1. TTIP and Free Knowledge: how the trade treaty (probably) threatens collaboration on Wikipedia


    Over the past couple of years, the European Union and the United States have been negotiating a new trade treaty behind closed doors. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would arguably “liberalize one-third of global trade”—but we can’t be sure, because negotiations are kept secret.... Read more

  2. Let’s take Wikipedia to the Moon!

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    Wikimedia Germany is introducing a challenge for the global community of Wikipedia editors: taking Wikipedia on board of a private mission to the Moon, as part of Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary. A community discussion about the challenge has been launched and will be open until June 3, 2016.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia sites will go into read-only mode twice this week

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    We are launching a new data center in Texas, and to do so we will be placing Wikimedia sites into read-only mode for two short periods on 19 and 21 April. Translations of this message are available below or on Meta.... Read more

  4. These editors spent one year writing Charlie Chaplin’s Wikipedia article

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    “I’ll tell you one thing: it’s essential to have a passionate interest in the subject if you’re going to take on an article like this.”... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Highlights, March 2016

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    Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in March 2016: The new alchemy—turning online harassment into Wikipedia articles on women scientists; New completion suggester helps you find what you need on Wikimedia sites; Jimmy Wales tells South by Southwest that community is key to Wikipedia’s future.... Read more

  6. Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz

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    “Men can be a champion for women. I know that, for example, a lot of feminists have said ‘no they can’t,’ that that’s not a good thing, that actually women should be the people championing women’s own causes. But I don’t think that there should be such a division. There should be people arguing for women, right, not just women arguing for women and men arguing for men... Read more

  7. Where do we go from here: the Wikimedia Education Collaborative

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    Wikimedia Education Collab members met in Stockholm to discuss the improvements they had implemented since last summer and set the goals for the upcoming eighteen months.... Read more

  8. 2,200 articles and counting in the Central and Eastern European Wikipedia writing contest

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    Over 2,200 articles about Central and Eastern Europe have already been improved as part of a large and ongoing writing contest.... Read more

  9. He reaches across continents: editing the Urdu Wikipedia from the Czech Republic

    A Czech contributor is helping to build the Urdu Wikipedia, the national language of Pakistan and six states in India.... Read more

  10. News on Wikipedia: Documenting history as it unfolds in Cuba and the US

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    “I think a lot of us feel like we are, in a small way, writing an early draft of history,” one Wikipedia editor says.... Read more