Brown University professor organises Wikipedia edit-a-thon for women

Participants aim increase the representation of women on Wikipedia

Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men.

Thursday, 17 October, 2013, 9:30pm

Wiki reboot: Chinese Wikipedia makes comeback after early censorship

Wiki reboot: Chinese Wikipedia makes comeback after early censorship

When Yuan Mingli posted the first Chinese-language entry on Wikipedia in November 2002, he had no idea that the website was on the verge of becoming a globally influential movement. Yuan, then a 26-year-old postgraduate student at Peking University, only intended to create an online "notebook".

5 Aug 2013 - 10:30am

US digital library set to launch as alternative to Google, Wikipedia

A US$7.2 million cheque written on August 1, 1868 when the United States purchased Alaska. The photograph will be part of the new "digital public library" set to launch this month. Photo: AFP/National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The new “digital public library” set to launch this month aims to provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online.

14 Apr 2013 - 12:38pm

Wikipedia article deleted after French spy agency's 'threats'

Sue Gardner, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. Photo: NYT

The foundation behind Wikipedia has accused the French DCRI domestic intelligence agency of forcing a volunteer to remove an article because it was deemed to contain military secrets.

The article on the free online encyclopedia, created in July 2009, dealt with a military radar station in Puy-de-Dome in south central France.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:45am

Briefs, January 9, 2013

Argentina's Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: AFP

Second inquest returns same Winehouse ruling

9 Jan 2013 - 4:18am

Wikipedia brings Wikimania conference to HK in 2013

Asaf Bartov

The creators of Wikipedia are looking to expand their Asian network of contributors through the annual Wikimania conference, which takes place in Hong Kong next year. But the mainland remains a low priority because of internet censorship.

1 Oct 2012 - 6:51pm

Net can trap students into forgetting how they learn

Since its inception 20years ago, the World Wide Web has revolutionised the way we communicate, work and socialise. Never before has a single invention spread across the globe with such speed and influence - transforming so many people's lives in such a profound way.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Wikipedia edits spruce up Tsang's image

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and two government departments have been caught up in the embarrassing Wikipedia editing storm sweeping the globe.

A search using the Wikiscanner program has revealed Mr Tsang's profile was subjected to extensive favourable editing at the height of his re-election quest from Bank of East Asia offices, where he was running his campaign.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Wikipedia chief says no to censorship

China losing representation since online encyclopaedia barred to mainland users, claims founder

Jimmy Wales, founder of the open-forum internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia, vowed yesterday he would not go down the same path as search engine Google by bowing to pressure from Beijing to censor sensitive articles.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Common knowledge

JEROMY CHAN YU had some trouble with the European names when he was translating an article on the Hapsburg dynasty from English to Chinese. The 19-year-old found help online from some Germans, who suggested he work from the original German names rather than their English versions. 'I don't mind getting help or criticism,' says Chan.

4 May 2006 - 12:00am