Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco 21

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   San Francisco Meetup # 21
  Date: August 24, 2014
  Time: 1-5 pm
  Place: 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105
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We're meeting up with Endalkachew Chala, co-founder of the Zone 9 bloggers to edit about human rights and free speech online, and to improve coverage of a range of topics from politics of Ethiopia to online journalism. Endalkachew is one of a team of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists who started a blog with hopes of fostering an open, public conversation about the future of Ethiopia. In April 2014, six members of the Zone 9 bloggers and three associated journalists were arrested in Addis Ababa and now face extreme charges.

All members of the Zone 9 blogging collective in December 2012

In honor of the Zone 9 bloggers, we are organizing this edit-a-thon to improve coverage of the topics they might cover. All levels of Wikipedia-editing experience are welcome.

Event details[edit]

  • Date: Sunday, August 24
  • Time: 1 - 5 pm PDT
  • Location: Wikimedia Foundation Offices - 149 New Montgomery, San Francisco
  • Event: An edit-a-thon, and solidarity meet-up. Learn more about the Zone9 blogger’s case, how to edit Wikipedia, and collaborate to build knowledge and community.
  • Hashtag: #freezone9bloggers

What to bring[edit]

  • A laptop
  • Ideas for topics or articles you might want to work on (though suggestions will be provided for those just looking to be put to work)
  • Any relevant reference materials you might have
  • A friend – we love to meet new would-be-editors! (you can also bring your spouse, kids, family, etc.)
  • Food or drink to share, if you can (but don't worry if you can't)
  • Or, if you don't have any of the above, just bring yourself!

Todo list[edit]

We can collect potential topics and suggested articles for improvement here. Some topic areas could include the Zone9 Bloggers themselves (although remember to use a Neutral Point of View), Ethiopia, digital security, constitutions, digital journalism ... or feel free to work on an on-going project!


Related WikiProjects[edit]


Ideas for things to do[edit]


feel free to add your name below if you plan to come, or if you'll be joining us online


  • Ethio Telecom - updated with additional references.
  • Zone 9 bloggers - background updated, expanded the history and timeline, added citations, added advocacy
  • Human Rights in Ethiopia - expanded Freedom of the Press, added Freedom of Association and Electronic Communications
  • Internet in Ethiopia - expanded sections on censorship and surveillance
  • FinFisher - added the case of the Ethiopian government's use of FinSpy spyware
  • Befeqadu Hailu - one of the most prominent Zone 9 bloggers, article created