n. A drill that simulates a disastrous situation, particularly a shutdown of the internet.
This was only a test—a cross between a role-playing game and a fire drill. The attendees were at Eyebeam, an art and technology space, for a practice Internet apocalypse, or "Practocalypse," intended to teach them what to do if external forces—extreme weather, tyrannical governments—cause our communications systems to fail.
—Joshua Kopstein, “How to survive an internet apocalypse,” The New Yorker, April 12, 2014
In this workshop, Eyebeam will turn into an "Internet Blackout" or "Practocalypse" (Practice Apocalypse), where there is no Internet, just mobile phones and mesh routers. The Guardian Project and Commotion will show participants how to use mesh networking in combination with various mobile and desktop apps to operate in an environment in which, for some reason, intended or unintended, Internet is not available.
—“Eyebeam Square: An Internet Blackout Simulation Event,” Eyebeam, February 22, 2014
2013 (earliest)
Practocalypse shoot at Hackett’s, Olive awaits instruction on charging deep cycle batteries.
—Becky Stern, “Practocalypse shoot at…,” Tumblr, September 28, 2013
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