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Press releases/2017

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Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
1 December 2017 Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur brings to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of experience in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and underrepresented communities
Wikimedia Foundation appoints Toby Negrin as Chief Product Officer
8 November 2017 Toby Negrin has been with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2013 and brings nearly two decades of experience in research, design, analytics, and product development
Raju Narisetti joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
16 October 2017 Media veteran brings nearly three decades of global strategic experience in digital media and audience development to the Wikimedia Foundation Board
Wikimedia Foundation announces Board of Trustees appointments and leadership at Wikimania 2017 in Montreal
11 August 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board appoints Wikimedia community-selected Trustees, and confirms Chair and Vice Chair leadership
Wikimedians and free knowledge leaders convene in Montreal for 13th annual Wikimania
11 August 2017 Hundreds of volunteer Wikimedians and free knowledge leaders gather in the heart of Quebec to celebrate Wikipedia, the Wikimedia projects, and the people who make them possible. Representatives from the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, and Mozilla announced the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor Bassel Khartabil, Syrian Wikimedian and global open culture advocate
Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Eileen Hershenov as General Counsel
16 May 2017 Experienced general counsel brings nearly three decades of leadership in media, intellectual property, civil liberties, and not-for-profit law
Wikimedia community in Iraq partners with Asiacell to bring Wikipedia to nearly 12 million subscribers free of mobile data charges
28 February 2017 Mobile data fees waived for Asiacell customers in Iraq to access Wikipedia, a free collection of knowledge available in nearly 300 languages
Wikimedia Foundation receives $500,000 from the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist Charitable Fund to support a healthy and inclusive Wikimedia community
26 January 2017 Grant supports development of more advanced tools for volunteers and staff to reduce harassing behavior on Wikipedia and block harassers from the site
Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed images accessible and reusable across the web
9 January 2017 Funding to support Wikimedia community efforts to enable structured data on Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository with more than 35 million media files