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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German culture brought closer to Macedonian readers

The year of 2019 marks the 270th anniversary of the birth of foremost German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. For that reason, Shared Knowledge collaborated with the Goethe-Institut in Skopje on an initiative to translate content from German Wikipedia with the goal of bringing the German culture closer to the Macedonian readers. The collaboration resulted in activities split into two projects that were carried out in two phases – the first one at the National and University Library in Skopje from March to June under the name WikiLiga, and the second one at the city libraries of Strumica, Bitola, Veles and Kumanovo from September to December under the name WikiStadtklub.

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An interview with Muhammad Ameen Akbar from Urdu Wikipedia

From railroads to religion, Pakistani Wikipedia editor Muhammad Ameen Akbar works tirelessly to expand the capacity and content on Urdu Wikipedia.

Earlier this year Muhammad Ameen Akbar agreed to answer a series of question about his work in the Wikimedia movement. In the interview Muhammad talks about his motivations, accomplishments, and goals as a volunteer contributor.

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“Wikipedia, women, indigenous languages and ancestral knowledge from the global south in the Colombian context” – second project workshop report

ISUR and Wikimedistas de Colombia hosted a workshop on August 24th and 25th in Maicao, Guajira. This workshop takes place within the framework of the project “Wikipedia, women, indigenous languages, ancestral knowledge from the global south“. In this workshop we met Wayuu women leaders along with members of Fundacion Karisma, Wikimedia Colombia and ISUR.

We have several activities, one entitled “Weaving the network”, in which we talk about roles and objectives individually but also in groups and from communities and organizations. We also had a collective discussion regarding the policies and pillars of contribution to Wikiakuaipa (Wikipedia in Wayuunaiki) among which we found: to have reliable sources as referents; to respect the perception of all the people who participate; verification of the information; nobody is the owner of the truth; and we were wrong but we tried.

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