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Hong Kong: Chinese wikimedia conference

Categories: East Asia, China, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan (ROC), Freedom of Speech, Media & Journalism

(Left to right) Edmon Chung, Christine Loh, Sin Chung-Kai, Jimmy Wales, and Charles Mok

Last weekend (August 26-27), the Chinese wikimedia conference was held in Hong Kong. The two-day conference included a keynote address by Mr Jimmy Wales, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wikemedia Foundation, and other panels and sessions by noted speakers from the region. Topics included the content, technology, policy and social science issues around the Wikimedia project. Other invited speakers include Legislative Councilor Mr Sin Chung-Kai, Ms Christine Loh, etc.

Chihiro from inmediahk.net [1] lists out local newspapers which chose to report and not to report on the conference, and tries to read into their nature: most of which have pro China government background (zh).

Yeahayeah [2] blogs about his impression on the participants and his disappointment with the conference:

總括而言,見到的有幾類人:一是認為wiki之類的事物已把世界的屁股調上頭頂(反之亦然),甚至對免費的東西都閃出了business model光芒而激動不已;二是沉醉在wiki和相關技術有無限熱情的科技孩子;三是對百科全書的世界和維持百科全書秩序有高度要求甚至苛求的管理者。

“All in all, I saw the following types of people there: first type was those who thought that wiki had turned the world upside down, they were passionate that such kind of free service could eventually develop into business model; second was those techno kids who were passionate about wiki and other technological stuff; third type was those very strict managers who wanted to maintain the order of wikipedia.”

He was particularly frustrated about the panel on censorship issue as the speakers were just explaining the absolute authority of China governemnt, in the end:

有個天真無邪只求wiki横掃中原的小朋友,提議不如把政治敏感的內容都刪掉…

“A innocent kid, who just wanted wiki to establish its dominating position in China, suggests to delete all the politically sensitive terms.”

Charles Mok, one of the speakers from Hong Kong, blogs some photos and links [3] without much comments.

Chiao, from Taiwan, blogs some facts that he got from Jimmy Wales and his impression on Hong Kong Wikipedians [4]:

HK Wikipedian is very, very young. High school kids, many of them.