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Wikimania 2021

Wikimania, Wikipedia's annual conference, will be held virtually this year for the first time, after missing last year due to the pandemic. Conference sessions will be held from August 13 through August 17.

Registration is open using Eventbrite. Attendance is free and open to everybody as long as you register. The Friendly space policy will be in effect as usual.

Russian Wikinews tops 1.2 million articles

How did Russian Wikinews get 1.2 million articles – a number that rivals or surpasses the number of articles on the main Chinese Wikipedia? These stories were not all written by bots; they were uploaded from the now closed archive of the once famous liberal Russian broadcaster NTV. The archive was later renamed NEWSru and then closed about two months ago.

Ssr reports that the news stories were written by professional journalists about notable events and are reliably sourced.

Perhaps more important to historians, the archive represents a specific time in Russian history with a type of news coverage that may no longer be possible.

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