Tim Starling wrote:
> According to ru.wp Arbcom member DR, the danger to Wikipedia was
> overstated, and the text of the proposed law was misrepresented.
I think that the interpretation to the bill given by DR is incorrect. In fact the proposed bill was not only about child pornography and extremism, but also about drugs and, about “information, prompting children to commit actions, making threat to their life and health”. That was a very loose clause, that could ban virtually anything. After the blackout this clause was removed from the bill and it is a clear achievement of the strike. On the other hand the final version of the bill contains another clause, that is even more hazardous to us. It is about “information of methods of producing and use of narcotic substances, … of methods and places of cultivation of narcotic plants”. We do have information of drug synthesis on Wikipedia, ways of its use (e.g. marijuana) and we do have thorough instructions of marijuana cultivation on wikibooks. That is why our achievements are ambiguous. On the one hand we have a removal of a loose clause about information harmful to children, but on the otherwe now have another clause that is even more dangerous. That is why we are still trying to do what we can via our contacts within the authorities to revise the passed bill.
But that is not all. The most important issue is extremism. According to the bill, the materials, that are banned for distribution in Russia should be included to the register of banned information on the ground of the court decision, banning the distribution of that information in Russia. We already have such court decisions and a list of extremist materials, distribution of which is prohibited in Russia. That list contains some really nasty materials, as e.g. nazi propaganda, but also Islamic texts (including those of famous non-terrorist Islamic authors e.g. Said Nursî), Saentologist, Jehova’s witnesses , Falun Gong, letters and materials of opposition in Russia, works of contemporary art, etc.
We *do have* banned extremist materials in Wikipedia. E.g. this image:
is considered extremist and is banned for distribution in Russia. (Hopefully it was uploaded two years before it was regulated as banned by the court).
This letter in wikisource is also considered extremist:
This is enough for banning the IPs of Wikimedia projects in Russia. And I am really afraid of this.
I guess DR is aware of discussion on this list, but anyway I will inform him of it. Maybe he has something to add.
> According to Levg in his Arbcom application, again via Google
> Translate, "It should be noted that there are no objective reasons for
> such a 'sprint survey' did not exist, to discuss the bill on second
> reading has been known since at least last Friday."
That is our fault that we could not manage to get the information in time. The first hearing was on Friday, but the community and myself got to know about the problem only on Monday, 9th. What for me personally I haven’t read the news on the weekend (yes, it is bad, that I relaxed on the weekend and haven’t read the news), and I failed to get to know about the problem in time. I guess it is also true for others. If we start to organize on Friday, the result would be better. It is a fault, but anyway it was not a deliberate fault, as nobody has informed the community earlier.
It's been a bit since I last emailed this list (or any list, for that
matter!)... you may remember me, I worked at the Foundation last year in
the Community Department, working with Philippe on any number of issues,
as well as with the OTRS team. I've come back to work on a short term
project with the Foundation, and I have to say it's great to be back!
(and a great break from my Master's thesis!)
We're getting ready to run the next version of the Editor Survey, for
August 2012. This will be the third incarnation we've run since 2011.
As with the prior incarnations of the survey, we'll be looking at a
variety of topics, this time with the goal of not only understanding
your needs and pressing issues while interacting with fellow editors,
but also focusing on editors' satisfaction with the work of the Foundation.
The last time we ran an editor survey, it was completed by over 6,000
respondents. When you break that down, it means that each minute of
time demanded by the survey corresponds to 100 hours of Wikipedians'
time. We want to make sure that this time is spent wisely, ensuring
that the questions we have are worded clearly, don't cause confusion,
and will generate meaningful answers. So we'd like to ask you to take a
look at the survey, and give us feedback on the questions. You can find
... and please leave your feedback on the talk page there so we can keep
the discussion in one place :)
You can find out more information about the survey here:
Also, we are planning an IRC Office Hour on the survey, this **Tuesday,
July 31 at 1700 UTC.** (See
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hoursfor general information
about IRC Office hours)
I know there has been some discussion about offering Office Hours in a
broader range of times, and I know this time may not be the greatest for
some... but this was the best time we could find currently.
