August 9th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

Wikipedia in the wake of Snowden

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is in Hong Kong for Wikimania, the annual gathering that charts the future of the popular website.

Speaking at the conference this morning, he addressed another high-profile visitor to the territory – Edward Snowden.

Wales called the NSA leaker “awesome,” and that “he’s done something remarkable and really important.”

Jimmy Wales said Snowden’s leaks led to Wikipedia’s decision to encryption more quickly.

But why is it important to keep what we’re reading on Wikipedia a secret?

Click on to hear his response… as well as his thoughts on the Lavabit shutdown and efforts to bring more contributors into the Wikipedia fold.