IGF 2020 Village Booth #57
Wikimedia Deutschland


Wikimedia Deutschland is the German chapter of the global Wikimedia Movement, the global community that supports the Wikimedia projects and other projects based on the idea of Free Knowledge.

The Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata, are web-based and multilingual. They are maintained entirely by communities of volunteers who create content that is free and openly licensed.

As a non-profit organization, Wikimedia Deutschland promotes these volunteers who create free and open contentand software and stand up for the human right to access to knowledge and education at all levels of society.


Wikimedia Projects

Image: Kati Szilágyi for Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. (CC-BY-SA)

Our Mission

1. Imagine a world…
... in which every single human can freely make use of and share in the sum of all knowledge. This is our vision of Free Knowledge.

2. A community of volunteers
We are committed to equal opportunities in access to knowledge and education and support the many thousands of volunteers who share their knowledge with everyone every day.

3. Knowledge equity
Access to knowledge and education is a basic human right. Free Knowledge leads to a cosmopolitan, more informed and fairer society.


Image: Kati Szilágyi for Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. (CC-BY-SA)

Sessions at the 2020 IGF with participants from the Wikimedia movement:

Thursday, 5 November, 2020 - 16:30 to 18:30 UTC: Pre-Event #74 Openness as a reponse to the crisis - open digital initiatives in the time of the pandemic
The global response to the Covid-19 pandemic has quickly demonstrated the value of openness. In this session, we will discuss the significance of open sharing of knowledge, culture and other forms of intellectual property. Is openness a game changer in fighting the current crisis?

Monday, 9 November, 2020 - 17:20 to 18:50 UTC: BPF Local Content

Monday, 9 November, 2020 - 17:20 to 18:50 UTC: WS #342 People vs machines: collaborative content moderation
Content moderation online is defined by the tension between a need to address societal ills on one side and the imperative to protect freedom of expression. Starting from the premise that internet users should be involved in content moderation, this workshop seeks to address this tension and find out what factors of public policy, social norms, and platform architecture are ideally suited to promote content moderation by online communities and what kind of support they may need.
Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:30 UTC: WS #324 One size fits all? Global norms as a threat to inclusion
In this session we will identify instances of cross-border application of rules and regulations for content and conduct online, along with any common characteristics among these standards or their authors. We will then build on these observations by discussing the consequences of both extraterritorial and locally propagated regulations on the internet. We will encourage participants to think about these questions not from a purely theoretical point of view, but with a view to how potential regulation of the internet could impact access to information and digital inclusion. We believe this will be a timely discussion given the increasing trend toward global internet norms.