Authorities in Myanmar blocked all languages of Wikipedia, says internet freedom watchdog

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Qiuwen) – NetBlocks, the internet freedom advocacy group, says Wikipedia was blocked in Myanmar by the authorities.

NetBlocks confirms “all language editions of Wikipedia” were down in Myanmar starting Thursday morning local time. In a tweet, Netblocks said, this is “part of a widening post-coup internet censorship regime imposed by the military junta.”

Netblocks provided additional information in a picture attached to the tweet, suggests that they have tested the connectivity of Wikipedia in English and French, Wikidata, and wikimedia.org, with none of them accessible. This may intimate that it is highly that the Burmese authorities not only blocked “all language editions of Wikipedia,” but all Wikimedia projects, as a whole. The picture also suggests that Wikipedia remains inaccessible across four different internet service providers in Myanmar.

It is likely that the Burmese authorities are blocking Wikimedia projects using the same tactic seen in China and some other countries, which is by blocking the main IP address Wikipedia and its sister projects uses. All Wikimedia projects share the same IP address, which makes it an easy target by censors to implement a block.

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述评:维基媒体凯瑟琳·马赫时代的终结

凯瑟琳·马赫照片/维克多·格里加斯摄/CC BY-SA 3.0

凯瑟琳·马赫将在今年4月15日辞去维基媒体基金会CEO一职。全世界维基人在欢庆维基百科二十周年生日后不久,就迎来了这样一条重磅消息。

凯瑟琳·马赫在2016年担任基金会CEO,距今已有五年。2021年的4月15日也是她从事维基的七周年整。基金会在官方新闻稿里,罗列了凯瑟琳在任五年来的贡献,包括增加基金会募集捐款的数量、读者数量等。

基金会尚未决定继任CEO的人选。综合各方消息,基金会将立刻物色继任人选,理想状况下在2021-22财年第二季度之前(距今6到9个月之内)完成。基金会财年起止于7月1日,因此年底前应该能够确定人选。为应对交接,基金会董事会成立了过渡委员会,处理相关交接事宜和和过渡期间的日常事务。自2月8日起,凯瑟琳将从基金会的基金会杂务中抽身,开始过渡期的工作。

值得注意的是,基金会官方并未直接给出凯瑟琳辞任的原因,也没有直接指明她离开维基媒体之后会继续从事什么样的工作。在官方新闻稿和凯瑟琳以个人名义发表在基金会“diff”博客网站的文章里,强调的多是凯瑟琳任内的贡献、未来的愿景和方向。相比较语调更正式、面向媒体的官方新闻稿,凯瑟琳在“diff”网站里的发文更加面向社群,更加个人化。凯瑟琳在文章里说“这不是个轻松的决定,但这个决定是正确的”,“现在绝对不是离开的好时候——过渡绝非易事——但过渡更适合在这个组织愈发健壮的时候做、更适合在别人不再欢迎你之前做。”

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