Policies on access to knowledge, censorship, copyright, intermediary liability, and privacy directly affect the vibrancy of Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. With thousands of volunteers working towards a common vision, the Wikimedia community is in a unique position to shape public policy to allow people around the world to access, create, share, and remix free knowledge.

  • Access

    Knowledge should be freely accessible by everyone, across every country, language, and device.

  • “Coppia al Gay Pride di Milano” by Giovanni Dall'Orto, freely reusable with attribution.


    Everyone should have the right to share and access knowledge free of government censorship.

  • Copyright

    People don’t just read anymore; they create, share, and remix. Copyright law should evolve to reflect this new reality.

  • “Wikimedia Foundation Servers” by Victor Grigas, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 / cropped.

    Intermediary Liability

    The law should allow internet platforms to stay out of editorial decisions so that people can share and speak freely.

  • “Surveillance Cameras” by Quevaal, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 / cropped.


    Everyone should be free to read and write without governments looking over their shoulders.

  • Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA

    “Awareness that the Government may be watching chills associational and expressive freedoms. And the Government’s unrestrained power to assemble data that reveal private aspects of identity is susceptible to abuse.” — Justice Sonia Sotomayor, US Supreme Court (2012)

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To write and edit a Wikipedia article, Wikipedians need privacy and anonymity to speak their mind so that they can feel safe writing about possibly controversial topics and telling the facts. They need to find public domain or freely licensed media to illustrate articles without the fear of violating copyright. They need fast and affordable access to Wikipedia and other knowledge resources so that they can contribute to improving articles. They also need assurance that their Wikipedia community of editors will have full editorial control without interference from the Wikimedia Foundation. To be productive and effectively collaborate, they need the Wikimedia Foundation to remain a neutral host that cannot be forced by governments or others to delete or alter what people write.

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For an article to be freely shared all over the world, Wikipedia readers need to have fast and reliable access to all of Wikipedia. This means that Wikipedia articles should never be censored. The Wikimedia Foundation should also be able to challenge takedown requests by third parties. And Wikipedia readers need to have privacy when reading Wikipedia articles, so that they can feel safe to feed their intellectual curiosity.  

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Once a Wikipedia article is created, it can be expanded and improved by others' contributions and reuses. Free licenses allow anyone to enrich and edit existing articles where copyright law would not normally allow it. For example, free content like Wikipedia articles can be translated into new languages, shared, and reused by anyone far beyond the Wikimedia projects, without restrictive limitations.

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Wikipedia is never finished. To work towards our goal of collecting the sum of all knowledge, Wikipedians must be an inclusive and diverse community. Diversity in this community requires unfettered access to Wikipedia, in all countries around the globe. Although many people have access to the Wikimedia projects, there are many more who are still not able to join our projects today and others who do not feel safe participating. We need to break down all barriers to accessing and creating knowledge.

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Access to reliable sources is critical to documenting and sharing knowledge. When researching for a Wikipedia article, Wikipedians need access to books, articles, and other resources. They also need uncensored and reliable information to write a neutral Wikipedia article. If researching online, Wikipedians' reading activities need to be private, so that they can research without the fear that their browsing history will later be misinterpreted or used against them.

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