China Loves Social Media; Wikimedia’s Use of Donor Funds Questioned

Posted June 7th, 2017 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A picture illustration shows icons of WeChat and Weibo app in Beijing, (Reuters)

FILE – A picture illustration shows icons of WeChat and Weibo app in Beijing, (Reuters)

Study Shows Chinese Okay With Social Media Being Bad for Health

An overwhelming majority of Chinese social media users – nearly 90 percent – are unperturbed by the negative effects of excessive online use, according to a national study from research group Kantar. Despite loss of sleep and privacy and other negative effects, young Chinese in their 20s are likely to continue using social media, albeit with some modification to bad habits.

Singapore Parent Takes School to Court to Get Kid’s iPhone Back

A Singapore man sued his son’s school after it confiscated the iPhone he was using during school hours, in breach of regulations. The school wanted the iPhone confiscated for three months, but the child’s father demanded its immediate return. The court threw out the complaint, saying returning the iphone would send a wrong signal to students “that they can use their mobile phones during school hours with impunity.”

Wikimedia Foundation’s Donor Money Funds Outgoing Managers’ Nest Eggs

The nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, a global community of volunteers who provide content for the free online Wikipedia encyclopedia, paid outgoing managers up to half a million dollars in severance pay in 2015. The organization’s much-delayed 2015-2016 tax disclosures reveal that Erik Moller, who came up with the failed Wikinews service and the more successful Wikimedia Commons, received $208,306 in severance pay and two years of leave. Writer Andreas Kolbe argues the foundation can afford this luxury, but wonders if this is what donors have in mind when they respond to the appeal to “keep Wikipedia online and growing.”

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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