Press

  1. Sue Gardner to receive first Knight Innovation Award

    The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to share the news that Sue Gardner will receive the first Knight Innovation Award from the Knight Foundation, in conjunction with City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and its Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. “Sue’s extraordinary vision for Internet freedom and openness has helped guide the rapidly changing world of... Read more

  2. Announcing the search for the Wikimedia Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer

    A few weeks ago, Jay Walsh stepped down as head of Communications for the Wikimedia Foundation. I was sad to see Jay leave — for nearly six years he’s guided WMF communications activities with unerring judgement and poise. He’s been a trusted colleague and a good friend to the movement. Today, we’re announcing an international search for his replacement: a Chief Communicati... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner’s response to paid advocacy editing and sockpuppetry

    Editors on the English Wikipedia are currently investigating allegations of suspicious edits and sockpuppetry (i.e. using online identities for purposes of deception). At this point, as reported, it looks like a number of user accounts — perhaps as many as several hundred — may have been paid to write articles on Wikipedia promoting organizations or products, and have been violating nu... Read more

  4. What’s missing from the media discussions of Wikipedia categories and sexism

    Last week the New York Times published an Op-Ed from author Amanda Filipacchi headlined Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists, in which she criticized Wikipedia for moving some authors from the “American novelists” category into a sub-category called “American women novelists.” Because there is no subcategory for “American male novelists,” Filipacchi saw the change as reflecting... Read more

  5. The Wikidata revolution is here: enabling structured data on Wikipedia

    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. By providing Wikipedia editors with a central venue for their efforts to collect and vet such data, Wikidata leads to a higher level ... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Foundation winner of Knight News Challenge

    We’re very excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation was named a winner in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge for our work to expand and improve Wikimedia mobile projects, particularly for users in developing countries. As mobile technology is increasingly the primary opportunity for billions of people around the world to access the Internet, our m... Read more

  7. Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner named to the Board of Directors at Global Voices

    The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce that Sue Gardner has been named to the Board of Directors at Global Voices. 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. Through various la... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation raises $25 million in record time during 2012 fundraiser

    The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce the successful completion of our ninth annual fundraising campaign in record time. Wikipedia readers donated $25 million and once again affirmed the value of the project by guaranteeing that the online encyclopedia will remain ad-free. Donations help the Wikimedia Foundation maintain server infrastructure, support global projects to increase the number... Read more

  9. Wikimedia Foundation’s Sue Gardner named to World’s Most Powerful Women list by Forbes

    We are very excited to share the news that Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner was named to the Worlds 100 Most Powerful Women list by Forbes Magazine yesterday. Citing her role in transforming the Wikimedia Foundation from a small non-profit into a thriving organization with over 120 employees, a complex technical product roadmap and a consistently rising pool of revenue from a g... Read more

  10. Wikimedia welcomes $3 million gift from the Sloan Foundation

    Today we are very pleased to announce a great gift from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  For the second time since 2008, the Sloan Foundation is providing us with a $3 million, unrestricted grant to support the Wikimedia Foundation in pursuit of its main goals as outlined in our recently published strategic plan. As described by our Executive Director Sue Gardner in today’s press release: &... Read more