Please join me in welcoming Luis Bitencourt-Emilio to the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees. Luis was unanimously appointed to a 3-year
term and replaces a board-selected Trustee, Lisa Lewin, whose term ended in
November 2021 .
Currently based in São Paulo, Luis is the Chief Technology Officer at Loft,
a technology startup in the real-estate industry. He brings product and
technology experience from a globally diverse career that has spanned large
technology companies including Microsoft, online networking sites like
Reddit, and a series of entrepreneurial technology ventures focused in the
USA and Latin America. Luis has led product and technology teams across
Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. He is passionately
involved in building and promoting the entrepreneurial ecosystem for Latin
Luis has more than two decades of experience across product development,
software engineering, and data science. At Microsoft, he led engineering
teams shipping multiple Microsoft Office products. At Reddit, he led the
Knowledge Group, an engineering team that owned critical functions such as
data, machine learning, abuse detection and search. He was deeply involved
in Reddit’s growth stage and worked closely with Reddit’s communities in
that evolution. Luis also co-founded a fintech startup to help millennials
manage and automate their finances.
His career has also been shaped by a visible commitment to recruiting
diverse leaders. At Reddit, Luis was a key member of the recruitment
efforts that achieved equal representation of women engineering directors.
Luis says his proudest achievement at Microsoft was building their
Brazilian talent pipeline by working closely with local universities to
place thousands of engineering candidates at Microsoft, as well as his
involvement in expanding global recruitment to markets including Ukraine,
Poland, Great Britain, the EU and Mexico.
Luis was educated in Brazil and the United States, receiving a Bachelor of
Science in Computer Engineering with Honors from the University of
Maryland. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. He is also a
proud father and dog lover.
I would like to thank the Governance Committee, chaired by Dariusz
Jemielniak, for this nomination process as well as volunteers in our
Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities who also met with Luis or
shared their experiences.
You can find an official announcement here .
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 Lisa Lewin served from January 2019 till November 2021:
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed next Wednesday, February
16, at 9:30 PT/17:30 UTC. The theme is: Collective Attention in Wikipedia.
YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg2aE2m08Qo
As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
can also watch our past research showcases here:
The Showcase will feature the following talks:
Modeling Collective Anticipation and Response on WikipediaBy *Renaud
Lambiotte <https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/people/renaud.lambiotte> (University
of Oxford)*The dynamics of popularity in online media are driven by a
combination of endogenous spreading mechanisms and response to exogenous
shocks including news and events. However, little is known about the
dependence of temporal patterns of popularity on event-related information,
e.g. which types of events trigger long-lasting activity. Here we propose a
simple model that describes the dynamics around peaks of popularity by
incorporating key features, i.e., the anticipatory growth and the decay of
collective attention together with circadian rhythms. The proposed model
allows us to develop a new method for predicting the future page view
activity and for clustering time series. To validate our methodology, we
collect a corpus of page view data from Wikipedia associated to a range of
planned events, that are events which we know in advance will have a fixed
date in the future, such as elections and sport events. Our methodology is
superior to existing models in both prediction and clustering tasks.
Furthermore, restricting to Wikipedia pages associated to association
football, we observe that the specific realization of the event, in our
case which team wins a match or the type of the match, has a significant
effect on the response dynamics after the event. Our work demonstrates the
importance of appropriately modeling all phases of collective attention, as
well as the connection between temporal patterns of attention and
characteristic underlying information of the events they represent.
Sudden Attention Shifts on Wikipedia During the COVID-19 CrisisBy *Kristina
Gligorić <https://kristinagligoric.github.io/> (EPFL)*We study how the
COVID-19 pandemic, alongside the severe mobility restrictions that ensued,
has impacted information access on Wikipedia, the world’s largest online
encyclopedia. A longitudinal analysis that combines pageview statistics for
12 Wikipedia language editions with mobility reports published by Apple and
Google reveals massive shifts in the volume and nature of information
seeking patterns during the pandemic. Interestingly, while we observe a
transient increase in Wikipedia’s pageview volume following mobility
restrictions, the nature of information sought was impacted more
permanently. These changes are most pronounced for language editions
associated with countries where the most severe mobility restrictions were
implemented. We also find that articles belonging to different topics
behaved differently; e.g., attention towards entertainment-related topics
is lingering and even increasing, while the interest in health- and
biology-related topics was either small or transient. Our results highlight
the utility of Wikipedia for studying how the pandemic is affecting
people’s needs, interests, and concerns.
