Press releases/2013

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Wikimedia Foundation announces tenth-annual online fundraising campaign
3 December 2013 The Wikimedia Foundation announced the launch of its tenth-annual year-end fundraising campaign, which brings in the resources needed to keep the Wikimedia projects freely available to everyone around the world in their own language.
Wikimedia Foundation sends cease and desist letter to WikiPR
20 November 2013 The Wikimedia Foundation has sent a cease and desist letter to WikiPR demanding they stop violating Wikipedia's Terms of Use and that they comply with the conditions outlined in a ban from the site by the Wikipedia editing community.
Wikimedia Foundation opens community consultation on new trademark policy
19 November 2013 The Wikimedia Foundation has opened a two-month consultation period with its community of contributors, who are invited to discuss a new Wikimedia trademark policy draft and propose revisions to it.
Myanmar to get access to the world’s knowledge through Wikipedia Zero
7 November 2013 Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced Myanmar as the latest country to be included in their existing agreement to bring Wikipedia Zero to Telenor customers in Asia and Europe.
Airtel joins Wikipedia Zero partnership with pilot in Kenya
24 October 2013 Airtel is partnering with the Wikimedia Foundation to bring free access to Wikipedia to 70 million people in 17 countries. The partnership will introduce innovative ways to access Wikipedia on mobile devices in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a first-of-its-kind pilot initiative to provide free access to Wikipedia via text messages (SMS and USSD).
Statement from Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, in response to paid advocacy editing and sockpuppetry
21 October 2013 Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner denounces paid editing for promotional purposes, or paid advocacy editing, which she calls extremely problematic. Gardner describes it as a "black hat" practice and notes that it violates the core principles that have made Wikipedia so valuable for so many people.
Wikimedia Foundation announces 2013–14 Board of Trustees and elected officers at Wikimania in Hong Kong
8 August 2013 The Wikimedia Foundation today announced recent additions and elected officers for the 2013–14 Board of Trustees. Every year at Wikimania, the annual gathering of Wikimedia contributors from around the world, the Wikimedia Foundation Board appoints its officers for the coming year. This year’s appointments were announced in Hong Kong, where more than 1000 conference attendees came from nearly 90 countries.
Wikimania Hong Kong 2013 press conference announcement
5 August 2013 With Wikimania 2013 coming to Hong Kong this week, August 9–11, this press advisory provides more details about the opening plenary sessions and the press conference on August 9 at 11 a.m.
Aircel partners with Wikimedia Foundation to offer free mobile Wikipedia access through Wikipedia Zero
25 July 2013 Aircel subscribers to be the first in India to have free access to Wikipedia on their mobile phones.
Wikimania 2013 comes to Hong Kong, August 9–11
16 July 2013 Wikimania 2013 is coming to Hong Kong this August 9–11. Wikimania has been, since 2005, the premier annual international gathering of the Wikimedia community, with participation from experts, academics, and Wikimedia enthusiasts.
Ana Toni Announced as New Wikimedia Foundation Board Member
8 July 2013 Ana is currently the CEO for GIP (Public Interest Management), a consultancy firm based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which works for foundations, non-profit organizations and businesses on social and environmental issues.
The Wikimedia Foundation announces search for new Executive Director to lead the Wikimedia movement
22 May 2013 The Wikimedia Foundation has begun a global search for a new Executive Director to lead the organization through its next phase of innovation and growth. The new Executive Director will lead a thriving international organization that operates the number five most-popular web property in the world.
The Wikidata revolution is here: enabling structured data on Wikipedia
25 April 2013 A year after its announcement as the first new Wikimedia project since 2006, Wikidata has now begun to serve the over 280 language versions of Wikipedia as a common source of structured data that can be used in more than 25 million articles of the free encyclopedia.
Axiata partners with the Wikimedia Foundation to offer free mobile Wikipedia access through Wikipedia Zero
18 March 2013 Axiata Group Berhad and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a partnership to offer Wikipedia on mobile devices free of data charges to Axiata customers throughout Asia.
VimpelCom partners with the Wikimedia Foundation to offer free mobile Wikipedia access through Wikipedia Zero
25 January 2013 VimpelCom Ltd. and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a partnership to offer Wikipedia on mobile devices free of data charges to VimpelCom customers.
Wikimedia Foundation named winner of Knight News Challenge
17 January 2013 The Wikimedia Foundation was named a winner in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight News Challenge for its work to expand and improve Wikimedia mobile projects, particularly for users in developing countries.
Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner named to the Board of Directors at Global Voices
16 January 2013 Global Voices is a community of more than 1300 authors and translators in dozens of countries around the world that publishes reports from global citizen journalists, with an emphasis on voices that aren't ordinarily heard in major international media.
Wikimedia Foundation launches Wikivoyage, a free, worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit
15 January 2013 Wikivoyage becomes the 12th official Wikimedia project and debuts on Wikipedia's 12th birthday. Wikivoyage already has approximately 50,000 articles available in nine languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.