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As Wikipedia turns 20 it aims to reach more readers

Paris - Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday and the collaborative, volunteer-produced internet encyclopedia aims to spend the next 20 years further expanding free access to information.

Turkey lifts ban on Wikipedia

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday lifted a ban on Wikipedia after almost three years. Turkey was the only country in the world apart from China to entirely block access to the online encyclopedia.

Putin calls for Russian alternative to Wikipedia

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called for the creation of a more "reliable" national version of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

WikiTribune fires journalists as part of new direction

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has laid off all of the journalists working on his new media website WikiTribune. This is partly to address public disquiet over big media and 'fake news'.

Amazon donates $1 million to Wikimedia

E-commerce company Amazon has made a large donation of $1 million to the Wikimedia Endowment, the body that funds behind Wikipedia. This reflects the widespread use of the online resource by Amazon.

Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

Madrid - Wikipedia went down in at least three countries Wednesday in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users.

Op-Ed: Can Wiki Tribune save journalism? Maybe it can.

London - Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is appalled by the state of modern news and journalism. He’s not alone, but unlike the media, he’s doing something about it. His new venture Wiki Tribune may just be the new face of news.

Turkey court rejects Wikipedia appeal over blocked access

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday rejected an appeal by the Wikimedia Foundation against the nearly week-long blocking of access in Turkey to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which heightened alarm over freedom of expression in the country.

Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

Access to the global encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey, with those in the the troubled country being unable to access any of the global knowledge-bases web pages.

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over 'terror' claims

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the latest restriction on a popular website to hit Turkish users.

Wikipedia creator fights fake news with volunteer-led journalism

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a news site to oppose the spread of fake news by putting fact-checking and neutrality at the heart of each article. The site will use volunteers to check and edit articles written by professional journalists.

Burger King ad sabotaged

An advert for Burger King was sabotaged by someone altering the Wikipedia page for the hamburger chain. The ad has since been removed, but it caused a period of panic for the burger group across social media.

Uncovering Wikipedia's geographical biases

Like any platform with a social media slant, Wikipedia contains as much 'point of view' as it does 'facts.' A new Internet platform allows the geographical origins and potential biases of contributors to be revealed.

Wikipedia becomes a news provider with substantial app update

Wikipedia has relaunched its Android app with a major design overhaul and a focus on newsworthy and trending articles. The updated app uses concepts from services such as Google Now to show you suggested content.

Wikipedia celebrates its 15th birthday

Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia used by millions worldwide every day, is celebrating its 15th birthday today. Its founder thinks the site can keep progressing though and wants to see the famous name become the "sum of all human knowledge."

Why Apple, Facebook, Twitter, other tech firms protest CISA bill

Washington - A controversial cybersecurity bill that's now being heard in the Senate faces strong opposition from at least 22 of the world's top technology companies amid concerns that it infringes on users' privacy and civil liberties.

Wikipedia under fire for relationship with academic publisher

Wikipedia is drawing criticism from open-access advocates for its relationship with Elsevier, a pay-to-access academic database company.

Wikipedia blocks accounts linked to paid edits

San Francisco - Wikipedia said that it has blocked more than 300 accounts being used by people being paid to create or tweak entries at the communally sourced online encyclopedia.

Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after it edits drugs entry

Moscow - Russia's media watchdog said Tuesday it had lifted a short-lived ban on Russian-language Wikipedia over an entry on a form of cannabis.

Wikipedia bios of UK MP's were enhanced from inside Parliament

London - Investigation finds that Wikipedia entries which detailed controversies involving UK politicians were 'airbrushed' by computers with IP addresses registered to Parliament.

Wikipedia filing lawsuit to NSA challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is to take legal action against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will challenge the government's program of mass surveillance of Internet traffic and suggest that this undermines democracy.

Gamergate sucks in Wikipedia with ban controversy

Wikipedia, the online publicly-editable encyclopedia, has issued a restriction on editing to certain users over alleged harassment and violation of civility while editing the "Gamergate controversy" article.

Wikipedia gives photo copyright to monkey

Nature photographer David J. Slater had his camera taken by a crested black macaque in Indonesia who then snapped "selfies." Slater wants to get royalties for the famous photos but managers say he has no right to payments since the monkey took the pics.

Wikipedia changes rules to deter astroturfing

Wikipedia has had a problem with people putting misleading or false edits on pages for some time. They have now changed the rules so that editors must disclose whether they are being paid.

PR firms agree to abide by Wikipedia rules

Eleven large public relations firms have agreed to clean up the way they interact with Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Some of the companies have been involved in editing pages to favor their clients via pseudonymous accounts.

Op-Ed: Don't just do something different, do the opposite

Radical innovation carries great risks and potentially great rewards. If your current plans and policies are not working then think about doing the opposite.

Wikipedia editors report high numbers of paid-for articles

Wikipedia editors have identified hundreds of user accounts set up to make paid-for entries. This violates the aims and objectives of the online encyclopedia.

Op-Ed: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite upgrade looks OK, but very undersold?

Sydney - The upgraded version of Amazon Kindle paperwhite is designed to eliminate a few of the legacy e-reader problems like battery life and other nuisances. This thing is apparently a lot more potentially useful than you might think at first glance.

Wikipedia to block NSA spies

Founder Jimmy Wales announced that Wikipedia would be introducing security measures to protect site visitors, starting from August 21. This comes as the Guardian revealed that the NSA was also monitoring users who accessed web pages for referencing.

IP within US Senate edited Snowden Wikipedia to read 'traitor'

The description on Edward Snowden's Wikipedia page was edited by an anonymous source within the US Senate to read "American traitor" instead of "American dissident."
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