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Wikipedia in Israel
Wikimedia Foundation executive director Lila Tretikov visited Israel and Palestine earlier this month for a number of Wikimedia-related events.
Tretikov was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Wikipedia Academy Israel Conference in Herzliya. The topic of the conference was education, and in an interview there with i24news Tretikov was optimistic about Wikipedia's ability to meet the educational challenges of the future:
Our power is in every human being around the world because people are motivated by their intrinsic motivators, by their desire to contribute, their desire to learn, and their desire to teach, and we have hundreds of thousands of contributors around the world who are participating without us having to pay them.
Tretikov visted a middle school in Hertzliya where students had been assigned the task of contributing information to Wikipedia about their city and local history. She told the Jerusalem Post "In Israel, this is the first country where we see innovation really happening on the scale where it’s a country-wide program, and that’s in primary education."
"Don’t read Wikipedia on me for God’s sake": In an London Evening Standardprofile (June 11) of historian Andrew Roberts, Roberts told the newspaper that "a mutual friend" informed him that his Wikipedia article was being edited by Richard Tomlinson, the MI6 agent who was convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act 1989 for providing his publisher with a seven-page synopsis of the book eventually published about his intelligence career, The Big Breach. Roberts called Tomlinson "a full-scale traitor" and said "He must have a lot of time on his hands that he thinks that it's worthwhile saying that I cling-filmed the lavatories at school, and that was the reason for my expulsion." G.
First Pole on the Wikimedia Foundation board: Radio Polandreports (June 9) on the election of Dariusz Jemielniak to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, the first Pole to serve on the Board (see Signpostcoverage). They report that "The prestigious seven-person team had to date not included anyone from outside the USA and Western Europe." This is true of the current composition of the Board, but previous members have been from outside these areas, including Ting Chen and Bishakha Datta. G.
Wikipedia plagiarist bounces back: Ben Terris of the Washington Postprofiles (June 9) Benny Johnson, the BuzzFeed journalist who was fired after plagiarizing from Wikipedia and other sources (see previous Signpostcoverage). Johnson is now a content director for Independent Journal Review. Gawkeralleges that the profile was a "rehabilitation" of Johnson written by a personal friend, but a Post spokesperson told Gawker that there was no "conflict of interest, such as a personal relationship with the subject of the story". G.