Last year, as part of our annual planning process, the Wikimedia Foundation
shared a list of external trends
that we believed were likely to significantly impact the context in which
the Wikimedia movement operates. Our focus at the time was on the changing
nature of search, the astronomical rise in the global demand for content,
and rich media content in particular, and the concerning rise of
misinformation and disinformation. We heard from many in our movement about
additional trends that our movement faces that we didn’t include in that
list, but that are critical to how we as a movement operate, including the
de-prioritization of investigative journalism, and the damage to GLAM
institutions wrought by the global pandemic.
As part of this year’s annual planning process, we set out to update that
list. In particular, we’ve been tracking recent advancements in artificial
intelligence (AI). In our recent Diff post on the topic,  we noted some
risks as well as some potential opportunities for our movement as this
technology continues to evolve. Since there has been a great deal of
interest in and discussion about AI products like ChatGPT and what it means
for Wikimedia over the past few months (including several threads on the
topic on this mailing list), we’d love to explore this topic in more depth
with you and continue the conversation about its implications for us as a
free knowledge movement.
I’d like to invite you all to an open call on 23 March at 18:00 UTC (find
your local time here)  where we can share reflections on the
opportunities, risks, and questions we see raised by new AI tools and
The call will be held on Zoom. If you’re interested in joining, email
answers(a)wikimedia.org and we will share the Zoom link with you via email.
We will work to coordinate interpretation for languages where there are 3
or more interested community members; please email answers(a)wikimedia.org
with interpretation requests as well.
For those who are unable to join the call, but interested in following and
contributing to the conversation, we plan to share notes on our External
Trends Meta page  afterward so that you can add your thoughts.
Whether in person or on-wiki, I hope you’ll share your ideas so that we can
all get a broader understanding of the potential benefits and challenges of
this emergent technology. Looking forward to the discussion!
*Yael Weissburg* (she/her)
VP, Partnerships, Programs & Grantmaking
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
M: (+1) 415.513.6643
I work from San Francisco. My time zone is UTC -7/-8.
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met in person in New York City
over March 8-11. The official Board of Trustees meeting was held on March
9. During the Board meeting, the Board approved the December meeting
minutes , and approved an update to the Talent and Culture Committee
composition, with Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight becoming the chair . The
Board also approved the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines
, as mentioned in Shani’s prior email to the list.
Also, the Product & Technology, Governance Committee, Community Affairs
Committee took advantage of the time together to conduct their own meetings.
Operational and committee updates were shared with the Board prior to the
meeting itself as a pre-read and did not require Board action, you can see
the board committee reports here . The Board also received updates on
the Foundation’s annual planning process for the 2023-2024 fiscal year,
ahead of a first draft of the plan that will be shared with communities in
Following the Board meeting, there was a two-day planning meeting where the
Board was brought together with the Wikimedia Endowment Board and eight
representatives from the Movement Charter Drafting Committee for the first
time. The goal of this meeting was to engage in longer-term planning about
the work of the Foundation across multiple years. There were discussions
around the Foundation’s approach to fundraising and how that can evolve in
coming years, a long-term view on product and technology strategy aligned
with the three buckets of work that CPTO Selena Deckelmann has already
and Foundation support for other priorities around the movement using
education as an example. Importantly, the retreat enabled these groups to
engage with each other as partners.
The Board will meet again virtually in June and then in person at Wikimania
in Singapore, where I hope to see some of you as well. Until Wikimania, you
are all invited to meet the Board in the next Open Conversation with
Trustees, that will be hosted on May 18
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
*NOTICE: You may have received this message outside of your normal working
hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
should not feel obligated to answer it during your days off. Thank you in
The Universal Code of Conduct project team has completed the analysis of
the comments accompanying the ratification vote on the Revised Universal
Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines.
All respondents had the opportunity to provide comments regarding the
contents of the Revised Enforcement Guideline draft document. A total of
369 participants left comments in 18 languages; compared to 657 commenters
in 27 languages in 2022. The Trust and Safety Policy team completed an
analysis of these results, categorizing comments to identify major themes
and areas of focus within the comments. The report is available in
translated versions on Meta-wiki here
Please help translate into your language.
Again, we are thankful to all who participated in the vote and
discussions. More information about the Universal Code of Conduct and
Enforcement Guidelines can be found on Meta-wiki
On behalf of the Universal Code of Conduct project team,
Lead Trust & Safety Policy Manager
My Fellow Wikimedians,
Thanks you very much for your kind interest in submitting program
proposals. Program submissions officially closed at 29 March 2023 at 13:59
We received 594 program submissions and we will remove the spam submissions
accordingly. Program subcommittee *may* announce soon another round of
submissions on poster sessions (depending on the result of the first batch
of poster proposals) and details of the Hackathon in Wikimania 2023.
Please take opportunity to refine and edit your program submissions on
Pretalx.com. The jurors will start screening your applications in April.
Don't take risk of editing it within the month April as you don't know if
your submission is already scored before your refinements/ edits.
Please check the program submissions wiki page and FAQ on what qualities we
are looking for a program content in Wikimania 2023 and the next steps.
If you are interested on knowing the submitted program proposals, go to
Event lead, ESEAP Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team
Chair, Program Subcommittee
*For direct inquiries, please contact us organizers on our group mail :
wikimania(a)wikimedia.org <wikimania(a)wikimedia.org>. We discourage you to
click "reply all" as this is a large mailing list*.
As we are gearing up with the WikiForHumanRights activities in different
communities and regions, we want to ensure that we join forces to raise
awareness and create visibility for the community efforts you are leading
in the campaign.
*If you are organizing local activities for the WikiForHumanRights 2023
campaign and to make sure your community is not missing in our
communication strategy, please add your community details to this event
*Also, ensure that you create your community program dashboard under the
campaign central dashboard here
*And this one is for the T-shirt lovers -- you have been gifted with an
amazing design for the community events here
free to add this to all of the incredible energy you are building in the
campaign. We need all the loudness in driving change.*
Please help share in your communities!
Today, Tuesday, March 28 is the final date of program proposal submission
for Wikimania 2023.
We are elated to receive more than 300 program proposal submissions for
This is not just for onsite in Singapore. Please consider submitting a
poster session proposal or a pre-recorded video session format. We love to
see your proposals under these session formats as well!
To submit one, just click the blue button at
Event Lead, ESEAP Wikimania 2023 Core Organizing Team
FYI, I asked WMF Communication Team about any plans of using Mastodon in future.
Here is their response  "The Digital Communications team has been researching Mastodon and considering our potential involvement with the platform in the future. At this time, we have no plans to create an account for the Foundation or Wikipedia. This is mainly because our observations show us that Mastodon is not yet reaching a large audience, which is one of the key objectives of our communications activity on social media. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our recommendations and practices to keep within our objectives."