"We keep the servers going … and much more": Recent highlights from our Technology department
Running the servers is only a fraction of the technical and community work that the Wikimedia Foundation's Technology department does every day. Here's who we are, along with a few snapshots of our work.
Wikimedia Foundation funds six Outreachy interns for round 15
Please join us in welcoming six new Outreachy interns to Wikimedia from Brazil, Cameroon, Germany, and India!
Yale Law School and the Wikimedia Foundation create new research initiative to help preserve and protect the free exchange of information online
The Wikimedia Foundation and the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School recently expanded their longstanding collaboration to focus on raising awareness and conducting research related to threats against intermediary liability protections. Those protections are necessary if online platforms are to remain neutral third parties hosting user-generated content.
Wikimedia Foundation joins amicus brief supporting challenge to U.S. immigration and travel restrictions
The recent United States executive order will cause disruption to the global mobility and cooperation that is crucial to the Wikimedia Foundation’s operations.
Hiring a data scientist
We recently needed to backfill a data analyst position at the Wikimedia Foundation. If you’ve hired for this type of position in the past, you know that this is no easy task. Based on our successful hiring process, we’d like to share what we learned, and how we drew on existing resources to synthesize a better approach to interviewing and hiring a new member of our team.
New grants program will fund six community-led projects
Selected from a field of thirteen applications, the projects focus on software, offline outreach, and research.
Wikimedia IEG program will fund fourteen community-led projects
We are excited to announce the successful grantees from round two of the Wikimedia Foundation’s 2015 Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program. Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) provide funding to individuals and small teams to take on projects with potential for online impact and that advance the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission and strategic priorities. These projects can take….
Securing access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS
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.
What we learned from the Inspire campaign to increase gender diversity on Wikimedia
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.
Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program. (..)