Hundreds of “black hat” English Wikipedia accounts blocked following investigation

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After weeks of investigation, volunteer editors on English Wikipedia announced today that they blocked 381 user accounts for undisclosed paid advocacy.

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Despite headlines, frequent edits don’t cause inaccuracy

Communications From the archives Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. It didn’t surprise us to learn that articles considered to be controversial are frequently edited.

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Wikipedia is better equipped to deal with systemic bias than traditional publishers

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In 2010, the artists Ditte Ejlerskov and EvaMarie Lindahl contacted Taschen, a book publisher, to point out that out of 97 volumes published in the Basic Art series, only five included women: Tamara de Lempicka, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jeanne-Claude (who shares a volume and a Wikipedia article with her collaborator and husband Christo). Taschen asked the pair about which….

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My life as an autistic Wikipedian

Community From the archives Technology

Two years ago, I discovered that I was on the autism spectrum. As I learned more about myself and the way my brain worked, I started to look at past experiences through the lens of this newly-found aspect. In this essay, I share some of what I’ve learned along the way about my successes, my failures, and many things that confused me in the past, notably in my experiences in the Wikimedia movement.

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ACLU files amended complaint on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation

From the archives Legal Wikimedia v. NSA

On March 10th, the Wikimedia Foundation joined a lawsuit against the NSA over its upstream surveillance program. A hearing is scheduled for late September on the government's recently filed motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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7,473 volumes at 700 pages each: meet Print Wikipedia

Community Events From the archives Wikipedia

Wikipedia has finally been printed! Ever wonder what your favorite Wikipedia article would look like in real life? Well know you can check out the exhibit Print Wikipedia in Denny Gallery (261 Broome Street), New York.

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Securing access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS

Foundation From the archives Legal Technology Wikipedia

The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce that we are implementing HTTPS to encrypt all traffic on Wikimedia sites. With this change, nearly half a billion monthly visitors on Wikipedia and its sister projects will be able to share in the world’s knowledge more securely.

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What we learned from the Inspire campaign to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia

From the archives Gender gap Grantmaking Wikipedia

The Inspire Campaign sought ideas for initiatives to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects. Community members proposed 266 ideas, leading to 16 grant-funded projects. Here's what we learned from this pilot.

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A dark side of comedy: the impact of John Oliver’s ‘fowl’ jokes on Wikipedia

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After John Oliver called on the Internet to vandalize the Wikipedia biographies of US congressional representatives, Wikipedia's volunteer editors cleaned up the vandalism.

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