Facts Matter: The Wiki Story
In the latest election cycles around the world, we have been inundated with a deluge of misinformation ranging from bias to outright fake news. Jimmy Wales reports from the front lines of the information wars to explain how the Wikipedia community has successfully maintained quality through experienced human curation and offers insights into how quality journalism can survive.
An Evening with Jimmy Wales: The Future
Jimmy Wales speaks on a wide range of issues surrounding the future of technology, including the benefits of a globally connected world with free access to human knowledge. He also addresses threats to that vision, including government reach into web data in the name of national security and censorship by governments to control access to information. He speaks fluidly about future technologies including artificial intelligence, driverless cars, and the value of open software.
A ‘Wiki’ Future
As a leading technology futurist, Mr. Wales presents how open-source, open-content technology is changing the face of the internet and how businesses must adapt in the face of this rapidly evolving technology in order to compete and innovate. Businesses today are starting to use the same collaborative tools that Wikipedia employs, and it's worth learning from the monumental success of the Wikipedia model.
Democracy and the Internet
Freedom of speech and the distribution of knowledge is the foundation of Wikipedia. Mr. Wales predicts that the internet will democratize developing countries by making the world ‘flat,’ opening markets, promoting cultural understanding, and giving developing nations the resources they need to compete in the 21st century. With current total Internet usage by one billion people set to double in the next five to 10 years (with the majority of new users arising from developing nations), Mr. Wales asserts that internet will combat stereotypes, censorship, media control, and monopolies while simultaneously allowing citizens of developing nations to have a more prominent voice. As Mr. Wales states: "It does not take a lot of technology to foster open dialog and debate. Even the simplest technologies like mailing lists, wikis, blogs can help a lot. What is needed mostly, I think, is more content in local languages, and support from people around the world to help others join in the global conversation."
Cybersecurity in the Digital Age
In this insightful speech, Jimmy Wales tackles the topic of cybersecurity. He addresses the dangers of government snooping, the value of encryption, and the negative impact of cybersecurity failures on freedom of expression and democracy.
Harnessing the Power of Social Media
As the internet continues to grow and change at exponential rates, Jimmy Wales discusses how open-source, open-content technology will affect the fundamental ways that businesses interact with customers, distributors, suppliers, and the public in the future.
Jimmy Wales has audiences raving (and tweeting) at the World Business Forum Sydney
Delivering a keynote at the World Business Forum in Sydney, Wikipedia and Wikitribune founder Jimmy Wales informed and inspired an audience of some 2,000 business leaders from across the globe. Drawing on his experience as an internet entrepreneur and pioneer—and one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”—Wales shed light on the opportunities and threats for business leaders in a globally connected world, and how organizations can adapt to compete and innovate in a world that is increasingly open and collaborative. Providing tangible takeaways and fascinating anecdotes, Wales revealed how businesses need to rethink their strategies and highlighted new technologies that lie at the heart of business disruption. Throughout the forum, Wales drew high praise from the audience on Twitter: “…The genius of @jimmy_wales. IQ of Sydney up this week with him in town. Honoured”; “Jimmy Wales inspirational @WOBI Where every person on planet given free access to sum of all human knowledge”; “Well done @jimmy_wales of @Wikipedia, even with the challenge of a mid-presentation fire drill you managed to engage and excite the audience.” Wales also sat down for several insightful interviews during the Forum, including one on the democratization of tech, and another on the rapidly evolving media landscape with The Capital Network.Watch a clip of Wales’ keynote at the World Business Forum >>
Jimmy Wales sought-out for key insights on CNBC, Mashable, more
Founder of Wikipedia, the world’s 5th most visited website, Jimmy Wales recently spoke on CNBC’s Squawk Box, addressing issues of fake news and delivering frank analysis on the recent WannaCry cyberattack. Drawing on his experience as a true tech thought leader, Wales touches on a wide range of today’s most pressing issues while showcasing his tremendous breadth of knowledge, sharp insights, and engaging, conversational style. Wales was also recently interviewed by Mashable about Wikitribune, his new groundbreaking platform that will be a collaborative effort between professional journalists and community contributors to create a trusted, fact-checked, and evidence-based source of news.Watch Jimmy Wales on CNBC’s Squawk Box >>
Jimmy Wales launches revolutionary news platform, Wikitribune
Wikipedia founder JIMMY WALES has launched Wikitribune, an ad-free global news platform that aims to address the idea that “the news is broken and we can fix it.” In a video that describes the goal of the game-changing site, Wales explains how the digitalization of journalism and reliance on advertisers has led to a rapid decrease in the quality of the news. Wikitribune will address these issues, pairing professional standards-based journalism with a team of dedicated community contributors and a crowdfunded business model, ensuring articles are fact-checked and un-biased, sources are transparent, and users have the ability to flag and contribute to the articles they read. Instantly making headlines on virtually every major news site, from The BBC and CNBC to TIME and Fox, Wales’ new project will revolutionize the world just as Wikipedia—the world’s fifth most visited website—did 16 years ago. As citizens’ demand for reliable, fact-based journalism grows ever-louder amid increasingly uncertain and polarized political times, Jimmy Wales is at the forefront of innovation, addressing concerns and blazing a path forward that will reshape news media.Watch Jimmy Wales discuss Wikitribune on Wired >>
TECH & INNOVATION: Jimmy Wales on the pulse of what's possible
Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," Wikipedia Founder JIMMY WALES is one of the most sought-after visionaries in business and technology. Event planners cite Jimmy's optimism for the future and his masterful ability to speak on issues ranging from entrepreneurship, the power of social media, cybersecurity in the digital age, and the future of technology and the Internet to great acclaim.Find out why meeting planners love Jimmy >>
Driving the Conversation with Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
HWA Exclusive Speaker, Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales, dropped by to talk to the team about his new venture, The People's Operator (tpo.com), a new and exciting social networking platform. We also chatted about the latest news from the Wikimania Conference, and Jimmy tells us what meeting planners are most surprised by when they meet him.Watch the conversation...