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:54:38 -0400
> From: Nathan <nawrich(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia redefined -- typography and UX
> and such
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> No one will argue these days that the WMF is short of money, so this is a
> good opportunity for it to deploy some of that funding for a real impact.
> The main page on the English Wikipedia is an ideal starting point for a
> conscious effort at design evolution throughout Wikimedia. The Foundation
> should solicit and pay for several design firms to submit efforts to the
> main page contest, which is in dire need of some talented input. The
> community can still select between them, let's just make sure they have a
> number of great options.
We should by now have enough user data to be able to calculate user
retention rates by skin. It would be interesting to see how the
implementation of Vector affected editor retention rates.
I'm pleased to announce you the creation of Wikimedia Indigenous Languages
(WIL). WIL is the coordinating body for the promotion and development of
indigenous on Wikimedia projects.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Indigenous_Languages (or just
search WIL on Meta)
Wikimedia Indigenous Languages' vision is to see the sum of the knowledge
available to everybody in their own languages and to share the knowledge of
those languages themselves. It will achieve that by:
- Reaching indigenous languages speakers for the development of Wikimedia
projects in their language
- Establishing working cooperation with outside organizations involved in
the promotion of indigenous languages
- Creating and expanding Wikimedia projects in all indigenous languages
Wikimedia Indigenous Languages' role is to support and encourage the
efforts of specific projects to develop Wikimedia projects in small and
endangered languages. It will serve as an international body to collect and
share best practices, lessons learned and methodology to develop small
languages Wikimedia projects and preserve endangered languages. It will
also offer support to people interested in developing initiatives and new
projects. It will also become the point of contact to set up cooperation
with other organizations working towards the same goals and will also
actively seek such cooperation opportunities.
Anybody or any group who is interested in this project or any projects with
indigenous languages are welcome to join Wikimedia Indigenous Languages.
For questions or further discussion, come on the talk page, and a dedicated
mailing list to discuss languages-related issue and initiatives will soon
Something I don't see in the FAQ - could the use of WMF funds to
defend someone for actions taken in a project role imperil the
immunity of the WMF? If the organization is seen to provide for the
defense of its functionaries, and describes those people as taking
"official action" in its FAQ, is there any bleedover risk for the
On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM, Geoff Brigham <gbrigham(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Note: You may also read this announcement in DE - ES - FR - IT - JA - RU
> Many Wikimedians take on key support roles that help ensure that the
> community’s projects run smoothly and effectively. The Wikimedia Foundation
> -- under the lead of the Finance Department and the Legal and Community
> Advocacy Department -- is proposing the Legal Fees Assistance Program. This
> program is intended to help find qualified lawyers or pay for the legal
> defense fees of eligible users in specified support roles. The assistance
> would be available in the unlikely event those users were ever named in a
> legal complaint as a defendant because of their support roles on any
> Wikimedia project. The program would apply to all projects and languages.
> We have started a request for comment to see what the community thinks of
> this proposed initiative, and we would like those who are interested to look
> at the proposed program itself and let us know your thoughts. If you have
> further questions, we have prepared an FAQ, and we will be available to
> discuss via the talk pages.
> Many thanks,
> Geoff Brigham
> General Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
> Garfield Byrd
> Chief of Finance and Administration
> Wikimedia Foundation
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The Mid-Year Report for my position as US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator
is now available. >
This includes Highlights of the past months, details on the GLAM-Wiki US
Consortium, Challenges, and Implications.
