MediaWiki, Platform engineering, Technology
3 Comments on Improving the security of our users on Wikimedia sites
BY Chris Steipp ON April 20th, 2015
Wikimedia Foundation teamed up with iSEC Partners to assess the security of our sites and protect the privacy of our users.
Their engineers developed attacks against the current version of MediaWiki to identify security flaws, in a new report sponsored by the Open Technology Fund.
BY Michelle Paulson and Geoff Brigham ON April 7th, 2015
In the second half of 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation received hundreds of requests from governments, individuals, and organizations to disclose nonpublic user data and remove content from the Wikimedia Projects. Only three requests were granted.
Community, Events, Global, Legal, Technology
BY Yana Welinder ON June 5th, 2014
Graphic designed for the Snowden anniversary. On June 5, 2013, the Guardian confirmed that the US National Security Agency collected communication records of millions of individuals — indiscriminately and regardless of whether they were the subject of an investigation. The story revealed the first of a series of government documents…
Community, Global, Legal, The wikis
5 Comments on Opposing Mass Surveillance on the Internet
BY Yana Welinder ON May 9th, 2014
Surveillance cameras, Quevaal, CC BY-SA 3.0. We are pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation is signing the Necessary and Proportionate Principles on the application of human rights to surveillance. Privacy on the Internet is closely connected to our mission to disseminate free knowledge. We strive to provide a platform…
BY Michelle Paulson ON May 7th, 2014
4 Comments on What happens when someone asks us for your information?
BY Michelle Paulson ON April 25th, 2014
Wikimedia projects are created by the contribution and collaboration of users all over the world. As we work towards our goal of providing free and educational content globally, we here at the Wikimedia Foundation (“WMF”) understand that we must strive to protect user privacy (and sometimes anonymity), without which Wikimedia…
4 Comments on Handling our user data – an appeal and a response
BY Carlos Monterrey ON December 24th, 2013
(Today we are posting an English translation of a blog post from German Wikipedians outlining concerns about the handling of Wikipedia user data, or metadata. Above that post you will find the Foundation’s response to those concerns). Response to user appeal In June this year, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) started…
Deployments, MediaWiki, Technology
4 Comments on Tor configuration changes, and IP block exemption rollout
BY Andrew Garrett ON April 24th, 2009
Hi all, Just a quick note to let everybody know that in a few days I’ll be changing the TorBlock configuration to require explicit block exemption rather than merely being logged in. While we would rather this weren’t necessary, it seems that the edits coming through tor are mostly unconstructive;…
22 Comments on Wikimedia Foundation opting out of Phorm
BY Brion Vibber ON April 16th, 2009
After some internal discussion on whether opting out of the Phorm user-profiling system in the UK would legitimize it, we’re going ahead and requesting an opt-out for all the domains under the Wikimedia Foundation’s control: Subject: Phorm opt-out for Wikipedia.org and related domains Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:28:11 -0700…