Erik Moeller

  1. Wikipedia Zero and Net Neutrality: Protecting the Internet as a Public Space

    Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment. – Wikimedia Foundation Vision Statement
    In November 2012, a group of students at Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, a poor South African township, launched a petition to South African cell phone providers to provide access to Wikipedia free of charge. The studen... Read more

  2. Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Vice President of Engineering

    Developing and maintaining the code and infrastructure that enable the global Wikimedia volunteer community to contribute to Wikipedia and our other projects is at the heart of the Wikimedia Foundation’s work. In the past 2.5 years, I’ve led our combined Engineering and Product department. We’ve done lots of hiring and grown the department from roughly 35 to 100+ people during that t... Read more

  3. Remembering Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

    Aaron Swartz was found dead in his New York apartment Friday, an apparent suicide. Aaron was a prolific hacker and a free culture activist. He was also a Wikipedian. Today, the Internet community at large is reeling from Aaron’s early death, and Wikimedia is joining in remembering an extraordinary individual. In 2000, as a 13-year-old, he was the youngest finalist in a teen website competition... Read more

  4. 1 million media files uploaded using Upload Wizard

    A year after its release, the Upload Wizard has been used to upload more than 1 million freely licensed media files, and has contributed to an acceleration of growth of the Wikimedia Commons community.... Read more

  5. Download the text of the entire English Wikipedia

    If you’d like to read Wikipedia in an airplane (of the offline variety) or in an area with no or limited connectivity, or install it in a university, or just to have it handy in case of a zombie apocalypse, you can now download a full text copy of the English Wikipedia (from January 2012) in the convenient OpenZIM format, which was specifically developed for sharing wiki content. OpenZIM fi... Read more

  6. October 2011 Coding Challenge winners

    In October 2011, we tried a new experiment in attracting volunteer developers and advertising opportunities to get involved with Wikimedia’s open source codebase. The October 2011 Coding Challenge invited developers to submit projects in three categories: Mobile Wikipedia: Uploading images and other media via your smartphone Slideshows: Showcase Wikipedia’s beautiful multimedia Realti... Read more

  7. Announcing the October 2011 Coding Challenge

    Great programmers drive any successful tech organization, and great programmers can be hard to find.Fortunately, the Wikimedia Foundation has a unique advantage: millions of unique visitors, every single day.It’s Wikipedia’s global impact which has enabled us to mobilize hundreds of thousands of donors every year to support our mission in our annual fundraising campaign. We wanted to f... Read more

  8. Expanded Use of Article Feedback Tool

    Today on English Wikipedia we rolled out the Article Feedback Tool – previously featured on 3,000 English Wikipedia articles – to a larger set of 100,000 articles. This initial expansion is intended to further assess both the tool’s value and its performance characteristics, with an eye to a full deployment on Wikipedia and potentially other projects. Some examples of articles t... Read more

  9. A new way to share pictures, sounds and video

    On April 15, Wikimedia Commons celebrated its 10 millionth media file. A new feature will help to increase that number even faster. The upload wizard, which entered public beta in late November and has been used to upload more than 10,000 files already, is now the default upload tool on Wikimedia Commons. Use it and tell us what you think, as we continue to improve it. Here’s what’s different:... Read more

  10. What’s in a name? In the case of ‘wiki’, lots of things.

    Anyone who’s been watching the news will have heard about Wikileaks by now. Wikipedia shares the generic “wiki-” prefix in its name, but there’s no relation. Occasionally even major news sources like the BBC get this wrong, which can lead to serious confusion, even when it’s quickly fixed. If anyone has a claim to the word “wiki”, it would be the Hawaiian people. In the Hawaiian lang... Read more