Turkey Can’t Block This Copy of Wikipedia


#TIA – Finally, a story about technological advance that has a happy ending. 

Turkish courts upheld the state ordered ban of Wikipedia on Friday, according to Voice of America. The crowdsourced encyclopedia has been inaccessible in Turkey since the end of April, as The Washington Post reported, since the administration of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared it a threat to national security.

In response, hacktivists have made a copy of Turkish Wikipedia and posted it online using a new way of addressing web content called the InterPlanetary File System, or IPFS. The Turkish government can’t block this copy of Wikipedia because the format uses a slew of open source technology to change the way our browsers retrieve data. It’s a decentralized system, which allows the same set of data to live in multiple places while still enabling browsers to find any one of them with only a single address.

Read more at The Observer