Dariusz, Chair of the BGC: "Cryptocurrency
and blockchains were not a
factor here – the Governance Committee, and then the Board, were
considering other things..."
This is so wrong it's painful to read. The fundamental job of the
Governance Committee is to ensure that appointed trustees do not come with
the potential to cause harm to the Wikimedia 'brand' and the community.
A WMF trustee that promotes Bitcoin and NFTs? Compare with the WMF
statement "We at the Wikimedia Foundation strive to ensure that our work
and mission support a sustainable world" - now in the bin as it lacks any
credibility from here on, as the governance committee and therefore the
board of trustees does not believe in these values. This is not a
successful appointment, Luis Bitencourt-Emilio is not welcome as they are a
controversial and damaging addition to the board.
On Thu, 13 Jan 2022 at 13:40, Dariusz Jemielniak <
Thank you for the feedback!
The search for a trustee with an expertise in product and technology
began a few months ago. One of the problems we identified was that the
Wikimedia Foundation CTOs (Chief Technology Officer) are usually not
staying for a long period of time, and then there was also a CPO (Chief
Product Officer) transition. It was also important that the new CEO (Chief
Executive Officer) would like to have a trustee with relevant experience
and leadership in the tech world (as would the Board itself), but also with
the understanding and experience of how technology and communities can work
together, so, as you said, Reddit experience is very relevant.
The other critical factor was diversity – the search was prioritizing
candidates with experience outside of Silicon Valley, in non-English
speaking countries, preferably from the Global South.
And, of course, we also needed a commitment to spend enough time on the
Board work – to be engaged and present. For example, Luis met online and
offline with Wikimedia volunteers from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking
communities, he is eager to help us with his knowledge and experience.
Cryptocurrency and blockchains were not a factor here – the Governance
Committee, and then the Board, were considering other things Luis brings to
the table, the needed expertise, diversity and commitment.
I personally am not particularly fond of cryptocurrencies, even though
I appreciate blockchain as a technology, and support e.g. decentralized
). We as a movement have not
had a uniform stand on this, and I’m not sure if we should, though.
Dariusz (chair of the BGC)
On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 1:40 PM Dan Garry (Deskana) <djgwiki(a)gmail.com>
> Thanks for the update, Nataliia. Knowledge and expertise in product
> and technology is a skill set that has been lacking on the Board, and it's
> great to see the Board addressing this by co-opting product and technology
> leaders. Luis's experience, such as his time at reddit, will likely be very
> applicable to our movement.
> However, I'm surprised that the Board chose to co-opt someone who
> seems to have such a public focus on technology like blockchains and
> cryptocurrency, and that this focus of his was omitted from this
> It would be helpful if we could hear from Luis how he intends to use
> his knowledge and expertise to contribute to the movement as a Board
> member, and to what extent he considers blockchain and cryptocurrency to
> factor into that.
> On Wed, 12 Jan 2022 at 17:20, Nataliia Tymkiv <ntymkiv(a)wikimedia.org>
>> Dear All,
>> 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
>> American-based startups.
>> 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 .
>> PS. You can help translate or find translations of this message on
>>  Lisa Lewin served from January 2019 till November 2021:
>> Best regards,
>> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
>> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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prof. dr hab. Dariusz Jemielniak kierownik katedry MINDS
<https://nerds.kozminski.edu.pl/>, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego
członek korespondent Polskiej Akademii Nauk <https://pan.pl/>
faculty associate Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society
<https://cyber.harvard.edu/>, Harvard University
Ważniejsze książki: Collaborative Society
<https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/collaborative-society> (2020, MIT
Press, z A. Przegalińską), Thick Big Data
Oxford University Press), Common Knowledge?
<https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=24010> (2014, Stanford University
- Jędrzej Chrzanowski, Julia Sołek, Dariusz Jemielniak, Wojciech
Fendler (2021) Assessing Public Interest Based on Wikipedia’s Most
Visited Medical Articles During the SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak
<https://www.jmir.org/2021/4/e26331/>, *Journal of Medical Internet
- Natalia Banasik-Jemielniak, Dariusz Jemielniak, Wojciech Pędzich
(2021) Intercessory Rote Prayer, Life Longevity and the Mortality
of Roman Catholic Bishops: An Exploratory Study
of Religion and Health*, doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01214-9
- Natalia Banasik-Jemielniak, Dariusz Jemielniak, Maciej
Wilamowski (2021) Psychology and Wikipedia: Measuring Psychology
Journals’ Impact by Wikipedia Citations
, *Social Science Computer Review, *
- Agata Stasik, Dariusz Jemielniak (2021) Public involvement in
risk governance in the internet era: impact of new rules of building trust
Journal of Risk Research, doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2020.1864008
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