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Wikimedia Foundation releases its first transparency report

We are happy to announce the release of the Wikimedia Foundation’s first transparency report. Transparency is a tenet of the Wikimedia movement. Anyone can see how a Wikipedia article is created and how it evolves, and anyone can contribute to the software that runs the Wikimedia projects. The transparency report we share today is in furtherance of our commitment to such openness. [...]

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Victory in Italy: Court rules Wikipedia “a service based on the freedom of the users”

Last week, the Wikimedia community obtained a resounding victory in Italian court. For more than four years, the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Italia [1] had been involved in a lawsuit initiated by Italian politician Antonio Angelucci and his son, Giampaolo. The Angeluccis were seeking €20,000,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation over allegedly defamatory statements appearing on two Italian-language Wikipedia pages.

The Roman Civil Tribunal handed down its ruling [in Italian] on 9 July, 2014 with respect to the Wikimedia Foundation, dismissing the lawsuit and declaring that the Foundation is not legally responsible for content that users freely upload onto the Wikimedia projects. The victory, however, runs deeper than the case at hand. [...]

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"Primer Editatón del Exilio Republicano Español (México) 20" by ProtoplasmaKid, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Recovering the shared history editing Wikipedia in Argentina, Mexico and Spain

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Sinaia vessel to the Mexican port of Veracruz, the Wikimedia chapters in Argentina, Spain and Mexico ran ​​the First Spanish Republican Exile Edit-a-thon of Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource on historical facts, biographies and testimonials related to these events.

The coordination of this event was conducted by the Iberocoop initiative. The event in Mexico City was held at the Space X of Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico. [...]

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<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Translatewiki.net_logo.svg">"Translatewiki.net logo"</a> by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sarang">Sarang</a>, under <a href="">PD ineligible</a>

Translatewiki.net in the Swedish spotlight

Most Swedes have a basic understanding of English, but many of them are far from being fluent. Hence, it is important that different computer programs are localized so that they can also work in Swedish and other languages. This helps people avoid mistakes and makes the users work faster and more efficienttly. But how is this done?

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Making a change to our Terms of Use: Requirements for disclosure

Today, we’re making an important change to our Terms of Use. This change will clarify and strengthen the prohibition against concealing paid editing on all Wikimedia projects. Half a billion people use Wikipedia every month as their source of knowledge. Wikipedia’s community editors work tirelessly at maintaining the accuracy, transparency,…

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Wiki Tour Chile 2014 photo contest in its final stage!

Wikimedia Chile organized the photo contest Wiki Chile Tour 2014 which ran between April 5 and May 4 with a theme centered around Chile’s heritage and identity. The competition focused on photographs of nature, urban landscapes, holiday destinations, typical locations, economic activities, crafts, customs and cuisine that showed the cultural particularities of Chile.

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The Umepedia Challenge has now ended!

The Umepedia Challenge is the latest part of the work done in the QRpedia project Umepedia. The winner will, amongst other things, be able to showcase this on her/his user page. Everybody who takes part in the Challenge and through their efforts helps us once again to show how fantastic…

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“Wiki Learning” to be adopted at Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey

Project leaders Dr. Lourdes Epstein, Leigh Thelmadatter and Dr. Paola Ricaurte. Tec de Monterrey has officially adopted Wiki Learning throughout the school system, working with Wikimedia projects as part of its continuing effort to develop a 21st century pedagogy for the institution. Tec de Monterrey is Mexico’s largest private university…

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"Nepali Wikipedia screenshot" by Ganesh Paudel, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikipedia Zero will accelerate Wikipedia in Nepal

On May 6th mobile operator NCELL announced the launch of Wikipedia Zero in Nepal. Wikipedia Zero is expected to be a very useful service in Nepal, where over 90% of internet users access the internet using their mobile phones. The service will provide Nepalese users in very remote areas access to Wikipedia – free of cost. The local Wikipedia community, Wikipedia Education Program leaders, Wiki Poject Med and all volunteer contributors are excited by the news.

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"Wikimedia Hackathon Zurich 2014 Group Photo" by Chandres, under CC-BY-3.0

Hacker osmosis: Ideas abound at the European Hackathon in Zurich

After an exciting first encounter with the San Francisco-based WMF staff at the May Metrics Meeting where I was introduced as the incoming ED, I had the opportunity this past weekend to meet even more dedicated staff and community members, and learn a little more about what the WMF life is like for our nearly 30% of WMF product and engineering staff that work remotely.

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