Press releases/2012

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The Wikimedia Foundation raises $25 million in record time during 2012 Wikipedia fundraiser
27 December 2012 More than 1.2 million Wikipedia readers donated to keep Wikipedia and sister sites ad free and free to all. The Foundation has launched a thank you campaign to showcase the volunteer Wikimedians who make the projects successful.
Winners Announced in World’s Largest Photo Contest, Wiki Loves Monuments
3 December 2012 The international jury selected the top 15 photos from more than 350,000 photos worldwide, including the grand prize winner from New Delhi, India.
The Wikimedia Foundation launches ninth annual fundraiser to support Wikipedia and free knowledge
27 November 2012 The fundraiser brings in the resources needed to keep the Wikimedia projects freely available to everyone around the world in their own language, and guarantees that Wikipedia will never have to rely on advertising.
The Wikimedia Foundation and Saudi Telecom (STC) partner to provide access to Wikipedia free of mobile data charges in the Middle East
14 October 2012 Service available immediately to STC customers in Saudi Arabia via Wikipedia Zero.
Participants in world’s largest photo contest -- Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 -- will upload images under free license for use on Wikipedia.
29 August 2012 U.S. participants join Wikipedians in more than 30 countries to document historic sites, monuments, and cultural heritage.
Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2012-13 Board of Trustees and Elected Officers at Wikimania in Washington DC
12 July 2012 The Wikimedia Foundation today announced recent appointments and elected officers for the 2012-13 Board of Trustees. Every year at Wikimania, the annual gathering of Wikimedia contributors from around the world, the Wikimedia Board appoints its officers for the coming year, and this year’s appointments were announced in Washington, DC.
Wikimania, the global Wikimedia/Wikipedia conference, comes to Washington, DC, July 12-14, 2012
30 May 2012 Wikimania is the premier annual, international gathering of the Wikimedia community, including experts, academics, and enthusiasts whose vision is to empower people around the world through free access to global knowledge.
Telenor and the Wikimedia Foundation partner to offer Wikipedia free to mobile customers in Asia and Southeastern Europe.
28 February 2012 Up to 135 million Telenor customers in Asia and Southeastern Europe with mobile access can access Wikipedia without incurring data charges.
Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation partner to offer Wikipedia in Africa and the Middle East at no extra cost
24 January 2012 More than 70 million Orange customers in Africa and the Middle East (AMEA) with mobile access can access Wikipedia with no data charges.
Statement from the Wikimedia Foundation regarding developments in Washington on SOPA and PIPA
20 January 2012 Comments from Sue Gardner in response to developments in Washington this morning.
Wikipedia blackout affirms overwhelming support for free and open Internet
18 January 2012 Millions “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge” and act to oppose SOPA/PIPA.
English Wikipedia to go dark January 18 in opposition to SOPA/PIPA
16 January 2012 The Wikipedia community has chosen to protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.
Wikimedia Foundation Rings In New Year With Record-breaking Fundraiser
2 January 2012 This year's annual campaign raised a record-breaking USD 20 million from more than one million donors in nearly every country in the world.