Jimmy Wales

  • Jimmy Wales Blasts Europe’s “Right To Be Forgotten” Ruling As A “Terrible Danger”

    Jimmy Wales Blasts Europe’s “Right To Be Forgotten” Ruling As A “Terrible Danger”

    Court of Justice that requires Google to consider information removal requests from individuals whose data its search engine has indexed. In comments emailed to TechCrunch, Wales described the ruling as censorship of knowledge — pure and simple. “In the case of truthful, non-defamatory information obtained legally, I think there is no possibility of any defensible… Read More

  • $50 Android Smartphones Are Disrupting Africa Much Faster Than You Think, Says Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales

    $50 Android Smartphones Are Disrupting Africa Much Faster Than You Think, Says Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales

    What phone does Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have in his pocket? An unlocked Android-powered 3G smartphone, made by Huawei – which was selling for $85 on the streets of Kenya last year and now goes for $50. Hundreds of thousands have been bought in Africa — and Wales believes the pace of smartphone adoption on the continent is changing its digital landscape much faster than… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales On British Government Snooping: “Technologically Incompetent”

    Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales On British Government Snooping: “Technologically Incompetent”

    Don’t mess with Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia when it comes to Internet freedom, because he will use harsh words to lash out at you. Today, according to the BBC, Wales had some choice words for the British government and their snooping practices on citizens. Basically, he called them “technologically incompetent.” Yikes. A quick bit of background here, the British government… Read More

  • A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

    A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

    So we meet again Wales … Yes I know, another holiday season, another reason to poke fun at your silly, scopophobia-inducing banner ads belying the very noble cause of raisingĀ $29.5 million for an unlimited supply of constantly updated knowledge — FOR WHICH WE ARE ALL VERY THANKFUL JIMMY, I PROMISE. Read More

  • Please Read: A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

    Please Read: A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Hunter Walk who spends way too much time researching 1980s hair metal bands on Wikipedia. His obsession with Wikipedia is unrelated to his day job leading the consumer product team at YouTube. Wikipedia is the world’s 5th largest website, runs no ads and, depressingly, seems to be perpetually on the fringe of solvency. Google for… Read More

  • Chrome Extension Lets You Just Add Jimmy Wales

    Chrome Extension Lets You Just Add Jimmy Wales

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, Christmas has come early again this year with the release of Jimmy Wales’ annual appeal for Wikimedia Foundation donations. Wales’ ubiquitous banner ad is now in its seventh year now and the company is shooting for $16 million dollars to keep their collaborative encyclopedia afloat ad free. Read More

  • Jimmy Wales on Charlie Rose

    Jimmy Wales: "If I Had Some Information, The Last Thing I Would Do Is Send It To Wikileaks"

    There is definitely some bad blood between Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Wikileaks, the controversial organization which posted thousands of pages of classified Iraqi War documents. On the Charlie Rose Show last night, towards the end of his interview, Wales says, “If I had some information, the last thing I would ever do with it is send it to Wiikileaks.” He prefaced that… Read More

  • Jimmy Wales: Fox News Is Wrong, No Shake Up

    Jimmy Wales: Fox News Is Wrong, No Shake Up

    Contrary to several reports, Wikipedia’s Founder Jimmy Wales is not relinquishing his editorial control of Wikipedia and its related projects. On Friday, Fox News reported that “a shakeup is underway at the top levels of Wikipedia…Wales is no longer able to delete files, remove administrators, assign projects or edit any content, sources say. Essentially, they say, he has… Read More

  • Wikipedia bossman Jimmy Wales splits with lady-friend on her bio page?

    Wikipedia bossman Jimmy Wales splits with lady-friend on her bio page?


    I don’t think it’s actually as salacious as it sounds — it’s not as if he just vandalized her Wikipedia page with “ITZ OVER” or something. It’s more like, in response to some allegations of conflict of interest, he declined to help edit her bio page on the grounds that they “had” a “brief relationship.” His statement is now… Read More

  • Jimbo Wales working to take down Facebook and Google in one swing?

    Jimbo Wales working to take down Facebook and Google in one swing?

    There are a few wars waging on the virtual battlefield of the Internet between all types of services, like that between search engines, or between social networks. Wikipedia has won the battle of open information management, and General Jimmy Wales is ready for his next engagement, which is apparently a dual-front fight against both Google and Facebook. In a meeting of South African… Read More