Emily Lescak (she / her)
Senior Research Community Officer
The Wikimedia Foundation
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My name is Stella Ng, and I am a Senior Manager (Policy) in Trust and
Safety at the Wikimedia Foundation. I am writing with an update on the
Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and to address a few outstanding
questions. First let me start by thanking everyone who attended last
Friday’s Conversation Hour where the Universal Code of Conduct Phase 2
Drafting committee and the Trust and Safety Policy Team provided an update
on the enforcement guidelines of the UCoC. We also had an opportunity to
respond to several questions with regards to the voting process, the
proposed enforcement guidelines, and the next steps.
As the UCoC Project Team, we realize the importance of these sessions as
they assist us to connect with you, thereby contributing to a better
understanding of the enforcement guidelines and the Universal Code of
Conduct itself. We also view these sessions as extremely important in
highlighting the upcoming voting process. Therefore, we have scheduled two
more sessions that will be held on the 25th of February 2022 at 12:00 UTC,
and on the 4th of March 2022 at 15:00 UTC, and we urge everyone who is able
to attend and dialogue with us. For more information on the upcoming
conversation sessions, please refer here
Similarly, over the last couple of weeks, we have received feedback,
recommendations, and questions with regards to the enforcement guidelines
of the UCoC. As a precursor to our meeting on the 25th of February 2022, I
thought that I could take this opportunity to highlight where we are at
As many of you are aware, the call for the UCoC was a recommendation
of the 2018-2020
Wikimedia Movement Strategy
to provide safety and inclusion for everyone. The UCoC policy was then
developed by a volunteer committee and underwent extensive community
consultations with dozens of revisions prior to the Board resolution that
adopted it. The UCoC guidelines should elevate good conduct on Wikimedia
projects and should empower all our communities to address harassment and
negative behavior while creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment
for contributors and readers. I agree with those who built the
recommendation that this will support an environment that will have great
potential to reduce bias and confusion, and to concentrate efforts at the
local level whenever possible.
With that context, I’ll answer some questions that have been posed here, at
the February 4th conversation hour, and on other platforms.
1. Where are we with the vote for enforcement guidelines for the Universal
Code of Conduct (UCoC)
As of now, a vote to ratify the enforcement guidelines for the Universal
Code of Conduct (UCoC) is scheduled for March 7, 2022 to March 21, 2022 via
SecurePoll. For more information on voting, please visit this page here
2. Who can vote?
All registered Wikimedia contributors who meet minimum activity requirements
affiliate and Wikimedia Foundation staff and contractors (employed prior to
17 January 2022), and current and former Wikimedia Foundation trustees will
have the opportunity to vote on the enforcement guidelines proposal in
*3. *Are staff forced or encouraged to vote in a specific way?
No, the staff of the Wikimedia Foundation and those of the affiliates are
not encouraged to vote in a specific way. We are encouraging everyone to
vote independently. For the Code of Conduct enforcement guidelines to be
effective, we need honest input to help us detect if there are areas of
*4. *Will people outside the Wikimedia Foundation be involved in
scrutinizing the vote to verify authenticity?
The UCoC project team has already reached out to multiple non-staff
Wikimedians with experience with global community voting and verification
processes (including the stewards) to request their experienced help in
designing and implementing the scrutinizing of the vote. The scrutinizing
team will be announced as soon as it's finalized.
*5. I*s the Trust and Safety team biased with relation to the outcome of
In answering this, let me start by noting that the Trust and Safety unit
has three arms: Policy, Disinformation, and Operations. The team
facilitating the UCoC is the Policy team. The Policy team is not involved
in investigations of user conduct. While we don't believe the Operations
team is or would be biased, this separation of functions was intentional
precisely to avoid inadvertent bias. I lead the Policy team, and we are not
assessed by whether or not this collaboratively created document reaches
approval on its first run or further development is needed. We are,
however, assessed on whether we work well with the community. This means
developing a collaborative approach to enforcing the UCoC that will
function for the community. Our goal is to meet that responsibility as well
as we can.
*6. *What do the UCoC Enforcement guidelines consist of?
The UCoC Enforcement guidelines consist of preventive work (promoting UCoC
awareness, recommending UCoC training, among others) and responsive work
(detailing a process for filing, processing reported violations, providing
resources for reported violations, designating enforcement actions for
violations…) that are intended to help community members coordinate well
together with processes that are fair and equitable across communities to
provide the safest working environment for all.
*7. *Why should I vote?
Ratification of the enforcement guidelines is necessary to finalize
enforcement pathways, processes, and actions for the UCoC. The vote on the
Enforcement Guidelines is designed to evaluate the community’s support for
the UCoC and gather feedback if voters have reservations about the present
proposals. If the enforcement guidelines are not felt to be currently ready
to test, they can be modified until they are.
While there will be time to evaluate how well they are working prior to the
one year review of both the policy and the enforcement approach, we don’t
think it will be possible to fully understand what works and what doesn’t
until we see it in practice.
