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post Nov 19 2011, 10:46 AM, updated 11y ago

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin gives $500,000 to help Wikipedia

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The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has just received a $500,000 grant from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, an organization started by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki.

The Wikimedia Foundation started its eighth annual fundraising drive this week. It is based in San Francisco and is an audited, 501©(3) charity funded primarily through donations and grants.

“This grant is an important endorsement of the Wikimedia Foundation and its work, and I hope it will send a signal as we kick off our annual fundraising campaign this week,” said Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner in a release today.

“This is how Wikipedia works: people use it, they like it, and so they help pay for it, to keep it freely available for themselves and for everyone around the world. I am very grateful to Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki for supporting what we do.”

According to comScore, Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia Foundation sites see more than 477 million unique visitors each month. Together, the Wikimedia Foundation sites are the fifth largest property on the Internet.

Wikipedia is available in more than 280 languages and contains more than 20 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people.

Still, the Wikimedia Foundation itself is small. “Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff,” writes Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in a pledge drive appeal.

Wales and his staff have chosen to run the site without advertising revenue. “Wikipedia is something special,” he wrote. “It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.”

Wikipedia also made headlines recently when protesters shut down the Italian-language version of the site.

The Wikipedia editors who orchestrated the takedown were protesting a proposed law that would force websites to remove any information identified as defamatory within 48 hours of a complaint and without the option for appeal. In a word, the law would allow the Italian government to censor any website.

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post Nov 19 2011, 10:48 AM

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I gave 10USD

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kanabalize
post Nov 19 2011, 11:09 AM

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if i have billions, i would also give.

Cannot imagine a world without Wikipedia and Google..

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SUSruffaz
post Nov 19 2011, 11:11 AM

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WHY DONT GOOGLE JUST BUY OVER WIKIPEDIA??!?! doh.gif
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post Nov 19 2011, 11:12 AM

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QUOTE(kanabalize @ Nov 19 2011, 11:09 AM)
if i have billions, i would also give.

Cannot imagine a world without Wikipedia and Google..

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just gv rm3.14.. ur donation counts rolleyes.gif
quintessential
post Nov 19 2011, 11:17 AM

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QUOTE(ruffaz @ Nov 19 2011, 12:11 PM)
WHY DONT GOOGLE JUST BUY OVER WIKIPEDIA??!?! doh.gif
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so you dont mind google ads all over wiki pages?
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post Nov 19 2011, 11:18 AM

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QUOTE(quintessential @ Nov 19 2011, 11:17 AM)
so you dont mind google ads all over wiki pages?
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post Nov 19 2011, 11:23 AM

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how much does wikipedia needs anyway? 1 billion?

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