Italian Wikipedia

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Favicon of Wikipedia Italian Wikipedia
Wikipedia in Italiano
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byItalian wiki community

The Italian Wikipedia (Italian: Wikipedia in italiano) is the Italian-language edition of Wikipedia. This edition was started on 11 May 2001[1] and has over 1,864,000 articles.[2] It is currently the 8th largest edition by article count.[3]

2011 mass blanking protest[change | change source]

From 4 to 6 October 2011, all pages on the Italian Wikipedia project were redirected to this one-page Manifesto.

Volunteers on the Italian Wikipedia decided they did not like a proposed law[4] before the Italian Parliament. The proposal was from 4 to 6 October 2011. During this time, all of the site's articles were hidden. Wikipedia's administrators blocked the website[5] which was being debated at the time in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament.[6]

This was the first time that a Wikipedia had blanked all its content to protest.[7][8][9] The Wikimedia Foundation released a statement on 4 October. The Foundation Board officially supported the short closing of Italian Wikipedia.[6] In October 2011, the manifesto, which replaced the Italian Wikipedia, had been viewed approximately 19 million times.[10] On 6 October 2011, the website content was put back. Wikipedia added a banner across the top of each page explaining the reason for the protest.[11]

Italian newspaper Il Tempo journalist Alberto Di Majo described the closure of the Italian-language Wikipedia as an "unexpected merit" of the proposed law.[12] Some people questioned whether a non-profit United States foundation should try to change laws written in Italy.[13]

References[change | change source]

  1. New language wikis, Wikipedia-l mailing list.
  2. Statistics at Italian Wikipedia
  3. "List of Wikipedias". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  4. Paragraph 29 of the DDL intercettazioni (Wiretapping Bill)
  5. "Camera dei Deputati: disegno di legge N. 1415-B". (in Italian). Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Wikimedia blog » Blog Archive » Regarding recent events on Italian Wikipedia". 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  7. Official announcement (English version); permanent link:
  8. "Intercettazioni, Wikipedia protesta – Homepage in bianco: "Inaccettabile ddl"". la Repubblica (in Italian). 4 October 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.()
  9. "Wikipedia Hides Italian Language Edition to Protest New Law | PCWorld Business Center". Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  10. "Wikipedia article traffic statistics". Archived from the original on 19 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.()
  11. "Wikipedia in Italian reopens after media law protest". Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  12. Wikipedia protesta? Meglio, c'è la Treccani Archived 7 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine - Il Tempo, 5 October 2011 (in Italian)
  13. Ngo, Don (4 October 2011). "Italian-language Wikipedia hidden, may shut down". Cnet. Retrieved 19 November 2011.

Other websites[change | change source]