a couple of weeks ago, I noticed this interview given by Sue to
m/Oppenheim Associates <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gRqtx9-A0c>.
At 11:19 <http://youtu.be/4gRqtx9-A0c?t=11m19s> Sue mentions that in the
next year (2013/2014), the WMF is going to spend US$55 million.
Are there any documents that we as community members could read to see
what exactly will this money be spent on? And is mentioning budget plans
on YouTube now the preferred way of communication between the WMF and
its donors/community members?
Those oft you interested in Internet governance can follow the EuroDIG conference in Lisbon right now via webcast:
and / or follow the hastag #EuroDIG in Twitter.
Yesterday we had the General Assembly oft EURALO, the regional at-large organisation where I represent Wikimedia CH and Wikimedia Österreich AS members of ICANN At-Large. I will serve another term von the EURALO board.
We had a very interesting visit from ICANN's new president and CEO Fahdi Chehade. With its multi-stakeholder approach and also developed and grown based in external needs and in ever-changing environment it faces similar challenges like the Wikimedia movement. This was a surprising understanding for me, having experienced ICANN as a big, bureaucratic organisation. I am aiming toward an exchange, being aware that is still hard to be heard within ICANN but without our critical and demanding voices we give away our ability to influence policy making on the Internet.
We wanted to thank all of you who participated in this election,
voters as well as candidates who helped stir the debate around the
Funds Dissemination Committee. We are aware of the responsibility that
you have chosen us to take up and are looking forward to working with
the other FDC members and FDC dedicated staff, as well as all the
volunteers and staff in Wikimedia organisations that are taking part
in the FDC process.
As first community elected members, we are bringing your voice to the
FDC process and hope that you will participate as much as possible in
the forthcoming debates, evaluations and assessments and support us in
making the right decisions concerning funds dissemination to all
entities supporting Wikimedia's mission and sharing our vision. The
FDC process will only work better and develop smoothly if we all
participate in it. The FDC portal on meta  is a good way to start
learning more about the FDC and the Community participation page 
is a good bookmark to have on your watchlist to know where your
participation and feedback are needed.
In any case, should you have any questions about the FDC or the FDC
process, please do ask them and we will do our best to answer them
timely and accurately, along with our fellows FDC members and staff.
We want to extend our congratulations to Susanna for being reappointed
as FDC Ombudsperson and to the newly (re-)elected Trustees of the
Wikimedia Foundation, María, Phoebe and Sj. And our thanks to all
members of the election committee for the tremendous work in this
Delphine & Cristian
Wikipedia for prisoners – an unexpected partnership between a swiss prison and Wikimedia CH
Following an initiative from Emmanuel Engelhart, with the support of Wikimedia CH CAO, Chantal Ebongué, since March 2013, prisoners who request can have an access to Wikipedia offline (Kiwix project). The idea is to stimulate or to support the interest for education of prisoners who were, for a large majority, condemned to long-time sentences.
After three months of pilot phasis, the project is successful : Among the 36 prisoners of the Bellevue’s prison in Gorgier, 18 possess or rent a computer. All of them requested the upload of Wikipedia offline on their PC. For security reasons, swiss prisoners have a very restricted access to internet.
More informations in the press releases (ENG, DE, FR, IT) that was sent today to the swiss media
Charles ANDRES, Chairman
"Wikimedia CH" – Association for the advancement of free knowledge –
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I am very happy to announce a favorable decision we have recently received
in an Italian defamation case brought against the Wikimedia Foundation by
former Italian Minister of Defense and Berlusconi advisor, Mr. Cesare
You can read more about it in our latest blog
in English and Italian).
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It is my pleasure to draw your attention to the resolution adopted by the
Affiliations Committee yesterday  that recognizes the GLAM Wiki U.S.
Consortium as the fifth Wikimedia User Group.
The GLAM-Wiki US Consortium will bring together cultural organizations,
Wikipedians, Wikimedia chapters, and individuals in an independent
community of practice devoted to supporting the GLAM-Wikimedia initiative
in the United States
Wikimedia User Groups are one of the three new types of affiliations
created last year to empower volunteers wanting to conduct offline work.
User group status is meant to be an easy form of affiliation, where the
main requirements are an agreed goal, plans for offline work and a history
of projects, and at least three people participating, as well as a public
wiki page with all the relevant information.
Please join me in welcoming the Consortium to the Wikimedia affiliate
family, and go ahead and sign up to be a member if you would like to
participate in its work.