Thanks so much,
*Cross-posting out of necessity to GLAM-L, GLAM-US, Libraries, Internal,
Cultural Partners (bear with me : )*
Digital Marketing Content Coordinator
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator
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Hello! Here the last update of the Open Knowledge Festival (Sept. 17th –
22nd 2012, Helsinki) in case it did not arrive to some people in this list
and/or to ask please to help to spread it. Cheers! Mayo
OPEN KNOWLEDGE FESTIVAL (September 17th – 22nd, Helsinki) The event of the
year to build a free and open movement/society http://okfn.org/
New to OKFestival? We are delighted to invite you to this year’s event in
Helsinki, Finland – a series of hands-on workshops, talks, hackathons,
meetings and sprints organised by a wide range of open knowledge
communities around the globe. OKFestival 2012 combines the themes of our
annual Open Government Data Camp (OGDCamp) (
http://okfestival.org/open-government-data-camp/) and Open Knowledge
Conference (OKCon) (http://okfestival.org/open-knowledge-conference/) into
a week of action and inspiration organised by the Open Knowledge
Foundation, the Finnish Institute in London, Aalto Media Factory along with
hundreds of Guest Programme Planners. With over 400 tickets already
reserved by participants from more than 40 nations, OKFestival is the one
of the world’s largest open knowledge events to date – and we want you to
The 2012 theme of OKFestival is Open Knowledge in Action, looking at the
value that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the ecosystems of
organisations that can benefit from this, and the impacts that transparency
can have in our societies.
This year’s schedule (http://okfestival.org/schedule/) is diverse, with
over 13 guest-planned Topic Streams:
* Open Democracy and Citizen Movements
* Transparency and Accountability
* Open Cities http://okfestival.org/opencities/
* Open Design, Hardware, Manufacturing and Making
* Open Cultural Heritage http://okfestival.org/open-cultural-heritage/
* Open Development http://okfestival.org/open-development/
* Open Research and Education
* Open Geodata http://okfestival.org/open-geodata/
* Open Source Software http://okfestival.org/open-source-software/
* Data Journalism and Data Visualization
* Gender and Diversity in Openness
* Business and Open Data http://okfestival.org/business-and-data/
* Open Knowledge and Sustainability
* A series of hackathons and coding jams including a Green Hackathon with
CESC, a hackathon wherethe cultural heritage stream teams up with open
science, and an introductory coding jam with RailsGirls Finland.
* A variety of participatory sessions from hands-on open hardware workshops
in Finland’s first FABlab to the world’s first Art of Open Data Cooking
workshop to sessions on the School of Data.
* A set of in-depth meetings on different topics related to openness, from
developer meetups about Open Source software with Finland’s OpenMind
conference, to sessions on the Open Government Partnershipand a new EU
Citizens’ Initiative, to a live broadcast between innovation hubs in
Finland and Africa.
* An increasingly-imminent list of Featured Speakers from the Gapminder
Foundation‘s Hans Rosling to Member of European Parliament Anneli
Jäätteenmäki to the World Bank‘s Carlos Rossel to the Free Software
Foundation‘s Karsten Gerloff to Climate Change Capital‘s James Cameron.
DATES & ACCOMMODATION
OKFestival 2012 runs from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd of September. We
offer both day and week tickets, with week tickets covering all three of
OKFestival’s action-packed Core Conference Days (
http://okfestival.org/schedule/) from Tuesday 18th September to Thursday
20th September. A variety of Satellite Events (
http://okfestival.org/schedule/) are also running before and after the
event, with a summary and debrief day on Friday 21st September. From
Couchsurfing with Finnish locals (
http://www.couchsurfing.org/activity/view/5IO0U5) to hotels in downtown
Helsinki, there are many affordable travel and accommodation options (
http://okfestival.org/accommodation/) available to make your stay in
Finland a great one.
Tickets are available online (
http://okfestival.org/early-bird-okfest-tickets/) - reserve yours now to
join the largest open knowledge crowd of the year in Finland. Tickets are
selling fast and our list of confirmed festival attendees (
http://okfestival.org/festival-attendees/) continues to grow, with
participants from Jyväskylä to Guyana.
GET IN TOUCH
Have questions for our Topic Stream planners or the Core Organising Team?
Want to get involved by proposing a satellite or evening event? Feel free
to contact our Guest Programme Planners via email (
http://okfestival.org/contact/) and get involvedon Twitter (
http://twitter.com/okfestival), on our Facebook group (
https://www.facebook.com/OpenKnowledgeFestival) and on the public Flickr
Pool (http://www.flickr.com/groups/okfest/pool/). We look forward to
meeting you in Helsinki this autumn!
