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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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"5th WEP conf Cairo cropped" by Mohamed Ouda, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Egyptian students made the most contributions to the Arabic Wikipedia in 2014

Over the last five academic terms, 978 students from the Arab World added more than 42.6 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia, as part of the Wikipedia Education Program. The highest contributions ever in one term came from the Egyptian students in Spring/Summer 2014, with more than 12.38 million bytes of new Arabic content. (…)

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"Wikimedia Sverige - årsmöte 2009 Karl Sigfrid" by Hannibal, under public domain

Interview: Former Swedish Member of Parliament now lobbies for Wikimedia Sverige in Brussels

Swedish politician Karl Sigfrid discusses his lobbying work for digital rights and Wikimedia in the European Union. Sigfrid was a Member of Parliament (the Riksdag) in Sweden for the Moderate Party from 2006 to 2014. He now works as a volunteer for Wikimedia Sverige in Brussels […]

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"Persian Language Location Map1" by  Mani1  , public domain.

Global Impact: The Wikipedia Library and Persian Wikipedia

Last month, the Wikipedia Library announced another round of digital resource access partnerships to the Wikimedia community. These partnerships allow experienced editors in the community and from all around the globe to access research materials behind a paywall in order to advance our goal of creating and sharing a summary of all human knowledge.

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Three Questions and Three Answers as Food for Thought About the Future of Wikipedia

This is an opinion piece by Amos Meron of Wikimedia Israel. All views are the author’s own; discussion is welcome in the comment section of this blog post. What should Wikipedia (also) be? Wikipedia prides itself of being the encyclopedia of the 21st century. Except that in the 21st century…

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