Wikimania was heavily covered in the international press this week (see "In brief", below). One major story that came out of the conference was Jimmy Wales’ statements that he would prefer to have Wikipedia banned entirely in mainland China than censored as it is currently.
The Chinese government's censorship and occasional banning of Wikipedia has meant that Wikipedia is not the dominant online encyclopedia on the mainland; rather, competitors like Baidu Baike and Hudong predominate. Though activists have asked Wikipedia to make the encrypted version the default version of the site, to force Beijing's hand, Wales and the Foundation say that this is not currently technically feasible. Also stating that he opposed any efforts by the Chinese government to force editors to register under real names, Wales concluded that "We don’t approve of filtering, but there is nothing we can do to stop it."
Wikipedia fails to bridge gender gap: The South China Morning Postcovered progress on the gender gap problem in recent years. DNA India also published an article by Netha Hussein on the gender gap.
US cybersurveillance plans will spark legal challenges: Wikipedia pioneer: Wales also discussed cybersecurity and censorship in the context of the United States and Edward Snowden's recent revelations of the extent of American spying programs, in an interview with the South China Morning Post.
Despite blocks, Wikipedia strives for free knowledge in China: SmartPlanetcovered Wikimania in the context of censorship on mainland China, and what many perceive as less filtering in recent years.
Wikipedia's Wales calls Ed Snowden an "American hero": The Wall Street Journal published a video interview with Wales where he discussed Snowden. The interview was also covered in SlashGear and CNN.
Kiwix downloads Wikipedia to your PC, Mac, or Android for offline access: LifeHackercoveredKiwix's abilities. An article also appeared on Ghacks.
Feminists launch model for online learning: Women's eNews published an article on a new DOCC (Distributed Open Collaborative Course) that will include a Wikipedia component aimed at reducing the gender gap and systemic bias.