August, 2017

  1. We need transparency and permissive copyright in NAFTA

    As governments in North America open negotiations for a new trade treaty, the Wikimedia Foundation and other organizations call for a transparent process and adequate protections of user rights and access to knowledge.... Read more

  2. Everything you need to know about photographing the solar eclipse and putting the results on Wikimedia Commons

    How should people document the eclipse to remember it for years to come? How might we think about creating a public photographic record of the eclipse so that people in future years can experience the eclipse? That’s where Wikimedia Commons and long-time editor Juliancolton come in.... Read more

  3. On the front lines in Venezuela and Ukraine, volunteers stand up for a future of free knowledge

    Writing an encyclopedia is no simple task, as any one of the global community of Wikipedia editors would be happy to tell you. Doing so amid an economic crisis or armed conflict, like those in Venezuela or Ukraine, is immeasurably more difficult.... Read more

  4. Felix Nartey named Wikimedian of the Year for 2017

    In a video call from Wikimania in Montreal, Jimmy Wales and Emily Temple-Wood surprised Felix Nartey from Ghana with his selection as the 2017 Wikimedian of the Year.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Foundation releases new transparency report, online and in print

    The newly-issued report covers information about requests we received in the first six months of 2017.... Read more

  6. Honoring our friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

    To honor Bassel Khartabil’s legacy and his lasting impact on the open web, a slate of nonprofits are launching a new fellowship in his name.... Read more

  7. Wikimedians pack their bags and head to Montreal for 13th annual Wikimania

    Hundreds of volunteer Wikimedians and free knowledge leaders gather in the heart of Quebec to celebrate Wikipedia, the Wikimedia projects, and the people who make them possible. As part of the opening ceremony of Wikimania 2017, representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, Mozilla, and the New Palmyra Project announced the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor Basse... Read more

  8. Wikimedia 2030: A draft strategic direction for our movement

    A draft of the Wikimedia movement’s strategic direction is on Meta-Wiki. Everyone is invited to read and discuss!... Read more

  9. “How to write about the entire world from scratch”: Britta Gustafson

    Britta Gustafson started editing Wikipedia very early back in 2001. She made her first edit because “information on a favorite topic was missing,” and carried on with editing Wikipedia for sixteen years to keep bridging knowledge gaps. Currently, she leads workshops to train beginner editors in person and spends zillions of hours online to advocate their contributions from deletion, when mista... Read more

  10. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, May 2017

    Wikipedia can increase local tourism by 9%; predicting article quality with deep learning; recent behavior predicts quality
    With contributions by: Marco Chemello, Federico Leva, Morten Warncke-Wang, and Tilman Bayer... Read more