July, 2014

  1. Introducing the new blog: a place for movement news

    Today we’re excited to announce the relaunch of the Wikimedia blog, with a new design and new features intended to make it easier for people to participate in sharing knowledge about the Wikimedia movement. We also hope this relaunch serves as a very public reminder: today is always the day you can–and should!–contribute a blog post.
    The Wikimedia Foundation blog was started in 2008 ... Read more

  2. Official Wikipedia app revamped and now available on iOS and Android

    We’re pleased to announce that, following the successful launch of the revamped Android app in June, today we’ve released the revamped Wikipedia iOS app. Our new official apps are now live on both iOS and Android!... Read more

  3. Doctors and Translators Are Working Together to Bridge Wikipedia’s Medical Language Gap

    Internet users from around the world often turn to Wikipedia to answer questions of all kinds. The information offered there includes medical subjects, especially important in parts of the world where access to medical professionals may be limited.
    However, much of this information has not yet been vetted by the community as “good article” or “featured article,” and is avai... Read more

  4. Wikimedia Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin

  5. Victory for Free and Neutral Knowledge

    This week, the Wikimedia Foundation successfully obtained orders preventing four websites advertising a service of paid editing of articles on Wikipedia from abusing the “Wikipedia” trademark. Undisclosed paid editing has been a hot topic in our movement for the last few years, prompting much community discussion.[1] Over time, we had watched as a cottage industry started to develo... Read more

  6. Free Knowledge Should Be for Everyone: Sign Your Name for Free Access to Wikipedia on Mobile Phones

    Today we are pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation is launching a petition for free access to Wikipedia on mobile phones, accompanied by the short documentary film, Knowledge for Everyone.
    In November 2012, a group of high schoolers from Joe Slovo Park township in South Africa wrote and posted an open letter on Facebook, requesting that mobile carriers in South Africa grant free access... Read more

  7. Africa’s first Regional Conference gathers Wikimedians in Johannesburg

    This past June, Wikimedia South Africa hosted more than 35 Wikimedians in Johannesburg for the first ever Wiki Indaba Regional Conference. All four regions of Africa were represented by at least one country, with West Africa having the lion’s share. For three days we talked about the challenges and possible solutions for initiating Wikipedia editing communities in the continent, in an effort... Read more

  8. Wikimedians in Residence: a journey of discovery

    In April of 2014 I found myself digging deep into analytics in search of possible improvements and insight into what we do as a chapter. What brought me there? One of our most renowned programs, Wikimedians in Residence. […]
    Wikimedia UK has been involved with WiR in the UK with varying degrees of support and supervision. Since the creation of the chapter, we always felt that the program wa... Read more

  9. The First ever Creative Commons event in Telugu: Ten Telugu Books Re-released Under CC

    Telugu is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya) and is the official language of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the Union Territory district of Yanam. In India alone Telugu is spoken by 100 million people and is estimated to have 180 million speakers around the world. The government of India declared Telugu a Classical language in 200... Read more

  10. A look back at Wikimania 2013

    Wikimania is the annual global gathering of Wikimedians. To me, it feels like the United Nations moved to Github. It feels like the future of civilization. You get to meet people who have become empowered by human-computer symbiosis. Like any convention or meetup, Wikimania is also an ode to serendipity – there’s no accurate way to predict or measure what the dynamics or the outcomes o... Read more