Dear community members,
We are going into the last days of Wikimania 2022 survey but we still want to hear from you.
This is a reminder for you to please give us your event suggestions by March 31.
Read more via https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/03/17/save-the-date-and-help-us-create-wiki…
Wikimania 2022 is coming August 11-14!
Looking forward to your survey completion.
Your friendly neighborhood Hackathon committee is thrilled to announce the
2022 Global Wikimedia Hackathon! We invite you to join us for three days of
collaborating, interactive sessions, and social fun from May 20-May 22. The
Hackathon will be held online and there will be grants available to support
local in-person meetups around the world. You can find more information
about this on our MediaWiki.org page
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2022>, which will
continue to grow over the next few weeks. For more details, read below.
Who: The Hackathon is for anyone who contributes (or wants to contribute
to) to Wikimedia’s technical areas - as code creators, maintainers,
translators, designers, technical writers and other technical roles. You
can come with a project in mind, join an existing project, or create
something new with others. The choice is yours! Newcomers are welcome.
We will send out more information on how to schedule a session in the
program soon. You can also add yourself to the participants list
mention if you would like to help with tasks such as facilitation or
welcoming newcomers. There will be scholarship stipends available- please
stay tuned for more information.
What: A Wikimedia Hackathon <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Hackathons> is
a space for the technical community to come together and work together on
technical projects, learn from each other, and make new friends.
When: May 20-May 22. The schedule will be announced shortly. We are trying
to plan events so that people in all time zones can participate
comfortably. There will be core hours several times a day when most events
will occur, and online social and hacking spaces open 24 hours a day
throughout the three days.
Where: The Hackathon will primarily be held online. However, very soon we
will share an application for local affiliates to apply for grants to host
in-person local meetups. Meetups can be anything from social gatherings
with food, to a party for watching the opening or closing ceremony, to a
pre-event workshop, to renting a venue where people can participate
together in the online event. Grants can range from 500-5000 USD. Stay
tuned for more information!
How (can you help)?:
We are seeking another committee member! The commitment is around 3
hours per week. If you are interested, please contact hlepp(a)wikimedia.org
We have an ideas page.
you interested in? What would you like to see or do in this year’s
hackathon? Please share your ideas with everyone! This is a community
Hackathon and we will work together to put on a great event.
Do you have any accessibility or translation requests? Please contact
Your Hackathon Committee
Are there any projects in the vein of Geograph <https://geograph.co.uk/>,
OSM, Yelp, or Wikipedia for people remembering and preserving images and
information about cities, city blocks, buildings? Particularly for cities
that are damaged by disaster or war, this seems like a valuable thing to do
at the granularity of "the unit that individuals photograph, remember,
share with one another".
It would be good to have a freely-licensed structural history of a city in
this fashion, block by block. And something that refugees from a crisis
could do to preserve areas they frequented.
As many of you will recall, in 2019 we filed a petition with the European
Court of Human Rights
to lift the nearly three-year block of Wikipedia in Turkey. While the block
was lifted in 2020 following a ruling
from the Turkish Constitutional Court, our case proceeded in order to
evaluate whether the Turkish law used to issue the block violated free
expression rights. Our objective was to utilize the case to further our
efforts to protect the Wikimedia projects and free knowledge more broadly
from censorship going forward.
Today, the European Court of Human Rights announced
that it is dismissing the case, while still recognizing the importance of
our concerns at the time of our filing. It cited three reasons for this
dismissal: 1) the block was lifted in 2020; 2) the block was deemed a human
rights violation by the Turkish Constitutional Court in its December 2019
and 3) the Court believes the Turkish Constitutional Court capable of
addressing future problems related to violations of free expression online.
Additionally, the Court provided guidance that the over two years taken by
the Turkish Constitutional Court to address the violation may in the future
be seen as an excessive delay for governments to take action in cases of
Because our primary goal when we filed the case was to restore access to
Wikipedia in Turkey, we understand the Court’s decision and still see this
outcome as a win. The Court acknowledged a human rights violation in our
case, and affirmed that restoring access was an important step in
addressing the violation.
However, we also recognize that this ruling comes at a time when access to
knowledge continues to be under threat around the world, including in
Russia where authorities recently demanded the removal of content on
related to the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine. We will continue
to work with you all to defend the right of everyone to freely access and
participate in knowledge, today and into the future.
Read more about the decision in our statement
and help amplify the message using our social media resources on Diff
Leighanna Mixter (she/her)
Senior Legal Manager
San Francisco, California, USA (UTC -7)
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to, or serve as a lawyer for, community members, volunteers, or staff
members in their personal capacity. For more on what this means, please see
our legal disclaimer
The Celtic Knot organizing team is very happy to announce that the
conference dedicated to minoritized languages on the Wikimedia projects
will be back for its 6th edition, on July 1-2, 2022
Broader than the Celtic family languages, the event gathers people from
communities and languages that are underrepresented on the Wikimedia
projects. It is a place where people working on growing and maintaining
their communities can meet, learn from each other, and support each other
on topics like community growth, technical tools, or collaboration with
partners. Wikidata, as the platform to centralize, organize, and distribute
multilingual content, is a strong focus of the event.
For the Celtic Knot 2022
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Knot_Conference_2022>, we want to
build a light and sharp program, with a *strong focus on skills and
knowledge exchange*. Thanks to the input from the community, we identified
several important topics that we will address during interactive workshops
and guided discussions. We will make sure that participants can connect
with people from like-minded growing communities, share their experiences
with others, and bring back what they learned to their communities.
This year, we’re experimenting with a *hybrid format for the conference*:
while the core program will take place entirely online on Friday, July 1st,
and Saturday, July 2nd, we will encourage local groups and language
communities to organize onsite events before, during or after the
conference. The core program will be available in replay to make sure that
the content is accessible asynchronously.
The program of the conference is still under construction, as well as the
concept for onsite events, participants support, and various other
logistical aspects. We will regularly post updates on the talk page of the
event on Meta
The core organizing team is composed of Daria Cybulska, Richard Nevell
(WMUK) and Léa Lacroix (WMDE). If you have ideas or suggestions, if you
would like to get involved in the conference as a helper, feel free to
contact any of us.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Celtic Knot!
On behalf of the organization team,
Community Engagement Coordinator
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.