Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales marries Tony Blair’s former diary secretary in star-studded ceremony… and Alastair Campbell played the bagpipes!

  • Ceremony in London attended by Tony Blair  and his former spin doctor Alastair Campbell wearing a kilt and playing  bagpipes
  • Celebrities including former Simply Red  singer Mick Hucknall invited
  • Marriage to Kate Garvey was updated on Jimmy  Wales’ Wikipedia page

By Larisa Brown

PUBLISHED:09:24 EST, 7  October 2012| UPDATED:09:45 EST, 7 October 2012

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales married Tony  Blair’s former diary secretary in a star-studded ceremony attended by celebrity  guests and politicians.

Mr Wales, 46, and his wife, Kate Garvey, 40,  tied the knot on Saturday at a private ceremony at Wesley’s  Church in London.

His Wikipedia page was updated accordingly,  where under ‘personal life’ it read the couple met in Davos, Switzerland, and it  is Mr Wales’ third marriage.

Happy couple: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Tony Blair's former diary Secretary Kate Garvey tie the knot 

Happy couple: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Tony  Blair’s former diary Secretary Kate Garvey tie the knot

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife  Cherie attended the ceremony, as did Alastair Campbell, Mr Blair’s former spin  doctor.

Mr Campbell – who is known for busking around  the world with his bagpipes – donned a kilt in Clan Campbell tartan and played  the bagpipes.

Cherie wore a fitted knee-length dress,  silver necklace and bracelet and black kitten heel shoes.

Other guests included David Miliband and his  wife Louise – David was carrying a present wrapped in pink tissue  paper.

The newlyweds and their guests, including the bridal party, pose for pictures outside Wesley's Church in London on SaturdayThe newlyweds and their guests, including the bridal  party, pose for pictures outside Wesley’s Church in London on Saturday

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie in a knee-length dress and black kitten heels Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie in  a knee-length dress and black kitten heels

Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s former director  of strategy, and his wife Rachel Whetsone, who is an executive of Google were  among the invitees.

Mick Hucknall, former lead singer of  Simply  Red, Lily Cole, the model and actress, and former Labour minister Lord Adonis  also attended.

The wedding is the third for the internet  entrepreneur from Alabama and the first for the bride, who is now a director of  Freud Communications.

Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell wore a kilt and played the bagpipesBlair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell wore a kilt  and played the bagpipes

Lily Cole, the model and actress, wearing an electric blue dress, and Mick Hucknall, former lead singer of Simply Red, behind, were among the celebrities who attendedLily Cole, the model and actress, wearing an electric  blue dress, and Mick Hucknall, former lead singer of Simply Red, behind, were  among the celebrities who attended

Mr Wales has one child with Kate, who he met  at the World Economic Forum at Davos, and one with his ex-wife Christine  Rohan,who he met through a friend when she was working as a steel trader for  Mitsubishi.

Mr Wales set up the free, open content,  online encyclopedia in 2001. As Wikipedia’s public profile grew, he became the  project’s promoter and spokesman.

He has been named by Time magazine as one of  the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Don’t Wait for the UK Snoopers’ Charter to Pass: Encrypt Wikipedia Now

September 6, 2012 | By Eva Galperin

A joint committee of the UK’s House of Lords and the House of Commons is preparing to debate a draft bill known as the Snoopers’ Charter, a disastrous data retention bill which, as Techdirt explained, “would require ISPs to record key information about every email sent and Web site visited by UK citizens, and mobile phone companies to log all their calls.” But before they begin, MPs are doing their homework. In addition to having a public consultation, they are taking oral testimony from a range of stakeholders, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Wales has been an outspoken critic of the Snoopers’ Charter from the beginning, characterizing the proposed bill as “technologically incompetent,” and comparing it to the tactics of authoritarian regimes: “It is not the sort of thing I’d expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese.” In this week’s testimony, he went on to say that if the data retention bill were passed into law, he would move to encrypt all of Wikipedia’s connections with Britain, forcing the government to resort to the “black arts” in order to gain information about the pages Britons are reading and editing on Wikipedia. He went on to urge other Internet companies to do the same.

Wales was not specific about the technology he had in mind, but we assume that his testimony referred to enabling HTTPS (the encrypted, more secure version of the protocol that displays content on your web browser) by default in the UK. Wikipedia currently supports HTTPS for security-minded users, but defaults to the insecure version. Chrome and Firefox users can make sure that they always access Wikipedia securely via HTTPS by using HTTPS Everywhere.

While it is unclear that Wales has the authority to mandate the use of HTTPS by default for Wikipedia users in Britain, EFF believes that this is an idea that the Wikipedia community should consider—not just in Britain, but all over the world. Rather than waiting for bad legislation, Wikipedians should take this opportunity to make one relatively small technical change that could serve as a bulwark against all kinds of government surveillance, filtering and data retention laws

Briton who launched first web page in 1990 reiterates opposition to extending government control of internet

Tim Berners-Lee: the internet has no off switch

Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation in London, where he said the internet ‘has no one off switch’. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

There is no “off switch” for the internet, says the British inventor of the world wide web – and that is a good thing, because it could only be undone by governments around the world coordinating to turn it into a centralised system.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the first web page on Christmas Day 1990, was speaking at the launch of a global league table showing which countries put the web to work best.

His “off switch” comments came after concerns were expressed last year that the former Egyptian regime led by Hosni Mubarak had suppressed the use of the web to try to damp down the revolution that eventually overthrew it.

Berners-Lee, 57, said: “The way the internet is designed is very much as a decentralised system. At the moment, because countries connect to each other in lots of different ways, there is no one off switch, there is no central place where you can turn it off.

“In order to be able to turn the whole thing off or really block, suppress one particular idea then the countries and governments would have to get together and agree and co-ordinate and turn it from a decentralised system to being a centralised system.

“And if that does happen it is really important that everybody fights against that sort of direction.”

His comments came on the same day that Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of the collaborative online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, gave evidence to MPs about proposals to monitor and store details about emails and other internet communications. Wales has frequently expressed strong opposition to the suggestion of extending government control of the internet; earlier this year he called for a blackout of Wikipedia to protest at a proposed US law which would have been able to shut down non-US sites alleged to infringe copyright.

Berners-Lee told the Guardian earlier this year that the government should abandon the proposals, calling them “a destruction of human rights” and warning that “the amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.”

The global league table, launched on Wednesday by the World Wide Web Foundation, showed Sweden as the top country for its use of the web, with the US second and the UK in third place. Nepal, Cameroon and Mali were the bottom three of 61 countries measured using indicators such as the political, economic and social impact of the web, connectivity and use.

The league table, which will be updated annually and will also try to measure absolute as well as relative improvements, uses data from the past five years, and compares elements such as the extent to which relevant and useful content is available to citizens; the political, economic and social impact of the web; the speed of connections; and levels of censorship. The UK’s scores were lowest for web usage and social impact. China, despite having the world’s largest internet population, ranked 29th, and was 42nd in terms of political impact out of the 61 countries examined.