European court decision punches holes in free knowledge

From the archives Legal

A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision is undermining the world’s ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events. The impact on Wikipedia is direct and critical.

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Making a change to our Terms of Use: Requirements for disclosure

From the archives Legal

This change will clarify and strengthen the prohibition against concealing paid editing on all Wikimedia projects.

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Surveillance cameras

Opposing Mass Surveillance on the Internet

Blog transition Community From the archives Legal

We are pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation is signing the Necessary and Proportionate Principles on the application of human rights to surveillance. Privacy on the Internet is closely connected to our mission to disseminate free knowledge.[1] We strive to provide a platform for users from all over the world to exercise their free….

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Launching a Privacy Policy Built the Wiki Way

Board Community From the archives Legal

We are happy to announce that on April 25, 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved a new privacy policy. The new privacy policy explains how we collect, use and manage the information of over twenty million registered users and 490 million monthly unique visitors to the Wikimedia projects. But the policy wouldn’t have been….

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For Rexford Nkansah, Wikipedia represents the future of education for his country

Affiliates Community Education From the archives Wiki Loves Monuments Wikipedia

Despite its growing economy, Ghana is not the first place one would associate with technology, but for 20-year-old native Rexford Nkansah, it’s second nature. “In Ghana you don’t have hobbies like skiing or going to restaurants,” he says. “So these are the little things I do to keep myself busy.” The youngest of five, Rexford….

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Wikipedia Shows the Value of a Vibrant Public Domain

Blog transition From the archives Legal

This post is part of Copyright Week held by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations in January 2014. While more commonly known as New Year’s Day, January 1 is also international Public Domain Day. It celebrates the day when creative works (such as books, images and songs) enter the public domain, which is the collective wealth of….

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Wikimedia Foundation signs letter requesting more transparency from NSA on PRISM

From the archives Legal

A few weeks ago, the Wikimedia Foundation’s legal team published a blog post about the PRISM surveillance program. In particular, we made clear that the Foundation does not participate in PRISM, and that we wanted Wikimedia community feedback on what next steps you felt we should take. This post is an update for the broader….

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Ten years of supporting free knowledge

Foundation From the archives temp

Ten years ago today, on June 20, 2003, Jimmy Wales announced the founding of the Wikimedia Foundation. He entrusted the new nonprofit with the operation of Wikipedia, launched two and a half years prior.

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Seven years after Nature, pilot study compares Wikipedia favorably to other encyclopedias in three languages

From the archives Research

Improving the quality of articles has long been one of the primary aims of contributors to Wikipedia, and is one of the Wikimedia movement’s 2010-15 strategic priorities, but measuring it objectively has remained a challenge

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Wikipedia’s community calls for anti-SOPA blackout January 18

Community Foundation From the archives Wikipedia

Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States —the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House….

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