June, 2017

  1. It’s time to protect the public domain!

    The public domain is an important pillar of free knowledge, creativity and innovation and an indispensable counterweight to exclusive rights on intellectual property. Yet, unlike exclusive rights, it is not adequately protected.... Read more

  2. Why I was the Visiting Wikimedian at Wikimedia Germany

    David Saroyan is the Project Manager of Wikimedia Armenia. Through Wikimedia Germany’s Visiting Wikimedian program, he helped plan the 2017 Wikimedia Conference, held earlier this year in Berlin.... Read more

  3. Community digest: Egypt Wikimedians encourage Arabic Wikipedia newcomers with a writing contest; news in brief

    By joining the Wikimedia Egypt Prize contest, 30 beginner editors have developed their editing skills and created nearly 500 new articles on the Arabic Wikipedia. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates about Wikidata, education program in the Basque, Wiki Loves Earth and more. ... Read more

  4. Why, after twelve years, I still write about hurricanes and tropical cyclones on Wikipedia

    Andrew Hink was convinced that he would be a meteorologist. Billy Joel changed those plans, but Hink’s interest in weather never disappeared.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, March 2017

    Utopian bubbles: Can Wikipedians create value outside of the capitalist system?
    With contributions by: Dorothy Howard, Simon Razniewski and Tilman Bayer... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA: Why we’re here and where we’re going

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s mission is to support the communities of readers and contributors who share and consume information on Wikipedia and the other free-knowledge projects. Privacy and anonymity are crucial to the free sharing of knowledge. Mass surveillance erodes our privacy and individualism, and undermines our expressive and associational freedoms. ... Read more

  7. Why does Venezuelan photographer Wilfredo Rodríguez donate his work to the world?

    “I think the message is more important than the author,” says Venezuelan photographer Wilfredo Rodríguez, who uses his photographs to show both the beauty and challenges of living in his country. ... Read more

  8. Community digest: ‘Faras in Wikipedia’ project scoops an award in the Sybilla Museum Event of the Year competition; news in brief

    The efforts of Wikimedians in Poland and the staff of the National Museum in Warsaw helped their project Faras in Wikipedia get one of the Sybilla awards. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates from editathons from Italy and Macedonia, Wikimedia Poland annual meeting, Wikimania 2017 and more.... Read more

  9. Writing Wikipedia articles teaches information literacy skills, study finds

    As educators worldwide grapple with how to teach information literacy in the digital age, Wikipedia has emerged as one answer to the post-truth era. New research results confirm that writing Wikipedia articles as a class assignment can be a key part of teaching students critical information literacy skills.... Read more

  10. Discussing fake news and the NSA lawsuit at Yale

    As part of our ongoing affiliation and collaboration with Yale Law School, members of the Foundation’s legal team recently participated in two events focused on the issue of fake news and the Wikimedia v. NSA lawsuit. ... Read more