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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述評:維基媒體凱瑟琳·馬赫時代的終結

凱瑟琳·馬赫照片/維克多·格里加斯攝/CC BY-SA 3.0

凱瑟琳·馬赫將在今年4月15日辭去維基媒體基金會CEO一職。全世界維基人在歡慶維基百科二十周年生日後不久,就迎來了這樣一條重磅消息。

凱瑟琳·馬赫在2016年擔任基金會CEO,距今已有五年。2021年的4月15日也是她從事維基的七周年整。基金會在官方新聞稿里,羅列了凱瑟琳在任五年來的貢獻,包括增加基金會募集捐款的數量、讀者數量等。

基金會尚未決定繼任CEO的人選。綜合各方消息,基金會將立刻物色繼任人選,理想狀況下在2021-22財年第二季度之前(距今6到9個月之內)完成。基金會財年起止於7月1日,因此年底前應該能夠確定人選。為應對交接,基金會董事會成立了過渡委員會,處理相關交接事宜和和過渡期間的日常事務。自2月8日起,凱瑟琳將從基金會的基金會雜務中抽身,開始過渡期的工作。

值得注意的是,基金會官方並未直接給出凱瑟琳辭任的原因,也沒有直接指明她離開維基媒體之後會繼續從事什麼樣的工作。在官方新聞稿和凱瑟琳以個人名義發表在基金會「diff」博客網站的文章里,強調的多是凱瑟琳任內的貢獻、未來的願景和方向。相比較語調更正式、面向媒體的官方新聞稿,凱瑟琳在「diff」網站里的發文更加面向社群,更加個人化。凱瑟琳在文章里說「這不是個輕鬆的決定,但這個決定是正確的」,「現在絕對不是離開的好時候——過渡絕非易事——但過渡更適合在這個組織愈發健壯的時候做、更適合在別人不再歡迎你之前做。」

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