Rave Reviews for Jimmy Wales
As the Founder of Wikipedia, a platform with over 400 million unique visitors every month, Jimmy Wales is a leading voice in the future of business and technology with a talent for bringing his unique insights and inspirational stories to life for any audience. From speeches at the nation’s most prestigious universities to international forums with hundreds of world leaders and industry experts, Wales leaves audiences in awe and event planners proud. Among the overwhelming praise: “We were all so thrilled with Jimmy. He was so open and dedicated to share with us… We were all inspired in such a fantastic way by his presence here” (McCann/Thiess), “After we opened up the invitation, we filled the auditorium and had an overflowing room” (CATO Institute), “Jimmy Wales was absolutely WONDERFUL!... He is such a kind and eloquent man… The feedback we’ve received has been outstanding!” (Night of Innovation). With plans to continue improving Wikipedia’s diversity and accessibility, Wales’ prominence as a thought leader who truly shapes modern society will only continue to expand.
Jimmy Wales launches TPO, a mobile network that donates 10% of the monthly bill to a charity of the consumer’s choice and meaningfully connects a community of change makers
Wales believes that, "Changing the world starts with one discussion at a time." Is it a mobile network funding good, or a network of good powered by a mobile phone network?Find out more about Jimmy Wales' TPO
Jimmy Wales in The Guardian-Catch up with his latest columns on important web and wiki related issues.Read more...
'Free knowledge for free minds'
"Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing." - Jimmy WalesVisit Jimmy Wales' website...
The New York Times
'Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users' Jimmy Wales on the lawsuit filed against the National Security Agency.Read more...
Ranked by Forbes Magazine as a “Web Celeb”, Jimmy Donal Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the Founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is co-founder of Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service he set up in 2004.
The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Mr. Wales started Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”), which was characterized by an extensive peer-review process designed to make its articles of a quality comparable to that of professional encyclopedias. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was dubbed “Wikipedia.” Mr. Wales laid down the founding principles and content, establishing an Internet-based community of contributors during that year. Wikipedia was initially intended to be a wiki-based site for collaboration on early encyclopedic content for submission to Nupedia, but Wikipedia's rapid growth quickly overshadowed Nupedia's development.
In a 2004 interview with Slashdot, Mr. Wales explained his motivations about Wikipedia, “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.”
The success of the project has helped popularize a trend in web development (called Web 2.0) that aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing among users. As Wikipedia expanded and its public profile grew, Mr. Wales took on the role of the project's spokesperson and promoter through speaking engagements and media appearances. His work with Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted TIME Magazine to name him one of its “100 Most Influential People,” in 2006 in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category.
In 2003, Mr. Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the 5th most popular website in the world.
In 2004, Wales co-founded, with Angela Beesley, the for-profit company Wikia, Inc. Wikia is a wiki farm — a collection of individual wikis on different subjects, all hosted on the same website. As part of his work at Wikia, Inc., Mr. Wales is developing a human-powered search engine, Search Wikia, which will be based on the same open, transparent, community-driven principles of Wikia and Wikipedia.
The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the “Young Global Leaders” of 2007. This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders across the world for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society, and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
Mr. Wales is a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology to businesses and the non-profit organization Creative Commons. Mr. Wales has received an honorary doctorate from Knox College of Illinois and was presented with a Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2006.
Mr. Wales received his bachelor's degree in finance from Auburn University and started with the Ph.D. finance program at the University of Alabama, where he left with a Master's. After that, he took courses offered in the Ph.D. finance program at Indiana University. He taught at both universities during his postgraduate studies, but did not write the doctoral dissertation required to earn a Ph.D.
From 1994 to 2000, Wales was the research director at Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm in Chicago.