1. Jimmy Wales tells South by Southwest that community is key to Wikipedia’s future

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    Wikipedia was represented at SXSW this week with a discussion between Wikimedia Foundation board member Guy Kawasaki and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.... Read more

  2. Katherine Maher appointed as interim executive director for the Wikimedia Foundation

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    Katherine Maher, the chief communications officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, has been chosen as interim executive director of the San Francisco-based nonprofit by its board and executive team.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Foundation details requests to alter or remove content in new Transparency Report

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    The latest Transparency Report covers the time period from July to December 2015, during which we received 220 alteration or takedown requests, none of which were granted. We also received 25 user data requests, only one of which was granted.... Read more

  4. Fairer than Fair: a history of fair use on Wikipedia

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    In recognition of Fair Use Week, which runs from February 22nd–26th, we’ve highlighted how fair use works on the Wikimedia projects, and how those policies were developed and the unique way that the Wikimedia communities develop guidelines to support the values of the free culture movement.... Read more

  5. Leadership transition for the Wikimedia Foundation

    On Thursday, February 25, Lila Tretikov announced she will step down from her role as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Two years ago, the Board tasked me with making changes to serve the next generation and ensure our future.” Lila wrote in her email to staff and community. “We’ve accomplished a lot together, most significantly stemming the loss of our editorial communi... Read more

  6. Appeal filed in Wikimedia v. NSA

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    Today, our attorneys at the ACLU filed the opening brief in our appeal of Wikimedia v. NSA, which challenges the National Security Agency’s “Upstream” mass surveillance practices. Our complaint was dismissed last fall on the grounds of standing, and the newly filed brief details the many reasons why we have the right to bring these claims. We expect the government’s response in March, and ... Read more

  7. Clarity on the future of Wikimedia search

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    Over the past few weeks, the Wikimedia community has engaged in a discussion of the Wikimedia Foundation’s plans for search and discovery on the Wikimedia projects. More recently, there has been confusion in the press and among community members about the Foundation’s plans and intention. Although we’ve participated in those discussions in other places and other ways, we want to clarify ... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation signs on to new amicus brief in support of Twitter

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    The Wikimedia Foundation continues to support Twitter’s fight for transparency. On February 5, 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation joined Automattic, CloudFlare, CREDO Mobile, Mapbox, Medium, Reddit, and Wickr in filing a new amicus brief against the U.S. Department of Justice to permit meaningful reporting of the number of national security requests received by such organizations.... Read more

  9. What TPP missed: Meaningful transparency

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    Lack of transparency plagues trade negotiations, particularly when they have copyright implications, and regularly leaves the public domain in the lurch. Transparency is not just an ideal, it’s a necessary tool for building a more democratic society.... Read more

  10. Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

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    Today, in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of Anne Frank from Wikisource.... Read more