On Portuguese Wikipedia Facebook page, I am receiving lots of messages
asking if Wikipedia Zero is over. One of them stated that they were told by
the internet service provider that WMF has cancelled the program.
Do we have any official statement about it? I learnt that WZ would end this
year, but I am looking for any accurate information in order to reply to
the messages. Is it over for all the providers and countries? Is there
something se should tell to the affected users?
Steward for Wikimedia projects. Administrator at Portuguese Wikipedia and
Sent from mobile. Please, excuse my brevity.
+55 (71) 99707 6409
The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates
Wikipedia, the world’s largest online repository of free knowledge, believe
that the European Union’s proposed copyright directive is a threat to
essential human freedoms. If passed, it would limit free expression, and
cause serious harm to collaboration and diversity online.
Over the last few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has been watching
developments around new proposed copyright laws in Europe very closely.
On June 20, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to
support proposed copyright laws that, if enacted, will significantly limit
the openness of the internet, diminishing the ability of people around the
globe to access knowledge, while stifling innovation and imposing what we
believe will be unreasonable costs on new or smaller websites. We expressed
our opposition to these proposals at the time, and the Wikimedia Foundation
-- along with many in the Wikimedia movement—advocated against them. We now
do so again as we approach July 5th, which will be another critical moment
in the legislative process as the issue comes up for a vote once again.
The Wikimedia Foundation and its projects exist to harness the power of a
free and open web to make knowledge more accessible for everyone. Our
mission to create a world where everyone can share in the sum of human
knowledge requires a web in which all people can freely collaborate to
create and access knowledge.
This flawed EU copyright proposal contradicts that vision.
Instead of truly modernizing copyright for Europe and promoting everyone's
participation in information society, the proposal threatens freedom online
and creates new obstacles to access by imposing new barriers, filters, and
We are committed to remaining a strong advocate and partner for enabling
society’s ability to share and curate knowledge in free and open spaces.
Now is the time to stand up for the free and open internet.
Today we, as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, *unanimously and
strongly*, urge the European Parliament and Council *to oppose* the
proposed directive in its current version and stand on the side of the
people in Europe. Please read the Wikimedia Foundation's statement on EU
and take action at Changecopyright.org <https://changecopyright.org/>.
On behalf of the Board,
Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
Wikimedia Foundation’s Language team is currently working on the second
version of Content Translation - the popular tool that helps you create new
Wikipedia articles by translating from another article. More than 300000
articles have been translated
using this tool already. To give a preview of what to expect in the
improved version of the tool, we would like to invite you for an online
office hour session scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 13:00 UTC.
This will be a showcase and open session to talk about upcoming changes to
Content Translation and ongoing development. You can know more about
Content Translation on the project page
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Content_translation> or you can even watch
a short video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3btQ5fpn4sA>. To track
progress of the new version you can periodically check the updates page
This session is going to be an online discussion over Google
Hangouts/Youtube with a simultaneous IRC conversation. The Youtube
streaming link <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJxOy6quUpQ> will allow you
to both follow the event live and check the recorded session later.
However, due to the limitation of Google Hangouts, only a limited number of
participation slots are available for participating in the discussion.
Hence, do please let us know in advance if you would like to join in the
Hangout. The IRC channel will however be open for interactions during the
Please read below for the event details, including local time, youtube
session link and do let us know if you have any questions.
== Details ==
# Event: Content Translation office hour session
# When: July 4th, 2018 (Wednesday) at 13:00 UTC (check local time
# Where: and on IRC #wikimedia-office (Freenode) and
Recent updates about Content Translation, and Q & A.
Engineering Manager, Language (Contributors)
The next Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting will take
place on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC
channel is #wikimedia-office on https://webchat.freenode.net, and the
meeting will be broadcast as a live YouTube stream. We’ll post the video
recording publicly after the meeting.
During the June 2018 meeting, we will hear about new improvements to maps
on Wikimedia projects and different paths of contribution as an editor on
* Welcome and introduction
* Movement update
* Map improvements 2018
* Understanding workflows for editors
* Questions and discussion
Please review the meeting's Meta-Wiki page for further information about
the meeting and how to participate:
You can also sign up to participate in future meetings on Meta-Wiki:
Due to Wikimania, information about the next metrics & activities meeting
will be coming soon.
Project Coordinator // Communications // Advancement