Jimmy Wales

Founder of Wikipedia & co-founder of Wikia, Inc.

Online Safety and How to Protect Our Open Movement

Keynote
Wednesday February 8th, 9:15am-9:45am GMT
Fleming, 3rd Floor

Open Data Keynote

Open Data
Wednesday February 8th, 1:00pm-1:30pm GMT
St James, 4th Floor
Jimmy Wales photo

Keynote: Online Safety and How to Protect Our Open Movement

The future of free and open societies is directly connected to the future of open technologies. Free knowledge platforms like Wikipedia, built by volunteers from all over the world, would not be possible without software and data that everyone can share, and copyright laws that allow good ideas and information to spread. I look forward to OpenUK as a chance to talk about how the UK government can protect and support our open movement.

Open Data Keynote

Description coming soon…

Bio

Internet and technology entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, is founder of the online non-profit encyclopaedia Wikipedia and co-founder of the privately owned Wikia, Inc. including its entertainment media brand, Fandom powered by Wikia. Wales serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organisation he established to operate Wikipedia. In 2019, Jimmy launched WT Social – a news focused social network. In 2006 Jimmy was named in Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ for his role in creating Wikipedia.

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“The future of free and open societies is directly connected to the future of open technologies. Free knowledge platforms like Wikipedia, built by volunteers from all over the world, would not be possible without software and data that everyone can share, and copyright laws that allow good ideas and information to spread. I look forward to OpenUK as a chance to talk about how the UK government can protect and support our open movement.”