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Pandemics and politics: 2020 through the lens of Wikipedia
WIKIPEDIA YEAR IN REVIEW
This is my sixth annual post sharing the list of Wikipedia’s most popular articles of the year, and each year I’ve had to come up with different ways of saying “people really love the latest pop culture.” Then 2020 happened — and, as with most things this year, the list was very different. Instead of….
28 December 2020
By Ed Erhart
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What Wikipedia saw during election week in the U.S., and what we’re doing next
FOUNDATION WIKIPEDIA
Election Day in the United States was a critical moment for the country, with impacts that will extend well beyond one election cycle. For many Americans, it was an anxiety-inducing event. While voters waited — and waited — for the results to come in, Wikipedia editors across the globe stood ready. As one of the….
17 December 2020
By Ryan Merkley
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The majesty of nature (and an abundance of birds) on full display in Wiki Loves Earth 2020
COMMUNITY PHOTO CONTESTS WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
In the volcanic valleys of Russia, a red fox lies alert amongst chossy boulders; in the treetops of Thailand, an owl precariously slumbers; and in the forests of Bangladesh,  a venomous pit viper stalks its prey. As unprecedented as 2020 has been, this year’s Wiki Loves Earth photography competition presents a stunning view of the….
16 December 2020
By Aubrie Johnson
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Supporting Wikipedia and the environment: The Wikimedia Foundation and Plant Your Change collaborate to plant 400,000 trees
FOUNDATION TECHNOLOGY
Update: Thanks to the generosity of Wikipedia donors, we were able to meet our goal of planting 400,000 trees! If you have not yet given to Wikipedia and are able to, we are grateful for your support. Visit donate.wikimedia.org to make a contribution. Timed with our 2020 end-of-year fundraising campaign on English Wikipedia, the Wikimedia….
7 December 2020
By Wikimedia Foundation
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The world relies on Wikipedia. Wikipedia relies on you.
ADVANCEMENT FOUNDATION
During difficult times, we discover a lot about ourselves. We also find out who our friends are. In 2020, millions of people found a good friend in Wikipedia. Some folks, like me, were stuck at home making sense of a changed world. Others were out there keeping the world running. But all of us could….
30 November 2020
By Pats Pena
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How Wikipedia Is Preparing For The 2020 U.S. Election
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WIKIPEDIA
If the internet is the most important battleground in next week’s U.S. presidential election, then Wikipedia is the Web’s neutral zone. Last month, U.S. federal agencies issued a public service announcementwith a warning that bad actors could use the internet to spread disinformation in an effort to discredit the legitimacy of the voting process. As….
30 October 2020
By Ryan Merkley and Diego Sáez-Trumper
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The World Health Organization and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted information about COVID-19 on Wikipedia
FOUNDATION WIKIMEDIA COMMONS WIKIPEDIA
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 October 2020 — The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, announced today a collaboration to expand the public’s access to the latest and most reliable information about COVID-19. The collaboration will make trusted, public health information available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license at a….
22 October 2020
By Wikimedia Foundation
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Celebrating the people who go above and beyond to build free knowledge: Meet our 2020 Wikimedian of the Year
COMMUNITY
When I first created Wikipedia back in 2001, the internet was a very different place. Only seven percent of people worldwide had a broadband connection, and more people spent time building personal websites than getting their news online. I knew what I wanted to create: a free encyclopedia, written by volunteers, for everyone in the….
15 October 2020
By Jimmy Wales
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Amazon donates $1 million gift to the Wikimedia Endowment to sustain free knowledge
ADVANCEMENT ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION
For the third year in a row, Amazon has renewed its commitment to the Wikimedia Endowment, a permanent fund dedicated to ensuring the long-term future of Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. With this gift, Amazon reinforces the importance of ensuring people everywhere can create and share free knowledge.   With millions of students….
25 September 2020
By Wikimedia Foundation
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China blocks Wikimedia Foundation’s accreditation to World Intellectual Property Organization
FOUNDATION LEGAL
China yesterday blocked the Wikimedia Foundation’s application for observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations (UN) organization that develops international treaties on copyright, IP, trademarks, patents and related issues. As a result of the block, the Foundation’s application for observer status has been suspended and will be reconsidered at a….
24 September 2020
By Wikimedia Foundation
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