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The Wikimedia Foundation believes that all people everywhere should be afforded equal access to information. It supports [[:en:Network neutrality|network neutrality]] and the [[:en:Free culture movement|free culture movement]]. It believes in the need to conquer the [[:en:Digital divide|digital divide]], which results in the economic or cultural marginalization of individuals with limited access to technology. It respects the rights of human beings to basic [[:en:Privacy|privacy]] and dignity. The Wikimedia Foundation also believes that the [[:en:Environmentalism|environment]] is important; it strives for [[:en:Sustainable business|sustainable business]] practices.
 
The Wikimedia Foundation believes that all people everywhere should be afforded equal access to information. It supports [[:en:Network neutrality|network neutrality]] and the [[:en:Free culture movement|free culture movement]]. It believes in the need to conquer the [[:en:Digital divide|digital divide]], which results in the economic or cultural marginalization of individuals with limited access to technology. It respects the rights of human beings to basic [[:en:Privacy|privacy]] and dignity. The Wikimedia Foundation also believes that the [[:en:Environmentalism|environment]] is important; it strives for [[:en:Sustainable business|sustainable business]] practices.
   
The Foundation holds that [[:en:Censorship|censorship]] is incompatible with its mission. In recent months, it has reaffirmed its opposition to censorship several times. Most recently, in November 2011, the Wikimedia Foundation took part in [http://americancensorship.org/ American Censorship Day], a protest against [[:en:Stop Online Piracy Act|the United States House of Representative Bill 3261]]. You can read the blog post about it by [[Head of Communications]] [[User:JayWalsh|Jay Walsh]] [http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/11/15/wikimedia-supports-american-censorship-day/ here]. In May 2011, when the [[Board of Trustees]] passed its [[Resolution:Controversial_content|resolution on dealing with controversial content]], it affirmed that "Wikimedia projects are not censored." Curating knowledge for an international community of all ages will certainly mean the display of materials that some may find offensive or upsetting. While supporting the principle that users should be able to choose what content to access and the responsible curating of content to ensure that users may reasonably expect what they might encounter when viewing a page or using a feature, the Board continued in its explicit support of access to information for all. --[[User:Mdennis|Maggie Dennis]] 15:38, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
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The Foundation holds that [[:en:Censorship|censorship]] is incompatible with its mission. In recent months, it has reaffirmed its opposition to censorship several times. Most recently, in November 2011, the Wikimedia Foundation took part in [http://americancensorship.org/ American Censorship Day], a protest against [[:en:Stop Online Piracy Act|the United States House of Representative Bill 3261]]. You can read the blog post about it by [[Head of Communications]] [[User:JayWalsh|Jay Walsh]] [http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/11/15/wikimedia-supports-american-censorship-day/ here]. In May 2011, when the [[Board of Trustees]] passed its [[Resolution:Controversial_content|resolution on dealing with controversial content]], it affirmed that "Wikimedia projects are not censored." Curating knowledge for an international community of all ages will certainly mean the display of materials that some may find offensive or upsetting. The Board supported the principle that users should be able to choose what content to access and encouraged the responsible curating of content to ensure that users may reasonably expect what they might encounter when viewing a page or using a feature, but continued in its explicit support of access to information for all. --[[User:Mdennis|Maggie Dennis]] 15:38, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

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