Foundation Grantmaking

How impactful are our grants? We’re investigating.

For almost a decade, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Resources team has been funding people and organizations pursuing our vision: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. In the last five years alone, we’ve given out over 35 million US dollars across almost 80 countries. Our efforts….

Community Foundation Research

Understanding workflows of Wikimedia editors

Wikipedia exists because of a vast army of people who work alone and in concert. The amazing work of these volunteer editors in making Wikipedia is a complex world of interactions, processes, and activities. They range across the whole work of donating content, including editing, fixing things, adding media, and many other ways. Collectively, these….

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Foundation Legal

Wikimedia to Senate: Don’t weaken the public domain

In an attempt to harmonize copyrights for the use of sound recordings created before 1972, the U.S. Senate is currently poised to pass a bill which could endanger the preservation and sharing of historical sound recordings online. The Music Modernization Act (MMA), which was passed in the House of Representatives in April and recently received….

Foundation Legal

Wikimedia panelists tackle the future of intermediary liability

When should companies that run websites be required to delete what you post online? At Wikimedia’s 11 July summer legal fellow panel, “The Future of Intermediary Liability,” legal scholars and practitioners discussed the rules for when and how online platforms are held legally responsible for what their users contribute. Under Section 230 of the 1996….

Communications Foundation Research

Wikimedia joins Partnership on AI to promote more equitable use of intelligent systems

The Wikimedia Foundation has joined the Partnership on AI, an organization that brings together academics, researchers, civil society organizations, companies building and utilizing AI technology, and and other groups working to better understand AI’s impacts. The Partnership on AI brings together both commercial and nonprofit organizations to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies.….

Board Foundation From the archives

Wikimedia Foundation announces Tanya Capuano as new Trustee, alongside leadership appointments at 14th annual Wikimania

This week, the Wikimedia Foundation announced a new member and leadership appointments to its Board of Trustees. Tanya Pine Capuano, recently Chief Financial Officer of the digital marketing company G5 in Bend, Oregon, will be the newest member of the Board of Trustees. The Board also appointed María Sefidari as Chair, and Christophe Henner as….

Community Foundation From the archives Wikimania

Wikipedia volunteers and free knowledge leaders gather in Cape Town for the first annual “Wikimania” conference in sub-Saharan Africa

More than 700 attendees from nearly 80 countries gathered today for the start of Wikimania 2018—the annual conference celebrating Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, the Wikimedia free knowledge movement, and the community of volunteers who make them possible. This marks the 14th annual Wikimania, which takes place 18–22 July at the Southern Sun Cape Sun….

Foundation From the archives Legal

Wikimedia releases ninth transparency report

The Wikimedia Foundation has supported free access to the sum of all knowledge for fifteen years. This longstanding vision would not be possible without the dedication of community members who contribute content to the Wikimedia projects. As a global platform for free knowledge, we are sometimes approached by governments and private parties with requests to….

Community Foundation From the archives Offline access

Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation has announced a partnership with Kiwix, the free and open-source software solution that enables offline access to educational content, to expand and improve access to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects globally. This partnership will include a $275,000 contribution to Kiwix to further enhance offline access to Wikipedia in parts of the world….

From the archives Wikimedia Research Newsletter

Wikimedia Research Newsletter, June 2018

Contents “On the Self-similarity of Wikipedia Talks: a Combined Discourse-analytical and Quantitative Approach” “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information” Conferences and events WMF research showcase “Conversations Gone Awry: Detecting Early Signs of Conversational Failure” Case studies in the appropriation of ORES Other recent publications References “On the Self-similarity of Wikipedia Talks: a Combined….