Liz Gannes

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Wikipedia Gets $500K from Brin and Wojcicki — But What It Really Wants Is Small Donors

Google co-founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki’s Brin Wojcicki Foundation just gave $500,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation as part of its annual fundraising drive.

On Wednesday, the first day of this year’s campaign, Wikimedia pulled in $1.2 million, the most it’s ever raised in a day, from 61,000 individual donors, the most it’s ever had in a single day.

The foundation’s annual budget is $28.3 million, and it tries to raise most of that from small donors.  Last year’s drive drew more than 500,000 donors, most of whom gave $25 to $30, said Wikimedia spokesman Jay Walsh.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik