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Contributors to the Arabic Wikipedia met for the first ever WikiArabia conference in Monastir, Tunisia. This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community's challenges and opportunities. Photo by Habib M’henni, CC BY-SA 3.0.

First ever WikiArabia conference gathers Wikipedians in Tunisia to connect and share experiences

Wikipedians from around the Arab world met last April for their first regional Wikipedia conference in Monastir, Tunisia.

This report summarizes three days of discussions about their community’s challenges and opportunities — and the future of the free knowledge movement.

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Wikimedians sometimes interact both online and offline -- and these experiences are very different from each other, says anthropologist Lionel Scheepmans. Hackathon photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Wikimania and the differences between online and offline cultures

A Belgian anthropologist observes the differences between online and offline participation in the Wikimedia movement, based on a visit to the Wikimania 2014 conference in London. In this essay, he identifies some of the disparities between the values, ethics and organizational structures of online Wikipedia projects and offline conferences such as Wikimania.

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A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia as part of her community service, working with other students and the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey university (Maria is standing fourth from the left). Photo by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Editing Wikipedia as community service in Mexico

A Mexican student shares her experience editing Wikipedia for her “servicio social” requirement, working with the Wiki Learning team at Tec de Monterrey University. It was more than just an assignment for her: it was an opportunity for personal and professional growth, as well as a way to positively impact her community.

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You can also watch it on YouTube or Vimeo. Video by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

New features on Wikipedia iOS app help readers access, explore, and share knowledge

The new Wikipedia iOS app lets you easily share facts with friends from your iPhone or iPad, along with a range of new features.

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Justice presides with her scale and sword at Frankfurt am Main. Photo by  Roland Meinecke, licensed under a Free Art license.

Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program. (..)

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Hindi Wikipedians met to discuss a conference ('sammelan') in Delhi, to bring together editors dispersed across India. Photo by Hindustanilanguage, free licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Hindi Wiki Sammelan: Bringing together dispersed Wikipedians

A proposal to hold a conference in Delhi, inviting editors from across India to come plan next steps for the Hindi Wikipedia. (…)

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Armenian students participating in WikiCamps divide their time between editing Wikipedia and physical activities. Here they use their bodies to spell out "Wiki Camp". Photo by Beko, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

WikiCamps introduce young Armenians to Wikipedia

Last summer, 135 young adults ages 14-20 learned to edit Wikipedia while attending WikiCamps, a promising new program from Wikimedia Armenia. (…)

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Ukraine Wikipedia Logo 2.0 from Wikimedia Foundation, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Ukrainian Wikipedia celebrates its 11th anniversary

The Ukrainian Wikipedia has grown significantly since it started 11 years ago. In this interview, Wikimedia Ukraine founder Yuri Perohanych discusses how it has changed and the challenges it faces. (…)

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Rena Takiguchi learned about local politics in Togo on Wikipedia. She's pictured here in the courtyard of the Shitennō-ji temple in Osaka, Japan.
"Shitennoji Temple Photo" by Amivi1, under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Thanking Wikipedia editors for covering local politics in Togo: Rena Takiguchi

Rena Takiguchi, a native of Japan, says that she would have been consumed with worry for her friends in Togo, if it were not for the Wikipedia article about the Togolese presidential election in 2010. She learned more about this event on Wikipedia than from other sources. (…)

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Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine for their third annual meeting."Closing ceremony photo" by Ilya, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe meet in Ukraine to plan next steps

Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe met in Ukraine last month. More than 20 different countries were represented in the conference. They discussed new ways to collaborate with each other on a wide range of themes, from education to multimedia, wikicamps — and solutions to the gender gap. (…)

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