Webinar invite — COVID-19 and human rights: How to share the facts on Wikipedia

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Next Tuesday, 2 June, you are invited to join the webinar, “COVID-19 and human rights: How to share the facts on Wikipedia,” co-hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation and the United Nations Human Rights Office. 

The webinar will focus on the role Wikipedia is playing as an essential informational resource during the pandemic, and how you can strengthen Wikipedia’s coverage on the human rights dimensions of COVID-19.

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Access to Wikipedia restored in Turkey after more than two and a half years

Today, on Wikipedia’s 19th birthday, the Wikimedia Foundation has received reports that access to Wikipedia in Turkey is actively being restored.* This latest development follows a 26 December 2019 ruling by the Constitutional Court of Turkey that the more than two and a half year block imposed by the Turkish government was unconstitutional. Earlier today, the Turkish Constitutional Court made the full text of that ruling available to the public, and shortly after, we received reports that access was restored to Wikipedia.

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Young editors learn more about each other’s culture through recent Armenian-Indian collaboration

Young editors of Karvachar’s Wikiclub are editing articles on Armenian Wikipedia. Tamara Karvajar, CC BY-SA 4.0

“I’ve always been interested in the cultures of various countries and nations. Indian themed edit-a-ton gave me a chance to get acquainted with an interesting and amazing culture”

Anahit Sahakyan, Alaverdi Wikiclub.

From the 15 to the 30th of October, 2019 an Indian-themed edit-a-ton was organized for Armenian Wikiclubs’ young editors. Then, from November to December, students of SEABA International School (India) wrote about Armenia cuisine, culture, attire, movies and actors.

The edit-a-tons are part of Armenian-Indian collaboration started during Wikimania 2019, between Manavpreet Kaur and Tamara Grigoryan. Kaur is a representative of Punjabi wiki community and educational programs coordinator. Grigoryan is a representative of the Armenian wiki community and coordinator of Karvachar Wikiclub. Jagseer S Sidhu who is currently working at SEABA International School, Lehragaga also joined the initiative with students of his school club.

The main aim of the collaboration is to give an opportunity to Indian students to learn about Armenia and Armenian students to get more knowledge about India. During the edit-a-thons the students not only gained knowledge but also shared it with their communities.

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Wikimedia Space Blog Is Going on Holiday for the End of 2019

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The publishing side of the Wikimedia Space Blog is taking a break over the end-of-the-year holiday season. Drafts can still be submitted, and some pre-planned publication will happen, but new drafts will not be reviewed or scheduled until the new year. We’ll be back the week of 6 January and resume our bi-monthly editorial meetings and regular publishing process.

The Discuss side of Space will continue to be active (and moderated!) over the holiday season. For any urgent requests, please reach out to the Wikimedia Space team at wikimedia-space@wikimedia.org.



Wikimedia Foundation Chief of Community Engagement to leave the Foundation

Hello everyone,

I am writing to let you know that Val D’Costa, Chief Community Engagement Officer, is leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. I also want to share some changes we’re making around how the Foundation organizes staff in the Community Engagement department.

Val joined us last January, bringing nearly three decades of experience launching and growing international initiatives in emerging markets. With the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy as a guide, Val and her team drafted an ambitious new vision for the work of Community Engagement—focused on decentralization of power and resources, safe and welcoming spaces, equitable collaboration, increased language and cultural fluency, dedicated programs for groups such as women and young people, and expansive partnerships in service of free knowledge.

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Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Amanda Keton as General Counsel

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The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Amanda Keton as General Counsel. Amanda brings more than a decade of legal, nonprofit management, and compliance experience to the role. She will join the organization on 7 October.

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Wikipedia’s JavaScript initialisation on a budget

This week saw the conclusion of a project that I’ve been shepherding on and off since September of last year. The goal was for the initialisation of our asynchronous JavaScript pipeline (at the time, 36 kilobytes in size) to fit within a budget of 28 KB – the size of two 14 KB bursts of Internet packets.

In total, the year-long effort is saving 4.3 Terabytes a day of data bandwidth for our users’ page views.

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