One of the world’s most popular sites just turned on mobile editing. Good timing, because Wikipedia just recently hit three billion monthly pages views on smartphones and tablets — 15 percent of all traffic to the global information warehouse.
Encyclopedia-of-everything Wikipedia has launched a new Nearby page for the web and mobile devices that shows information about locales that are close to you. But Wikipedia wants something in return for helping you find cool new things.
Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner will step down in six months, she announced in a blog post Wednesday.
“We’re letting people program Wikipedia unsupervised,” Harihareswara wrote. ” Anyone can write a chunk of code to be included in an article that will be seen by millions of people, often without much review.”
Jimmy Wales sat down with VentureBeat to chat about his concern about censorship and state-sponsored attacks.
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Information may want to be free, but the organization behind Wikipedia wants knowledge to be free too. So Wikimedia has formed a partnership with the world’s sixth-largest telecom, VimpelCom, to deliver Wikipedia mobile sites for free to developing countries.
Wikivoyage officially launched today, a global, community-generated, non-commercial travel guide.
A look at the most viewed articles on Wikipedia in 2012, broken down by language.
The Wikimedia Foundation completes its ninth annual fundraising campaign in just 9 days.
Wikia is raising $11 million to support its growing network of pop culture wikis.
A Giving Tuesday round up of investors giving their money to technology companies.
Social network Quora made some interesting additions to its service today in an attempt to become the Internet’s go-to place for detailed information about any topic.
Wikipedia is launching another massive photo contest to boost the number of free photos visible in WikiMedia Commons and available for illustrating Wikipedia stories.
The contest is Wiki Loves Monuments 2012, and is focused on photos of historic sites around the world.
The British government wants to open up and get the public more involved in policy-making, and it is bringing on Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as an unpaid advisor on the initiative.
The founder of Russia’s largest social network proclaimed his love and support for Wikipedia today by promising to donate $1 million to the not-for-profit organization while onstage at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich.
You’re likely a little sick of hearing about SOPA by now. I know I’m sure as hell tired of writing about it. But yesterday, everyone from Google to Wikipedia protested the highly controversial bill, commonly resulting in a blackout of sites frequented daily by millions of users all around the world. It doesn’t matter how big of a rock you live under; if you didn’t know about SOPA before, you know about it now. I spent an hour last night in my bedroom talking about SOPA to Fiorello LaGuardia and he’s been dead for sixty years.
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Update: Google said that 4.5 million people have added their signatures to the SOPA/PIPA petition since this morning. Mark Zuckerberg also threw his hat in the ring, Silicon Alley had a rad protest and a bunch of legislators who sponsored these bills withdrew their support. The internet is really flexing its political muscle.
After announcing yesterday that Wikipedia will join other websites in a January 18 blackout to protest the SOPA piracy bill, founder Jimmy Wales has explained his reasoning further to fend off criticism.
After hinting at a site-wide blackout to combat the SOPA anti-piracy bill, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales confirmed today that the English version of the free encyclopedia will go offline on Wednesday, January 18.
Those intriguing fundraiser banners have finally disappeared from the pages of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.
Domain and hosting site Go Daddy just announced that it no longer supports the recently proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Education must evolve as curriculum changes, and new subject information becomes available. But it also must change to adopt the Web and accept that students are using it for just about everything.
Wikipedia, the web’s edit-friendly encyclopedia, is considering drastic action to get the government to back down from passing the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), a bill that opponents consider the equivalent of legalizing web censorship.
Digital education company BenchPrep is taking advantage of free informational content with its newest feature OpenPrep.
User-generated encyclopedia Wikipedia shut down its Italian website yesterday to protest a proposed privacy law drafted by the Italian government, reports The Atlantic.
Qwiki, an online Wikipedia-esque service that displays information and computer-generated voices, images and video, launched an online presentation creation tool for publishers today, at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 conference in San Francisco.