The Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on Intermediaries and Information (WIII) is a research initiative that aims to raise awareness of threats to an open internet, especially those affecting online intermediaries and their users, and to make creative policy suggestions that protect and promote internet-facilitated access to information. WIII grew out of an ongoing academic affiliation and collaboration between Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and the Wikimedia Foundation, and is made possible by a generous gift from the Wikimedia Foundation, in support of Wikimedia’s mission to build a world in which everyone can freely share in knowledge.
The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation supports some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia.
The Information Society Project (ISP) is an intellectual center at Yale Law School, founded in 1997 by Professor Jack Balkin. It supports an international community of interdisciplinary scholars who explore issues who work to illuminate the complex relationships between law, technology, and society. The ISP hosts nearly 100 educational events over the course of each academic year designed to promote novel scholarship, foster the cross-pollination of ideas, and spark new collaborations.