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New York Times:
Turkey lifted a two-and-a-half year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access after the country's top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional   —  The country's top court had ruled that the move was unconstitutional.  —  The Turkish government lifted a two-and-a-half-year ban …
Jan 16, 2020, 9:05 AMIn context
Amanda Keton / Wikimedia Foundation:
Wikimedia says India's proposed intermediary liability rules will impact Wikipedia and limit access to information online, urges government to redraft rules   —  The Wikimedia Foundation is deeply concerned about new proposed changes to India's intermediary liability rules …
Dec 27, 2019, 2:30 AMIn context
Associated Press:
Turkey's top court rules that a two-year ban on Wikipedia violates freedom of expression; it remains unclear when access to the site will be restored   —  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government's two-year ban …
Dec 26, 2019, 8:35 AMIn context
Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post:
A profile of Baidu Bake, an encyclopedia with 16 times more Chinese entries than Wikipedia, written by 6.9M+ users comprising about 340 core contributors   —  Transition from hard format encyclopaedias to open-source encyclopaedias has raised some quality-of-information issues though …
Nov 20, 2019, 3:15 PMIn context
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Jimmy Wales' WikiTribune, which launched as a crowdfunded news site in 2017, relaunches as WT:Social, a donor-funded social networking and “news sharing” site   —  Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a rival to Facebook and Twitter that he hopes will combat “clickbait” and misleading headlines.
Nov 16, 2019, 12:30 AMIn context
Klint Finley / Wired:
Wikipedia partners with The Internet Archive to turn book citations into links to two-page previews, using Archive's scanned-in books as sources for ~130K links   —  The operator of the Wayback Machine allows Wikipedia's users to check citations from books as well as the web.
Nov 3, 2019, 11:30 PMIn context
Carl Miller / BBC:
Taiwanese Wikipedia editors, who suspect the Chinese government is behind edits made to politically sensitive articles, are facing attacks and death threats   —  Ask Google or Siri: “What is Taiwan?”  —  “A state”, they will answer, “in East Asia”.  —  But earlier in September …
Oct 7, 2019, 8:30 AMIn context
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
How Famous Birthdays, which has 20M unique monthly users, became Gen Z's Wikipedia for new internet stars and a talent resource for the entertainment industry   —  If you want to know who the biggest TikTok star is right now, who is in Emma Chamberlain's squad, or where Baby Ariel grew up …
Jul 27, 2019, 8:15 PMIn context
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
A look at a dispute among Wikipedia administrators and some on the Wikimedia Foundation board after a prolific, long-serving administrator was banned for a year   —  The once-derided open-source encyclopedia is the closest thing the internet has to an oasis of truth.
Jun 29, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Gretchen McCulloch / Wired:
Archive of Our Own, a database for fanfiction containing nearly 5M contributions, has 350 volunteer “tag wranglers” who sort tags better than any AI is able to   —  One of the nominees for the Hugo Awards this year is Archive of Our Own, a fanfiction archive containing nearly 5 million fanworks …
Jun 16, 2019, 1:40 PMIn context

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