We just concluded day one of Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021. Some of the
participants, presenters attended the session during odd hours. Thanks for
the support, and participation.
Tomorrow (20 February) is day two and we have interesting sessions as well.
* Special morning session: We have a special morning session: 10:30 to
11:00 am IST / 5:00 am to 5:30 UTC /10:30 am. Wikimedia Foundation
Executive director Katherine Maher will share remarks about the future of
the movement, movement strategy, and support for emerging communities. She
will be joined by Amanda Keton, General Counsel, and a member of the
Wikimedia Foundation’s Transition Team for open Q&A.
* Main session: Our Main Session starts at 2:00 pm IST and we have sessions
in the Technical and Wikimedia Strategy track. Please see all programs of
All the sessions will be recorded.
Hope to see a similarly enthusiastic response. You may see the "Quick
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I have the pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Italy has a new board composed of Stefano Dal Bo (vicepresident), Paolo Mauri (segretary), Marta Pigazzini (treasurer), Lucia Marsicano (members liaison) and myself Iolanda Pensa (president)
You can find our 2019 annual report in English on meta and we will be uploading our 2020 report after our annual assembly in May.
We are looking forward to exchange and discuss with all of you about the implementation of Wikimedia 2030 strategy, the code of conduct, governance and the topics that invest our international communities.
Iolanda Pensa - user:iopensa
President Wikimedia Italia
The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed on Wednesday, February 17,
at 9:00 AM PST/17:00 UTC (Note that this is 30 minutes earlier than the
usual time). This month’s showcase will be around the topic of censorship
(of Wikipedia). In the first talk, Daniel Romero presents a study examining
the effect of censorship on the collaborative behavior of editors. In the
second talk, Margaret Roberts presents work on disaggregating the effects
of censorship on proactive vs incidental consumption of information.
Youtube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z52wPt34rJc
As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
can also watch our past research showcases here:
Speaker: Daniel Romero (University of Michigan)
Title: Shocking the Crowd: The Effect of Censorship Shocks on Chinese
Abstract: Collaborative crowdsourcing has become a popular approach to
organizing work across the globe. Being global also means being vulnerable
to shocks – unforeseen events that disrupt crowds – that originate from any
country. In this study, we examine changes in collaborative behavior of
editors of Chinese Wikipedia that arise due to the 2005 government
censorship in mainland China. Using the exogenous variation in the fraction
of editors blocked across different articles due to the censorship, we
examine the impact of reduction in group size, which we denote as the shock
level, on three collaborative behavior measures: volume of activity,
centralization, and conflict. We find that activity and conflict drop on
articles that face a shock, whereas centralization increases. The impact of
a shock on activity increases with shock level, whereas the impact on
centralization and conflict is higher for moderate shock levels than for
very small or very high shock levels. These findings provide support for
threat rigidity theory – originally introduced in the organizational theory
literature – in the context of large-scale collaborative crowds.
Speaker: Margaret Roberts (University of California San Diego)
Title: Censorship's Effect on Incidental Exposure to Information: Evidence
Abstract: The fast-growing body of research on internet censorship has
examined the effects of censoring selective pieces of political information
and the unintended consequences of censorship of entertainment. However, we
know very little about the broader consequences of coarse censorship or
censorship that affects a large array of information such as an entire
website or search engine. In this study, we use China’s complete block of
Chinese language Wikipedia (zh.wikipedia.org) on May 19, 2015, to
disaggregate the effects of coarse censorship on proactive consumption of
information—information users seek out—and on incidental consumption of
information—information users are not actively seeking but consume when
they happen to come across it. We quantify the effects of censorship of
Wikipedia not only on proactive information consumption but also on
opportunities for exploration and incidental consumption of information. We
find that users from mainland China were much more likely to consume
information on Wikipedia about politics and history incidentally rather
than proactively, suggesting that the effects of censorship on incidental
information access may be politically significant.
This is a short announcement to inform you that the latest edition of
Wiki Loves Africa has launched !
The 2021 theme is "Health and Wellness" (surprised ?)
and can include representations of/traditional or western medical
interventions or personnel/,/healthy eating/, or/exercise/etc..
Contest page is here :
There is a lot of info being published at the moment from the main
twitter account and facebook account. Do not hesitate to follow, like,
share etc. (links on the contest page)
Many country teams are involved and you are welcome to support them in
whatever way you will feel most helpful and relevant ;)
WLA over the last 6 years is
* Over*64,000 images*collected
* *8,120 unique*submitters
* Images viewed*520 millions*times altogether (Sept 2020)
* 270+ events in 23 African countries
* Submitted images*viewed 41 million times*each month (April 2020);
* *80%+ of competitors*are newbies;
For those interested by meta topics:
PS: we are looking for some volunteer jury members from ANY country to
help serve on national juries to support the small teams. If interested,
please contact us.
(French, English or Arabic speaking please).
Congratulations Iolanda, a new woman president, is great news!
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> I have the pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Italy has a new board
> composed of Stefano Dal Bo (vicepresident), Paolo Mauri (segretary), Marta
> Pigazzini (treasurer), Lucia Marsicano (members liaison) and myself Iolanda
> Pensa (president)
> You can find our 2019 annual report in English on meta and we will be
> uploading our 2020 report after our annual assembly in May.
> We are looking forward to exchange and discuss with all of you about the
> implementation of Wikimedia 2030 strategy, the code of conduct, governance
> and the topics that invest our international communities.
> Iolanda Pensa - user:iopensa
> President Wikimedia Italia
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Italia <