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 students used Wikipedia for homework and research, but the data charges were almost prohibitive. In February 2014, MTN South Africa responded, making Wikipedia free for their subscribers. This was done under the umbrella of a Wikimedia Foundation program known as Wikipedia Zero. […]

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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