The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). Please note, on
this occasion, we are holding this meeting on the second Wednesday in
The IRC channel is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will
be broadcast as a live YouTube stream.
Each month at the metrics meeting, we will:
* Welcome recent hires
* Present reports/updates that are focused on a key theme or topic: the
theme for April's meeting is Fundraising
* Engage in questions/discussions
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Executive Assistant to the VP of Product & Strategy and the VP of
Wikimedia Foundation \\ www.wikimediafoundation.org
In order to encourage the expansion of knowledge, we’ve been considering
new ways to support and develop the work you do. Collaboration is an
essential part of the Wikimedia movement, and today, I’m excited to let you
know about a new addition at the Wikimedia Foundation that will support our
collaboration with like-minded organizations.
For some time now, we’ve planned to hire a Vice President of Strategic
Partnerships. Today, I am pleased to announce that Kourosh Karimkhany will
step into this role on March 30, 2015.
Kourosh will be responsible for crafting a strategy to grow long-term value
for Wikimedia projects through building meaningful partnerships, projects,
and relationships on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation. He will become
part of the C-level team and will report to Lisa Gruwell. Kourosh will also
oversee Wikipedia Zero, which will transition to the partnerships team.
The Wikimedia community has many fruitful and creative partnerships that
help support knowledge creation and sharing around the world. The
partnerships Kourosh will support will will help us better support these
partnerships and your work, as well as grow strategic initiatives we take
on at the WMF.
Kourosh was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. as a child with his family.
Today, he is an experienced digital media professional with a passion for
sharing information with the world. He started his career as a technology
journalist covering Silicon Valley for Bloomberg, Reuters and Wired. He
switched to the business side of media when he joined Yahoo as senior
producer of Yahoo News. Later, he led corporate development at Conde Nast
where he spearheaded the acquisition of Wired.com, Ars Technica and Reddit.
He also cofounded Food Republic in 2009, which was acquired in 2013. He's
an active angel investor and startup advisor.
In light of the expanded scope of the Fundraising team and the revamped
partnerships team, we’re changing the team's name to better reflect their
mission. The new name is the Advancement Department. To learn more about
the new role, visit the FAQ here:
Please join me in welcoming Kourosh as the newest member of the WMF
leadership team. We have many exciting projects in 2015 and I’m looking
forward to all the great things we will accomplish as we work together to
support our mission.
I'm sure many of you recall the Netflix Prize
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix_Prize>. This is that, for Wikipedia!
Although the initial goal of the Netflix Prize was to design a
collaborative filtering algorithm, it became notorious when the data was
used to de-anonymize Netflix users. Researchers proved that given just a
user's movie ratings on one site, you can plug those ratings into another
site, such as the IMDB. You can then take that information, and with some
Google searches and optionally a bit of cash (for websites that sell user
information, including, in some cases, their SSN) figure out who they are.
You could even drive up to their house and take a selfie with them, or
follow them to work and meet their boss and tell them about their views on
the topics they were editing.
Here, we'll cut straight to the privacy chase. Using just the full history
dump of the English Wikipedia, excluding edits from any logged-in users,
identify five people. You must confirm their identities with them, and
privately prove to me that you've done this. I will then nominate you as
the winner and send you one million Satoshis (the smallest unit of Bitcoin,
times 1 million), in addition to updating this thread.
I suspect this challenge will be very easy for anyone who is determined.
Indeed, even if MediaWiki no longer displayed IP addresses, there would
still be enough information to identify people. Completely getting rid of
the edit history would largely solve the problem. In the mean time, this
Prize will serve as a reminder that when Wikipedia says "Your IP address
will be publicly visible if you make any edits." what they mean is, "People
will probably be able to figure out where you live and embarrass you."
An extra million Satoshis for each NSA employee that you identify. A full
bitcoin if you take a selfie with them.
Let the games begin!
1. Where can I find a response from either the WMF board or WMF
funding/finance to the criticisms of a lack of transparency or the
apparent failure of the project to deliver value for the donor's money
as raised in this blog post?
2. Where can I read an officially recognized report for the outcomes
of this project in terms of value for Wikimedia projects? Obviously we
do not want to rely on second-hand analysis when reports to the WMF
are a requirement for such projects.
Actually, not so much a personel org chart, but rather a general
description what the function titles mean (ED, Director, Manager, Chief,
Head etc.), which supposedly should be much more stable and therefore
easier to grasp? For someone not embedded in US company nomenclature this
is all quite confusing and the general description articles on enwiki are
not very helpful either...
On Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 12:47 AM, MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com> wrote:
> Lodewijk wrote:
> >In Wikimedian spirit, i would like to take the opportunity to ask the
> >silly question: is the structure of what all titles in Wikimedia mean,
> >described somewhere? Because to be honest, I'm getting all confused about
> >who ranks what in the structure of directors, vice presidents, chiefs,
> >heads, managers and seniors. I was, silly me, always under the impression
> >that a Vice President was basically just below the ED - on the C-level.
> >I was looking for this info to be perhaps linked from the staff &
> >contractors page on wmfwiki, but i don't seem to be able to find it. Could
> >someone enlighten, and perhaps add it somewhere if not there yet? I recall
> >having asked this question also a few years back and that a list was made,
> >but I can't find it any longer...
> I think you're talking about an org chart here. The Wikimedia Foundation
> used to have one, but they're kind of annoying to maintain and any public
> version basically fell apart years ago. Last I saw, it was a tool on Labs,
> but it's been through several iterations. The page histories (of the
> article and the template) on wikimediafoundation.org will have references
> to it if you go back a few years.
> Re: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Template:Staff_and_contractors
> The template page includes a table of contents, which is not yet updated
> to reflect this new department, but is still really helpful for
> understanding the organization's structure nonetheless. Bonus: that page
> also auto-expands the sections for faster and easier searching. Viewing
> the template page instead of the article is a nice little hack for now.
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This press release is also available online here:
A version of this as a blog post is available here:
Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Kourosh Karimkhany as VP of Strategic
- *New position to advance knowledge and mission through strategic
The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to welcome Kourosh Karimkhany as Vice
President of Strategic Partnerships on March 30, 2015. In this newly
created role, Kourosh will initiate, maintain, and grow strategic
relationships and partnerships that advance the Wikimedia mission, support
the community, and increase access to knowledge globally.
Today, Wikipedia attracts nearly half a billion visitors and more than 20
billion page views each month. At the same time, hundreds of millions of
people interact with data and content from the Wikimedia projects on third
party platforms and properties. Our mission is to make the sum of all human
knowledge freely available to the world, and content distribution and
sharing play a key role in that process.
The Wikimedia Foundation has created this new strategic role to identify
and manage these opportunities, and convert some of them into sharing and
distribution partnerships in order to advance our mission. Kourosh joins us
in this senior leadership role to craft a partnership strategy and create
long-term value for Wikimedia projects through partnerships, projects, and
“Our aim is to empower people around the world with knowledge,” said Lila
Tretikov <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lila_Tretikov>, executive director
of the Wikimedia Foundation. “To fulfill that goal, we need to think
creatively about opportunities to work with like-minded organizations.
Kourosh will help us focus on our continued service to our community and
users, and progress toward our mission.”
As Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Kourosh will oversee the
Wikimedia Foundation’s partnership strategy, including Wikipedia Zero, a
partnership-based project. Wikipedia Zero is designed to increase access to
knowledge for people around the world. Applying additional focus to that
work and orienting it within a larger partnerships strategy will help us
work more effectively to achieve our mission.
The many fruitful and creative partnerships the Wikimedia community has
already built to support knowledge creation and sharing around the world
will be better supported as a result of this change. The partnerships group
will help us identify the strategic initiatives we must take on at the WMF
and increase our ability to support the movement and mission.
Kourosh is an experienced digital media executive. He started his career as
a technology journalist covering Silicon Valley for Bloomberg, Reuters and
Wired. He switched to the business side of media when he joined Yahoo as
senior producer of Yahoo News. Later, he was the head of corporate
development at Conde Nast where he spearheaded the acquisition of
Wired.com, Ars Technica and Reddit. He also cofounded Food Republic in
2009, which was acquired in 2013. He is an active angel investor and
Kourosh will report to Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell under the
newly created Advancement Department. To learn more about these changes,
please see our FAQ <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Partnerships_FAQ>.
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia consists of more than 34
million articles in 288 languages. Every month, tens of thousands of active
volunteers contribute to Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. With
nearly half a billion monthly users, projects operated by the Wikimedia
Foundation are one of the most popular web properties in the world. Based
in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
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Like last year, we've published our work in progress FDC proposal on meta :
We are currently in the process of improving and proofreading it with our
If you have time to spare and are interested in this, please feel free to
prrofread it or ask questions on the talk page. Don't be afraid, we wrote
less than last year, and this year's half the length of the last one!
In the mean time, if you spot errors or parts you don't totally get, please
tell us, we'll do our best to improve it before Monday evening.
Also, if you have any questions regarding our programs for next year, don't
wait Tuesday to ask us questions about it.
Thanks to anyone who will help us improve our proposal.
All the best,
Christophe HENNER | Président
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