Wikimedia Foundation Releases New Transparency Report
From the Wikimedia Blog:
Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation receives hundreds of emails and phone calls requesting changes to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and the other Wikimedia projects. A politician may want a friendlier article, for instance, or an entertainer may want a more flattering one. Perhaps a business wants to control what is written about its product. In the last six months, the foundation received 220 such requests—and we didn’t grant a single one, because we believe that our user community should determine the content of the projects.
Transparency and openness are important cornerstones of the Wikimedia movement. One expression of these values is our biannual Transparency Report, in which we provide information about the requests we receive to remove content from the projects or disclose user data. We published our first Transparency Report in August 2014; this most recent update covers July–December 2015.
The report shares data in the following areas:
- Content alteration and takedown requests
- Copyright takedown requests
- Right to be forgotten
- Requests for user data
- Voluntary disclosure
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.