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  • Wikipedia founder tackles fake news with Wikitribune

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a project aimed at reshaping the news media - and tackling the scourge of misinformation - using the same collaborative principles as the revolutionary online encyclopedia...

    Wikitribune will rely on a broad online community of journalists and readers as fact checkers, a crowdsourcing model pioneered in the “wiki” system behind Wikipedia...

  • Turkey blocks Wikipedia without explanation

    Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog (BTK) said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security...

    an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia...

  • Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over ‘terror’ claims

    Turkey’s Information and Com­munication Tech­nologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia...

    Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups...

  • Traffic to Wikipedia terrorism entries plunged after Snowden revelations, study finds

    SAN FRANCISCO: Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarising knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 per cent after revelations of widespread web monitoring by the US National Security Agency (NSA), suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information...

    Author Jonathon Penney, a fellow at the University of Toronto’s interdisciplinary Citizen Lab, examined monthly...

  • Wikipedia 'protects' Maryam Nawaz's page after vandalism attempts

    The protection level of the Wikipedia page of Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by an accountability court on Friday in the Avenfield properties reference, was changed to semi-protected on Saturday following repeated attempts to vandalise the page...

    Wikipedia then moved to change the status of her page to semi-protected because of violations of its 'biographies of living persons policy'...

  • Court rules Turkey violated freedoms by banning Wikipedia

    ANKARA: Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that a more than two-year block on access to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia in the country is a violation of freedom of expression...

    ” Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organisation that hosts Wikipedia, had applied to Turkey’s highest court to challenge the access block...

  • Turkey lifts three-year ban on Wikipedia

    ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Wednesday lifted a ban on Wikipedia after almost three years...

    Turkish officials said in 2017 that the ban was needed as Wikipedia had failed to remove content accusing its government of assisting terrorist groups...

  • Wikipedia breaks five-year record with high traffic in pandemic

    KARACHI: While most technology platforms have stepped up efforts to deal with the proliferation of coronavirus information online, global numbers indicate that users are switching to Wikipedia as a trusted source to share and find Covid-19 updates...

    Around 4,504 Wikipedia pages have been created to record different aspects of the pandemic, its spread to different countries, the race to find a treatment and viral conspiracies...

  • FM Qureshi dispels rumours about his health after 'hacking' of Wikipedia page

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, on Thursday dispelled rumours about his health after his Wikipedia profile was edited, saying "there was no truth to them" and that he was "doing well"...

    "We strongly condemn attempts by mischievous elements to hack [the] Wikipedia page of the foreign minister & spread rumours on social media about his health & well-being," said FO spokesperson Aisha...

  • PTA issues notices to Google, Wikipedia for 'disseminating sacrilegious content'

    The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued notices to Google Inc and Wikipedia for "disseminating sacrilegious content" through the two platforms, it emerged on Friday...

    "The authority added that complaints were also received regarding hosting blasphemous caricatures of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and dissemination of "misleading, wrong, deceptive and deceitful information" through articles published on Wikipedia...

  • Abid Boxer yet to be extradited to Pakistan, FIA tells LHC

    Notorious 'encounter specialist' and former police inspector Abid Boxer is yet to be extradited to Pakistan, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)'s director Interpol told the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday...

    Justice Anwarul Haq was hearing a petition seeking the protection of Abid Hussain, alias Abid Boxer, who had been arrested last month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in connection with a fraud case...

  • LHC directs Interior Ministry to probe whether Abid Boxer has returned to Pakistan

    The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday directed the Interior Ministry to contact United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to ascertain if former police inspector and notorious 'encounter specialist' Abid Hussain, alias Abid Boxer, had taken a flight back to Pakistan earlier this year or not...

    According to local media reports, Boxer ? who is wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, attempted murder, land-grabbing etc in Punjab, and had...

  • Abid Ali should have played for Pakistan two years ago: Mudassar

    LAHORE: Director National Cricket Academy (NCA) and former Test all-rounder Mudassar Nazar on Monday hailed world record maker Abid Ali’s feat in the Rawalpindi Test and said the opener has a lot of talent and should have played for Pakistan a couple of years ago...

    In an exclusive interview with Dawn, Mudassar also stressed on the importance of club cricket and said it is the basis of excellence in Australian cricket and Pakistan...

  • Pakistan have good experience of playing in empty stadiums, says Abid

    LAHORE: Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali said on Tuesday that the team is used to playing without fans and the empty stadiums during their upcoming tour of England wouldn’t affect them...

    During a teleconference arranged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Abid said the team will look to the experience of playing in near-empty grounds in the United Arab Emirates when Pakistan was a no-go area for cricket...

  • No loadshedding from November, says Abid

    ISLAMABAD: The government is increasing the power generation capacity and is formally going to announce an end to loadshedding across the country in November this year, Minister of State for Power Abid Sher Ali claimed on Thursday...

    Talking to journalists, the state minister for power said that when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz came into power four years ago, the country was facing 18 hours of loadshedding...

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