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*Participants in world’s largest photo contest -- Wiki Loves Monuments 2012
-- will upload images under free license for use on Wikipedia.*
*U.S. participants join Wikipedians in more than 30 countries to document
historic sites, monuments, and cultural heritage.*
San Francisco -- August 29, 2012 -- Wikipedians around the world will
participate in the world’s largest photo contest, Wiki Loves Monuments
2012, from September 1st through 30th. Thousands of volunteers in more than
30 countries will upload photos of historic sites throughout the month,
making hundreds of thousands of photos available under a free license on
Wikipedia’s image database, Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org
In last year’s contest, 5,000 photographers from 18 European countries
uploaded more than 168,000 photos. This year’s contest will have
significantly greater participation, including the United States and many
non-European countries for the first time. Volunteer Wikipedians organize
the contest in each country, with the winning photos from national contests
considered by an international jury in late October. The international jury
will announce the top-ten international photos and the overall best picture
winner in early December.
“There are millions of historically and culturally significant monuments
and buildings around the world, though most of them still have no
freely-available images on the Internet,” said Lodewijk Gelauff, one of the
founders of the first Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest in 2010. “Wiki
Loves Monuments is an important way for volunteers around the world to
showcase the cultural heritage in their countries and share these images
with everyone through Wikipedia.”
The photos will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under a free license, so
they can be used by anybody, for any purpose, as long as the photographer
is credited. Many of the photos will appear in Wikipedia, the world’s
largest encyclopedia, and all will be available to download at no cost.
“In the U.S., anybody can photograph any of the 87,000 sites on the
National Register of Historic Places for this contest,” said Peter Ekman,
national coordinator for the U.S. part of the contest. “By uploading your
photos you are sharing our national heritage with everybody in America and
in the rest of the world. The photos will be free to use, and free of cost,
*The Wiki loves Monuments App*
In conjunction with the contest this year, the Wikimedia Foundation, the
nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, has also developed a free Wiki Loves
Monuments mobile application for Android smartphones, available in the
Google app store. With this app, Wikipedians for the first time will be
able to upload photos to Wikimedia sites through their mobile devices. The
app displays nearby historic sites automatically, allows users to upload
directly through their Wikimedia accounts, and is available in many
different languages. The final version of the app will release on September
1, 2012 and will be available at
For full bios, see http://wikilovesmonuments.us/judging/
• *Carol M. Highsmith* specializes in capturing America with her
camera. Her collection at the Library of Congress has over 20,000 photos
that she has donated to the public domain.
• *Heather Moran* is the photographer and archivist of the San
Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) where she photographs and
works to digitize the Muni collection.
• *Rick Prelinger* is an archivist, teacher, writer, lecturer and
filmmaker. He is the founder and President of Prelinger Archives,
co-founder of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, and Board President
of the Internet Archive.
• *Daniel Case* has been a Wikipedia editor since 2005, and is now
an Administrator. He has focused on WikiProject:National Register of
• *Howard Cheng* is an administrator at both Wikipedia and Wikimedia
Commons who works on the “Picture of the Day,” and “On this Day…” features
on Wikipedia’s main page.
• *Daniel Schwen* is an administrator on Wikimedia Commons and
contributor of numerous Featured Pictures.
• *David Shankbone* is one of Wikipedia’s most influential
photographers, whose photos appear in over 5,000 Wikipedia articles in 200
*Grand Prize: photo tour to Hong Kong*
The top 10 photos and grand prize winner of the international Wiki Loves
Monuments contest will be announced in beginning of December. The grand
prize winner will be invited to a photo tour in Hong Kong for the annual
meeting of Wikipedia editors, photographers, and collaborators: Wikimania
International contest: http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org
U.S. contest: http://wikilovesmonuments.us
*Media contacts for international contest:*
Lodewijk Gelauff and Barbara Fischer
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Email: press(a)wikilovesmonuments.org or barbara.fischer(a)wikimedia.de
*Media contact in the United States*
Phone: (484) 238-3489
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