We’re back in court opposing the NSA’s mass surveillance

Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

On Thursday, 30 May, Wikimedia Foundation lawyers were in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, to watch oral arguments in our ongoing case against the United States government’s mass surveillance practices. As our counsel from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rose to stand before the Judge, we rehearsed in our heads the arguments we knew….

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Wikimedia Foundation announces tenth transparency report

Foundation Legal Transparency report

The Wikimedia Foundation has supported free access to the sum of all knowledge for nearly sixteen 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….

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The European Court of Human Rights affirmed that hyperlinking is protected free expression. Here’s why we’re applauding.

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Two years ago, we wrote about Magyar Jeti Zrt v. Hungary, a case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which dealt with legal liability for hyperlinking—a practice on which the open internet relies and which many internet users engage in a on a daily basis. Last week, the ECHR affirmed an important principle:….

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Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA: Court rules for government on evidentiary issue

Foundation Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

It has been some time since we last provided an update on Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA, our legal challenge to the United States National Security Agency’s “Upstream” mass surveillance practices. As you may recall, after we brought the suit in 2015, the government argued that the Foundation’s claims weren’t “plausible” because the NSA hadn’t admitted….

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Wikimedia releases ninth transparency report

Foundation From the archives Legal 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….

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California Supreme Court upholds critical intermediary liability provision

Foundation From the archives Legal

In a well-reasoned opinion, the California Supreme Court recognized that CDA 230 offers broad protection to sites like Yelp from liability for user-created content.

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Wikimedia releases eighth transparency report

Foundation From the archives Legal Transparency report

Our newly-released transparency report highlights the requests we received in the second half of 2017.

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Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA: Why we’re here and where we’re going

From the archives Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

The Wikimedia Foundation’s mission is to support the communities of readers and contributors who share and consume information on Wikipedia and the other free-knowledge projects. Privacy and anonymity are crucial to the free sharing of knowledge. Mass surveillance erodes our privacy and individualism, and undermines our expressive and associational freedoms.

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Victory at the Fourth Circuit: Court of Appeals allows Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA to proceed

From the archives Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

The decision marks an important victory for the privacy and free expression rights of Wikimedia users.

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Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA update: Hearing at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

From the archives Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

We will continue advocating for the privacy and expression rights of the Wikimedia communities, which enable users to freely create and share knowledge.

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