Recently, a security issue has been found with Education extension. As a
result, new requests for installing the extension on Wikimedia wikis are
being "stalled", i.e. blocked for an indeterminate period. Can someone
from the Foundation comment on this? I don't see why we shouldn't
install the extension to more wikis, if the current installations are
still working as-is (i.e. they're not being uninstalled because of the
security issue, as far as I know).
While it might be a long shot, is it possible to influence this decision
I feel thoroughly disappointed, having held community discussion and
vote, and then waiting for a month (!) for no apparent reason, just to
be outright told that it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. 
The Third International Conference on Green Computing, Technology and
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
8-10 December 2015
The proposed conference on the above theme will held over three days,
with presentations delivered by researchers from the international
community, including presentations from keynote speakers and
state-of-the-art lectures. ICGCTI2015 aims to enable researchers build
connections between different digital applications.
The conference welcomes papers on the following (but not limited to)
- Benefits of, and barriers to, adopting greener IT practices
- Carbon metering and user feedback
- Climate and ecosystem monitoring
- Energy harvesting, storage, and recycling
- Energy-aware high performance computing and applications
- Energy-aware software
- Energy-efficient network services and operations
- Green IT metrics, maturity models, standards, and regulations
- Green computing models, methodologies and paradigms
- Green networking and communication
- Life-cycle analysis of IT equipment
- Management and profiling tools for energy efficient systems
- Modeling-representations, simulation and validation for energy
consumption optimization problems
- Online dynamic optimization for energy efficient systems
- Power-aware algorithms and protocols
- Power-efficient delivery and cooling
- Renewable energy models and prediction
- Smart buildings and urban development
- Smart homes, buildings, offices, streets
- Stability of smart energy systems
- Using IT to reduce carbon emissions
- Carbon management policies and ecology- related issues with ICT
- Characterization, metrics, and modeling
- Creating green awareness using IT
- Energy-aware computing
- Energy-aware large scale distributed systems, such as Grids, Clouds
and service computing
- Energy-efficient mass data storage and processing
- Governments’ roles in fostering and enforcing green initiatives
- Green business process reengineering and management
- Green design, manufacture, use, disposal, and recycling of computers
and communication systems
- Green software engineering
- Low-power electronics and systems
- Matching energy supply and demand
- Network design optimization
- Optimization of energy-efficient protocols
- Power-aware software and hardware
- Reliability, thermal behavior and control
- Robustness and performance guarantees
- Smart grid and microgrids
- Smart transportation and manufacturing
- Sustainable computing
Researchers are encouraged to submit their work electronically. All
papers will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees.
Before final acceptance, all referees comments must be considered.
Submission Deadline : November 8, 2015
Final Notification : November 20, 2015
Camera Ready Deadline : November 28, 2015
Registration Deadline : November 28, 2015
Conference Dates : December 8-10, 2015
Drop us an email at icgcti15(a)sdiwc.net
On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 10:56 PM, Quim Gil <qgil(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi, let me try to help with the tools I have at hand, even if I understand
> that that is not the whole picture or the whole solution.
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 6:07 AM, Kevin Gorman <kgorman(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> what are apparently serious enough security problems (enough to call it a
>> attack vector')
> Are these problems reported as tasks in Phabricator? If so, please share
> the links here. If not, reporting them is the first step.
He was getting that from me. Yes, there are quite a few of them in
Phabricator plus lingering concerns because of previous issues that would
desire a more complete security review. I'm happy to share them with you
offlist tomorrow (they are all under security bugs and I would rather not
share them on a list this public).
I also just wanted to let people know that I'm still following this thread
and will respond more fully tomorrow (I apologize for less response today
then yesterday it's been a busy day with a couple fires to put out and I
have to go to a late night meeting in a couple minutes). For a quick
response to a couple of the previous emails however:
I don't have any magic powers to get resources (I don't have near enough
myself :-/ for the amount of work people want me to do) but I definitely
want to ensure that those using the extension continue to have options and
I know that Floor and others do too, this is in no way desired to be a
secret behind closed door decision on what to do in terms of
fixes/replacements etc. We're putting in these temp fixes because we
believe it's the best move right now (my understanding was that the likely
hood of fixing the holes or getting a replacement very quickly was small)
but it's certainly not the end of the discussion.
Trust & Safety
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Tomorrow september 29 at Faculty of Humanities and Languages at chlef
will be start first course dans le programme education around wikipedia for
more than 150 students
which will be rolling out throughout the school year of french department
wish us luck
WM DZ Algeria
(Forwarding a request from August that missed Education-l due to technical
Dear Wikimedia colleagues:
I am developing a proposal for a video series that's designed to introduce
Wikimedia to new contributors (particularly in GLAM and education
programs), and to motivate them to participate in the community in a
constructive way. I would appreciate your input. The video is intended for
translation into multiple languages; there are already volunteers for
Spanish and German translation.
The proposal's main draft page is here:
The proposal talk page is here; it includes a draft outline of specific
subjects to cover:
Please note that the scope and budget of the project are still under
consideration. At this point it would be especially helpful to have input
on the subjects that the video should cover, and how best to cover them.
This information will help as the project scope and budget are refined.
Please add your questions and comments to the talk page.
If you would like to support the project with your endorsement, please do
If you would like to volunteer to translate the video, please email me or
comment on the talk page.
Thanks and regards,
Please see below.
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From: Pine W <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 6:41 PM
Subject: Upcoming press release to celebrate 5 million articles on English
Aligned with discussions at the Wikimedia Conference about coordinating
press releases around the world, I would like to invite you to participate
in the drafting and upcoming publication of a community-written press
release that celebrates English Wikipedia's milestone of 5 million
articles. I particularly extend this invitation to affiliates which are
located in areas where English (in any dialect) is a primary, official, or
Drafting and discussion are happening here:
Please ask your affiliates to participate in a near-simultaneous press
release from interested affiliates and WMF on the day that English
Wikipedia reaches 5 million articles.
Please make sure that your affiliate's contact information is current on
Meta so that it can be included in the press release. Journalists may wish
to speak with representatives of your organization about the press release
and about Wikipedia in general.
This event offers and opportunity to raise public awareness of Wikipedia in
general and our many accomplishments, as well as the many challenges and
opportunities ahead of us to make English Wikipedia in particular be more
accurate, friendly, inclusive, accessible, reputable, and comprehensive.
Can people tell me are there any good online resources on what benefits
educational organisations can get from adopting open licenses? Please feel
free to braindump as many as you like, I've helped make a tool for collating
Wikimedia related resources <http://tools.wmflabs.org/hay/wdd/>including
ones for advocacy and this seems to be an area that I can't find much on.
They do not have to be Wikimedia related, just generally about the effects
of open licensing content.