Jimmy Wales Foundation update

Jimmy Wales Foundation Google search 12-31-2015The Jimmy Wales Foundation is a non-profit started by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, in order to promote human rights in the field of freedom of expression, particularly online speech.  Many times writers and journalists have big established organizations standing behind them when they run afoul of local censorship.  But when bloggers and individual social media users are kidnapped or imprisoned, who can speak up for them?  It is these more vulnerable users who do not have that supportive backing that the JWF focuses on, finding and promoting individual victims who are having their voices taken away from them.

A little over a week ago, I wrote a humble blog post referencing the Jimmy Wales Foundation, with the goal of boosting the Google search for this topic into a position where I could find the website by googling it. A few days later, I checked back, and the foundation’s official website was already on the second page of my Google search.

I am pleased to report that as of today, the official web page for the Jimmy Wales Foundation, jimmywalesfoundation.org/, is now displayed in the first page of a google search (in tenth position), along with the Twitter page @JWalesF at https://twitter.com/jwalesf.  The LinkedIn page for “Jimmy Wales Foundation” has always done pretty well in a search, and is at https://www.linkedin.com/company/jimmy-wales-foundation.

The main action of the foundation is on Twitter, with some posts on the web page, focusing mostly on people in prison. As yet, the foundation does not award any prizes, similar to the U.S State Department’s International Women of Courage Award, the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism from Women’s eNews, the Lech Walesa Institute Foundation’s Lech Walesa Prize , the Dutch Human Rights Defenders Tulip, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, Amnesty International’s Human Rights Ginetta Sagan Fund Award [dead link], the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, or the Giuseppe Motta Medal.  Many of these awards are presented to individuals who have been jailed or persecuted after they are released from prison, and continued to work in controversial areas, but occasionally the award is posthumous, as in the case of India’s Jyoti Singh.

I firmly believe these awards, and the international attention they can bring to bear on governments, can protect lives, and by extension, promote freedom of expression. It should also go without saying that an award can establish “notability” for an individual, for the purposes of Wikipedia.  A resulting Wikipedia article may bring them further international visibility and protection.

Unfortunately, a Google search still results in little useful information about the Jimmy Wales Foundation, outside of some private blog with a lot of four-letter words and a bizarre rant about ethics.

So here is my list of sources for the Jimmy Wales Foundation.

Official websites:

Online articles about “Jimmy Wales Foundation”, the 2014 Dubai Knowledge Conference, and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award [images: 1 2]:

Video and some screenshots of Jimmy Wales accepting the Knowledge Award in Dubai 2014:

1:32 Jimmy speaking, with slide: “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the Sum all Human knowledge.”
1:50 Jimmy Wales receiving award

Note the number of women both in the audience and speaking on stage, both with hijab and with hair uncovered, then take a look at the gender mix in photos of Wikimedia events. You won’t find nearly that high a percentage of women at Wikimedia functions.


2 thoughts on “Jimmy Wales Foundation update

  1. Neotarf Post author

    Hello, Greg, I am silenced on your site, but you are welcome on mine. Yes, look at the video, count the women. I would estimate at least a third. On stage too, as speakers.

    Knowledge conference panel

    And intermingled with the crowd, not in the next room with a video feed, as the Saudis do. Check out the screenshot of those being honored, I see eighteen, five of them women.

    knowledge conference dubai 2014

    I don’t know why your photo of the group behind the emir has so many male faces, perhaps they are his family or his security guard, or perhaps his wives simply did not wish to attend.

    But wait, you’ve cropped out most of the women, and mislabeled the rest. If they are covered in black from head to toe, they are women. Here, FTFY:
    Knowledge conference

    Dubai government

    For contrast, here’s Jimbo’s speech at Wikimania 2015:
    Wikimania 2015 closing ceremony


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