I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
FY18-19 is now on Meta.
This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
direction. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
have written a plan for the whole Foundation, rather than an aggregation
of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
of teams and departments with disparate goals.
We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
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The next Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting will take
place on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel
is #wikimedia-office on https://webchat.freenode.net, and the meeting will
be broadcast as a live YouTube stream. We’ll post the video recording
publicly after the meeting.
During the May 2018 meeting, we will hear about languages across the
* Welcome and introduction
* Movement update
* The Compact Language Links project
* Executive update
* Questions and discussion
Please review the meeting's Meta-Wiki page for further information about
the meeting and how to participate:
You can also sign up to participate in future meetings on Meta-Wiki:
June 2018 Metrics & Activities meeting will take place on Thursday, 28
June, starting at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM Pacific Daylight Time).
Project Coordinator // Communications // Advancement
*We at the Wikimedia Foundation are pleased that organizations across the
world are currently rethinking their privacy policies. We have always
strongly valued the privacy of our volunteers, readers, and donors, but
and see how it can be strengthened.*
We see privacy as an important foundation for intellectual freedom, and we
believe that the trust of our community is deeply linked to several
* We intentionally collect very little data about readers and contributors,
and provide a transparent view of the data we keep—and do not keep.
* We work with our communities and invite open community vetting of our
* We remain accountable to the community, including a volunteer ombudsman
commission that responds to any reported privacy-related concerns.
* We support our open source platform, which among other benefits, allows
anyone to examine and discover any vulnerabilities in our code.
We do not allow third-party tracking of visitors to our sites. We have
short data retention periods (see our data retention guidelines).
We proactively publish a transparency report, informing the public about
requests for data about our contributors. We have a comprehensive privacy
policy, developed with community input.
We are always looking for ways to improve our privacy and data security
practices in partnership with our community of contributors and users.
which now clarifies the definition of “personal information,” and has been
reorganized to improve readability without changing the overall intentions
previously set by the community. As promised in the policy, we are
providing these minor changes with three (3) calendar days’ prior notice.
These changes will go into effect on May 24, 2018. As always, we want your
thoughts and feedback, and invite everyone to comment on the policy talk
page over the next thirty (30) calendar days. We are also grateful to
our volunteer community, who are actively working on translations of this
We will continue looking for ways to improve and help make clearer to
everyone our privacy practices and policy as technology and the world
change rapidly around us.
Look out for more updates, both here and on the Wikimedia-l mailing list,
to learn more about our approach to privacy and data security practices.
Deputy General Counsel
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minutes from its meeting on March 27, 2018:
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