policy of freedom of information. 65 Although he had never traveled outside North America prior to the site's founding, his participation in the Wikipedia project has seen him flying internationally on a near-constant basis as its public face. "The Web Celeb 25". 27 Wales has been a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees since it was formed and was its official chairman from 20e has been accorded the honorary title of chairman emeritus and holds the board-appointed " community founder's. Wales said he wanted the committee to be viewed as "a blue-ribbon panel" by lawmakers and for the committee to advise the lawmakers as well as Google. 154 Wales has also received honorary degrees from Knox College, 155 Amherst College, 156 Stevenson University, 156 157 Argentina's Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21, 158 and Russia's mirea University. Wales characterized this as the moment he realized that the Nupedia model was not going to work. A b c d Lomas, Natasha (June 8, 2014). 7 The two had engaged in detailed debate on the subject on Wales's list and then on Sanger's, eventually meeting offline to continue the debate and becoming friends. 94 His role reportedly involved working as "an unpaid advisor on crowdsourcing and opening up policymaking and advising the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the UK research councils on distributing research. Archived from the original on March 3, 2006. "Jimbo Wales testifies before US Senate Committee Video C-span. Wikipedia co-founder, this article is about one of the founders of Wikipedia. Wales stepped down as Wikia CEO to be replaced by angel investor Gil Penchina, a former vice president and general manager at eBay, on June 5, 2006. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. 2 134 Wales is an atheist. 78 Controversies Wales's association with the foundation has led to controversy. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. 35 The wiki was initially intended as a collaborative project for the public to write articles that would then be reviewed for publication by Nupedia's expert volunteers. 25 Wikia is a wiki farm a collection of individual wikis on different subjects, all hosted on the same website. Citation needed In September 2017, he was awarded the President's Medal of the British Academy "for facilitating the spread of information via his work creating and developing Wikipedia, the world's largest free online encyclopedia". 123 Wales has visited Israel over ten times and taken over 1M in donations from Israeli universities but claims neutrality over Israel - Palestinian issues. In fact, quite encouragingly, the intelligence community has already developed and is using a process collaborative technology that they call Intellipedia, which is based directly on the Wikipedia model. The numbers are staggering." The Atlantic Monthly, September 2006,. "Wikipedia and beyond: Jimmy Wales's sprawling vision". Kira, 16, his daughter with his second wife, lives in Florida. 116 Wales's testimony is available for viewing on C-span. Burrell, Ian (December 20, 2010). 135 As of 2012, he lives in London, England. Tapscott, Don; Anthony.