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Wikimedia's Wikimania gives Taipei City the nod

STAFF WRITER

Taipei has beaten three rival cities to win the right to host the Wikimania 2007 conference in August next year, according to a statement published on the Wikimedia Foundation's Web site.

Taipei outbid London, Turin in Italy and Alexandria in Egypt to host the third annual Wikimedia conference, which will bring together members of various Wikimedia projects to exchange ideas, build connections and report on research efforts.

"Taipei had the winning combination of a dedicated, experienced bidding team, a great venue with centralized accommodation and community areas, and strong sponsorship opportunities," Wikimedia said in the statement.

"Taipei also provides the opportunity to focus attention on the growing Asian language projects and the international aspect of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as learning about other free knowledge efforts and projects in the region," the statement read.

Unlike Google and Yahoo, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has not bowed to Chinese pressure and remains censorship-free.

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