Today the Wikimedia Foundation announced that Wikipedia will be shut down for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 11:00 PM Central time. The black-out is in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), two pieces of proposed American legislation tabled in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate respectively.
A handful of University of Alberta classes have introduced Wikipedia to their classrooms as a teaching resource this past semester, despite criticisms about the website’s credibility in educational institutions. The initiative to integrate Wikipedia into classes began in the United States with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Education Program, but has expanded globally to include classes in
Wikimedia Canada is offering $1,000 to post-secondary students willing to edit Wikipedia articles. The scholarship will be awarded for the greatest improvement to a disease-related article on the free online encyclopedia.