Submissions/Ten things you can do without blacking out Wikipedia

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

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Title of the submission

Ten things you can do without blacking out Wikipedia

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Author of the submission

Jan Engelmann

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Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Wikipedia Blackout on January 18th was an unprecedented act of civil resistance against harmful legislation. It was the day a global grassroot movement showed its “muscle” to the world. Many of us wondered if this was going to be a “one-hit-wonder” or could be possibly repeated. Let’s face it: You cannot always be nice when it comes to copyright wars. But besides calling for strike there are other smart means for getting heard in public. This talk gives you a tool kit for advocacy as a Wikipedian or Wikimedian: from good clean fun with politicians to rather subtle communication guerilla tactics. The key message is: Sometimes “out of the blue” is just easier to handle than “into the Black”.

  • Wikis and the Public Sector
Length of presentation/talk

25 minutes

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