1. Wikimedia Foundation and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry co-host privacy event

    Legal Internet Law Policy Foundry privacy event

    A privacy panel earlier this month touched on consumer privacy, the EU-US privacy shield, and “big data,” among other topics.... Read more

  2. Launching the Wikimedia Public Policy site

    Spock Monroe" by Ludovic Bertron, freely licensed under CC-by-2.0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to introduce the new Wikimedia Public Policy site. Public policy is vital for a world where everyone can freely access, share, create, and remix knowledge.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Highlights, June 2015

    See story for photo credits.

    Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in May 2015: A Wikipedian’s quest to improve an article; Secure access to Wikimedia sites with HTTPS; Print Wikipedia from Michael Mandiberg; A Wikipedian’s recommended Wikipedia articles; How English Wikipedia covered Caitlyn Jenner’s transition; And fighting link rot with Geoffery Bilder.... Read more

  4. Improving the security of our users on Wikimedia sites

    Image by Woodennature, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    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.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Foundation releases latest transparency report

    Photo by Booksworm, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

    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.... Read more

  6. Global Action Against Mass Surveillance on the Anniversary of the Snowden Revelations

    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 leaked by Edward Snowden. Today, one year later, individuals an... Read more

  7. Opposing Mass Surveillance on the Internet

    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.[1] We strive to provide a platform for users from all over the world to exercise their free expressio... Read more

  8. Launching a Privacy Policy Built the Wiki Way

    We are happy to announce that on April 25, 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved a new privacy policy. The new privacy policy explains how we collect, use and manage the information of over twenty million registered users and 490 million monthly unique visitors to the Wikimedia projects. But the policy wouldn’t have been possible without support from users like y... Read more

  9. What happens when someone asks us for your information?

    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 projects would not be where they are today. We also understa... Read more

  10. Handling our user data – an appeal and a response

    (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 to solicit community input on our privacy policy, and since September we have b... Read more