We also hope that there will be immediate improvement to the conditions
volunteers experience on movement wikis. Clear expectations of behavior and
approaches when disagreements occur should help everyone.
*8. *What happens after the vote concludes?
For the Enforcement Outline to be ratified, the community-led vote will
need to be 50%+1 majority “yes”. From there, the draft will be sent to the
Board of Trustees for ratification.
If the vote produces a majority “no” or an exactly even split, the UCoC
project team will anonymize and publish the reasons given by “no” voters,
and prepare a summarized report. Members of the two UCoC Drafting
Committees will be invited to form a Revisions Committee; this group will
look at improvements to the Guidelines based on concerns raised in the
voting process. Similar to this process, the revisions will be published
for review, and a second vote will be held. This is why, if you decide to
vote "no" on ratification of the current version of the Guidelines, it's so
very important that you provide some comments about what you think needs to
*9. I*s there a voter information page that can provide me with all the
information needed for the vote?
Yes, the Foundation has set up a page to provide guidance on the vote. You
can access this page through this
Finally, allow me to remind you to attend the next conversation hours that
will be held on the 25th of February 2022 at 12:00 UTC, and on the 4th of
March 2022 at 15:00 UTC, so that we can dialogue together.
The wait is finally over! Registration is now open for EduWiki Week’s
Community Showcase and Connection session. This synchronous 3-hour-long
event includes 9 lightning talks from community members followed by a
social hour. Stay for the whole event or stop by for a few minutes, you’re
all invited to join!
You can find the registration form, important information, and other
details on Meta-Wiki. Registration is required to receive the link to
the meeting. We will be using Zoom for this session. Please register before
Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal for the event!
You will hear the result of your submission by February 11 and the agenda
will be public on February 15.
If in case, you missed submitting a session. Don’t worry! You can host
asynchronous or local events throughout the week or participate in social
media prompts. See our space on Meta-Wiki for more information or
contact me directly.
We look forward to seeing you on Feb. 23 from 13:00 UTC - 16:00 UTC to
celebrate our work and community! Please reach out to me if you have any
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Program Officer, Education
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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We are calling on all organizers, Wikimedia affiliates, and individuals
from the region to help us organize the #WikiForHumanRights2022 campaign
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التاريخ: السبت 5 فبراير 2022
الزمان: 17:00 UTC
We've just published a blog post summarising the new features and
functionality available to active Wikipedia editors in The Wikipedia
The Wikipedia Library is a tool providing active Wikipedia editors with
free access to otherwise-paywalled resources, including journals, books,
newspapers, magazines, and databases. Over the past 5-10 years the library
has built up a large collection of content from a wide range of publishers.
In the past couple of years we've been finalising the centralised Wikipedia
Library tool used for accessing all this content:
https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/. I'm really pleased to announce that
we've finished work on some long-requested and planned features which make
it really simple to use!
The library now has:
- Proxy-based authentication for direct access of resources without a
- A centralised search feature for browsing multiple collections from
- An on-wiki notification to let editors know about the library when
they have crossed the eligibility threshold (rolling out in stages
As the project I first joined the Wikimedia Foundation to work on years ago
I'm personally thrilled that we've finally been able to deploy all these
If you're eligible to use the library (500+ edits, 6+ months editing) you
can jump in and start using the library straight away. We're now working on
expanding and diversifying the content available in the library, so let us
know on the suggestions page if there are collections you want us to make
If the tool isn't currently localised into your language, you can translate
it on TranslateWiki:
We're planning to host some Office Hours, which will be a chance to get a
walkthrough of how to use the library, as well as discuss your research
needs and requests for new collections with the team. Look out for more on
that in the coming weeks.
Product Manager, The Wikipedia Library
Happy Monday! Recently, we have announced EduWiki Week
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/EduWiki_Week_2022>! A virtual
festival for free knowledge in education, from 21st February 2022 to 25th
February 2022. This will be a hybrid event with asynchronous activities,
live interviews, and a final community showcase session. Stay tuned for
The community showcase session will be on the 23rd of February from 13:00
UTC till 16:00 UTC. You can submit a proposal to highlight your work,
ideas, research or tools with the education community. The deadline to
submit a proposal is now extended till the 4th of February. Submit your
If you or your affiliate plan to organize regional events during the week,
like interviews, edit-a-thons, training or other events, please add them
to the asynchronous celebrations section.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sailesh (Wikimedia Foundation), Florencia (WM Argentina), Klara (WM
Polska), Vjollca (WM of Albanian Languages UG), Will (WikiEducation),
Kashyap, Elfego (Wikimedia Foundation).
Sailesh Patnaik (He/Him)
Program Officer, Education
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>