My review of the WikiCite 2018 conference -- focusing mostly on the Newspapers on Wikipedia campaign. Lots of good stuff going on!

It is surprisingly difficult to find feeds for $REFERENCE of the Day from various Wikimedia projects. I mean, a lot of broken tool links, so lots of movement.

@paulonabike Welcome to Mastodon, glad you're giving it a shot! Takes a little while to get situated, I recommend taking some time to seek out people to follow. (Might look at who I'm following, or anybody else you know, to get started.) Let me know if I can help.

Be the cyberpunk that makes the dystopia better.

#FollowFriday @switchingsocial for constantly great information about freedom-respecting alternatives and stop-gaps to surveillance capitalism as well as great Follow Fridays :)

Here's a short video about the value of having a Wikipedia article about a local newspaper, and how librarians can improve relevant digital literacy efforts.

*Linux Laptop Wiki [Rebooted]*

The aim of the website is to provide a central wiki to post experiences with Linux on the model of laptop / notebook you're using. is an attempt to 'reboot' the abandoned and spammed linlap dot com which is now unusable.

Please consider participating on building a new "HQ" sending in your model / experiences!

Any help appreciated!

don [at]

#Linlap #Linux #laptops #compatibility #info #wiki

From Katherine Maher, director of Wikimedia Foundation, an impressive, accessible, succinct synthesis of many important issues around Wikipedia, implicit bias, relations to traditional media & institutions, and algorithms. Highly recommended.

"GM captured minuted details such as station selection, volume level, and ZIP codes of vehicle owners, and then used the car’s built-in Wi-Fi signal to upload the data to its servers. The goal was to determine the relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy and then turn around and sell the data to advertisers and radio operators."

Response from a Twitter friend on the need to "toot":
(And, way to download or find link to the original GIF? How annoying.)

@maiki Nice to find you here, by the way! Hope all is well with you.

I keep seeing folks talk about #Mastodon like it needs more people to keep it sustainable or something. Where does that logic come from?

I am aware of more people than I will ever need on Mastodon. I don't even look at non-home timelines.

Because there isn't money going to one company, we don't have to worry about it going under.

So, what is the concern?

"Unpacking Wikipedia’s Lessons for Journalism" -- I submitted a 3-part project proposal to the AI Ethics Challenge. Inspired by @mackiwg's advocacy for open philanthropy, here is my proposal, licensed CC-BY 4.0.

I'd be pleased to hear from anybody looking to work in this area.

I'm pleased to join @downes for a chat as part of his E-Learning 3.0 MOOC, to discuss what I've learned about community through my work (primarily, through Wikipedia and WikiProjects). Date and time TBA. Thanks @mackiwg for facilitating the intro!

Stigmergy (n): The effects of one action stimulate the next action, by the same or another agent. Great word describing much of what happens in Wikipedia, where discussion is secondary to interaction. Thank you @Downes for sharing this term with me.

Check out all the newspaper articles people wrote!! Very impressive...I had much less success getting participants in that very conference to edit wiki several years ago. Kudos to Amy, Katie, Bonnie. … cc @mackiwg @cogdog @actualham @Downes

Substantial privacy policy published months prior to commencing publication by The Markup:
"…we don’t sell, barter, give away, rent, or permit anyone outside …to use or access your personally identifiable information (PII) or non-PII." Also, NO COOKIES.

Request for Wikimedia folk with programming skills: We could use a bit of help creating a tool to measure our progress in the Newspapers on Wikipedia project. (& if we can solve it, I think it'd be a nice tool for various other wiki projects.) Take a look?

Looks like the Chinese sites Baidu and Tencent QQ (two of the world's top 10 sites) do not have any "trackers" according to the Ghostery Firefox extension. Surprising...does anybody know anything about use of tracking cookies in China?

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