags:  National, Wikipedia, SOPA, PIPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, Protect IP Act

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