Dear fellow free knowledge supporters,
An info for insight into the work of the Policy and Public Sector team at
We have had a presence on Meta for a long time, but have given it a proper
update and polish. (Special thanks to @Franziska Kelch
<franziska.kelch(a)wikimedia.de>) From now on you can find up-to-date
information on https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/DE_policy about our:
- Self-understanding, FAQ about our work
- Political positions, statements and publications
- Own event series and participation in external events
- Quarterly transparency report, which provides information about
conversations with politicians and participation in political events
- Team members including contact info
Feel free to take a look and we are also grateful for any feedback of a
formal or content-related nature.
Have a great weekend! 🍀
Lilli and the Policy and Public Sector Team
Lilli Iliev *(sie)*
Leitung Politik und öffentlicher Sektor
head of public policy and public sector
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I'm writing to ask for your help to support Wikimedia South Africa in the coming weeks and advocate for copyright reform.
Douglas Scott, from Wikimedia South Africa, will be speaking at four provincial hearings starting tomorrow, Feb. 21, to advocate for the Copyright Amendment Bill in South Africa . Efforts to reform copyright laws in South Africa can have a positive ripple-effect across the continent and the free knowledge movement at large. We can support him as part of that same movement.
1) Amplify tweets from Wikimedia South Africa  and ReCreate South Africa , an allied organization. This will be particularly helpful if you do so on the days of the hearings (dates below).
2) Write to the media in South Africa. You can submit an opinion article to South African newspapers and new agencies like Business Day, Daily Maverick, IOL, and GroundUp, where you explain why it is important to have freedom of panorama in the law . If you come from a country that has fair use  like the US, Singapore, or Israel, you can focus on how helpful that legal doctrine has been in helping your country promote innovation and free knowledge. Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), a nonprofit that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing countries, provides an example of how to help through media support . EIFL explains how they delivered comments on South Africa's CAB and the significance of the process.
- 21 February 2023: (17:00-19:00) Stellenbosch Town Hall, Stellenbosch
- 1 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Darling Town Hall, Darling
- 6 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Overstrand Municipal Hall, Hermarnus
- 7 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Provincial Legislature building, Cape Town
Ziski & the WMF Global Advocacy Team
Today, the United States’ Supreme Court denied our petition to review the
U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of internet
communications and activities, marking the end of our case Wikimedia
Foundation v. NSA
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_v._NSA>. While this
decision is a blow to privacy and freedom of expression online, we don’t
plan to let it hinder our advocacy efforts. We invite you to read our Diff
about this decision and our plans to continue to push to protect free
knowledge on Wikimedia projects and beyond.
If you wish to share the news, you can use this social media toolkit
James Buatti (he/him)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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give legal advice to or serve as a lawyer for community members,
volunteers, or staff members in their personal capacity.
The Journal of Copyright In Education and Librarianship
an OA publication from the US library/copyright community, just put out a
call for articles for a special issue related to " Copyright in Systems of
Open Knowledge". Perhaps of interest to people here! Here's the
"Copyright and systems of open knowledge are deeply intertwined. From
foundational issues in ownership and authors’ rights to nuanced questions
about respecting traditional knowledge or compliance with the forthcoming
OSTP Memo, open practices are grounded in copyright law. As librarians,
researchers, and educators work to build more open, inclusive, and
sustainable systems of scholarly communication they need to understand the
law as it is and articulate a vision for what the law should be. This
special issue will introduce the state of the art in this emerging area and
chart a course for closer alignment of copyright and open practices in
education and librarianship."
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