Can our user group support this initiative?
Does it make sense to ask the FCC to enforce something they don't like?
Would a full legislative approach make more sense?
Or maybe Wyden knows what he's talking about - he's good!....
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From: Peter Meyer <peter.meyer(a)wikidc.org>
Date: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 6:35 PM
Subject: Fwd: Continuing the U.S. Net Neutrality conversation
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*Subject:* *Continuing the U.S. Net Neutrality conversation*
Great conversation today about Net Neutrality in the United States, and the
importance for Wikimedia.
A few action items we discussed:
- *To do*: Talk with other US Wikimedia organizations to get their
opinion on a Wikipedia banner (or blackout) support Net Neutrality.
- Rob is putting together a list of US Wikimedia groups for
conversations—Can you share the link?
- *To do*: Share some resources on Wikimedia's position on Net
Neutrality and the timeline. Please see below for some documents from the
- *To do*: Decide how (and if) to present the position of the US
Wikimedia organizations for community consensus on a banner or other
community action. You can see the previous discussion from last year here
- *To do*: Decide if you want to meet with Senator Wyden, to share what
the Wikimedia community is doing, and also to start building a relationship
and asking for other support for Wikimedia (great suggestion from Josh). If
you don't want to, or if you don't think it's feasible to meet this short
timeline, "no" is also fine.
Some resources from the Foundation:
- More information here
is available on the pending resolution to CRA resolution. The resolution
may need a Senate vote *before the end of May*, so if the Wikimedia
community plans to take action, a decision is likely necessary within the
next two weeks.
- In August 2017, the Foundation to the FCC (here
commenting on its proposal to deregulate ISPs and urging it not to roll
back the net neutrality rules that had been in place since 2015.
- In December 2017, the Foundation published a blog post (here
in which we explain that the ability to freely connect and find information
online is important for access to knowledge and online collaboration. We
urged the FCC again not to roll back the net neutrality rules.
I took a few notes during the meeting on great suggestions:
- There was general interest in the room for a banner of some sort, but
it may be worth proposing other bolder options too.
- It's useful to have a clear statement about how an issue like Net
Neutrality affects the Wikimedia community. Keep it simple. Have good
- Consider how to appeal to Spanish-speaking populations in the United
States. If the community supports a banner geolocated to the US, should it
include both Spanish and English Wikipedia?
- Color of Change has a good explanation of Net Neutrality as an equity
issue. (If someone can find or share that link with the group, it would be
- If you want to work with (or just talk to) any activist organizations,
please reach out to Jan and me, and we'd be happy to make introductions.
- It's good to have a list of other high priority issues that US
Wikimedians want to discuss in DC (the Librarian of Congress and Copyright,
defending CDA 230, and more).
Please share this email with other Wikimedians for coordination, or move it
into Rob's Google Doc if that is easier. Also please feel free to share
your notes from the meeting or any other ideas.
Thanks for sharing all your ideas this afternoon. I'm looking forward to
hearing what you decide.
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Neal McBurnett http://neal.mcburnett.org/
Plans are underway for *WikiConference North America/2018*. More info soon!
*SAVE THE DATES*: October 18-21, 2018
- Thu, Oct 18: WikidataCon/Hackathon
- Fri, Oct 19: Culture Crawl
- Sat/Sun, Oct 20-21: Main Program with Tracks
- Main: Ohio State University
- Reception: Columbus Metropolitan Library
*CITY*: Columbus, Ohio, US
Grants to support attendance might be available.
Todd Allen and I are headed to Germany April 19-22 to represent the Wikimedians of Colorado User Group
The conference page is at
Wikimedia Conference 2018 - Meta
Do you all have any input? Is there anything in particular we should look for or bring up at the conference?
E.g. about the Wikimedia long-term strategic plan?
--- Our strategic direction: Service and Equity ---
By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us.
We, the Wikimedia contributors, communities, and organizations, will advance our world by collecting knowledge that fully represents human diversity, and by building the services and structures that enable others to do the same.
We will carry on our mission of developing content as we have done in the past, and we will go further.
Knowledge as a service: To serve our users, we will become a platform that serves open knowledge to the world across interfaces and communities. We will build tools for allies and partners to organize and exchange free knowledge beyond Wikimedia. Our infrastructure will enable us and others to collect and use different forms of free, trusted knowledge.
Knowledge equity: As a social movement, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege. We will welcome people from every background to build strong and diverse communities. We will break down the social, political, and technical barriers preventing people from accessing and contributing to free knowledge.
Or Movement Partnerships?
Or Capacity Building & Learning?
I'll be out-of-town starting tomorrow and this nealmcb(a)gmail.com address is the best way to reach me.
Thank you, and cheers,
Neal McBurnett http://neal.mcburnett.org/