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Date: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 17:52
Subject: [ilugb] Parliament - Say no to Internet Censorship
Parliament - Say no to Internet Censorship
The Government notified on April 13, 2011 the Information Technology
(Intermediaries guidelines) Rules, 2011 prescribing guidelines to be
observed by the intermediaries. The rules were issued in exercise of the
powers conferred by clause (zg) of subsection (2) of section 87 read with
sub-section (2) of section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (Act
21 of 2000). The provisions of the new rules are unconstitutional as they
affect the right to freedom of speech and expression as well as right to
privacy of citizens, are arbitrary being violative of Art. 14 of the
Constitution of India and are ultra vires of the parent act. SFLC.in 
has come out with an ebook, Legal analysis of IT(Intermediaries
guidelines)Rules 2011  explaining the impact of the guidelines which the
government has come up with.
FSMK with support of other organizations is planning a national level
campaign against this law which will be discussed in parliament on the
second half of the budget session which starts from April 24th. Hence we
have chosen 21st April for the nation wide campaign against the law.
Content regarding the campaign and the issue is being updated, .
Please let me know if the organizations that you are associated with can
support us for this campaign. We are maintaining a list of all organization
who are supporting us .
Also please support this campaign by sharing the link of the website and
also by signing the petition .
We are also looking for any creative posters/ideas related to this topic
which will help us in spreading the word. Please feel free to share such
content with us so that we can update it in the website.
 - http://softwarefreedom.in/
 - [pdf]
 - http://fsmk.org
 - http://friendsofinternet.wikispaces.com/
 - http://friendsofinternet.wikispaces.com/List+of+friends+of+internet
In case there are any mobile developers or social entrepreneurs on this
list, I though I'd make you aware of this opportunity. They do limit it to
NGOs, but there might be a way for the Wikimedia Foundation to provide the
organizational support for an idea. We would ideally support a mobile
application that helped to expand access in India or uses Wikimedia's
content in an innovative and engaging manner.
We'll need to figure out how we might support this, but those interested
can start by emailing me offlist.
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From: Mobiles for Good 2012 <chitrachauhanwin3(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Subject: Closing date extended to April 30th, 2012 || Vodafone Mobiles for
Good Programme 2012: Nomination Open for all NGOs / NFPs for Mobile
Projects Serving Communities in India.
Are you an NGO or Not for Profit Organisation?
Are you using mobile phone content, services or applications intensively
and innovatively in your projects?
If yes, we are certainly looking for your entry.
Kindly find Concept Note, Specifics and Nomination form for Vodafone
Mobiles for Good Programme 2012 attached or see online at
Following is our formal call for nomination for your consideration:
In continuation of the efforts in promoting mobile innovations for social
impact since last year, Vodafone India Foundation in association with
Digital Empowerment Foundation launches 2nd ‘Vodafone Mobiles for Good’
Programme for 2012.
This seeks to identify the mobile phone based solutions provided to cater
diverse needs of people in India, in four categories.
- Business, Enterprise & Financial Inclusion
If you are a registered NGO or Not-for-Profit organisation, working with
the best idea integrated in mobile telephony platform and actively
delivering services to the community in India, we certainly seek for your
The *four* winning solutions will qualify for a funding support as grant of
*INR 40,00,000* to further scale up and develop their solution to serve and
benefit large user community within India.
Closing date for accepting applications extended to April 30th, 2012.
For further information and to access our on line available application
form, please go to:
Please send filled up nomination form to m4g2012(a)defindia.net
*Contact: *Chitra Chauhan,* E-mail:* chitra(a)defindia.net
*Tel:* 011-26532786, *Fax:* 011-26532787
To UNSUBSCRIBE from these notifications, please send an email with subject
"REMOVE" to m4g2012(a)defindia.net.
Chief Global Development Officer
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
Highbeam accounts have been given out in Round One.
Around 400+ users have qualified out of the total 1000 accounts there.
Round two is scheduled to start tomorrow. So those who DID NOT apply,
PLEASE DO APPLY!
Users: Vibhijain, Rsrikanth05, MikeLynch, AshLin, Ganeshk, Netha Hussain,
Rajeshodyanchal, Rameshng, Redtigerxyz, Dwaipayanc, Vishwaprabha,
AroundTheGlobe have been given accounts.
I may have missed some.
I urge all those with accounts older than a year and 1000+ edits to apply
tomorrow [16th] for the second round.
For all those with the new found super powers: We should have a party. Pick
an unreferenced article, and start adding sources to it.
*Times of India : "Malayalam community to organize Wikisangamotsavam"*
*If you have an entry on Wikipedia, you have arrived, almost.
If regional flavor is the true measure a knowledge collective's cultural
roots and authenticity, Malayalam Wikipedia, driven by over 130 active
participants, has made its presence felt among those who live by internet.
Now, these knowledge bees are coming together for the first time.
WikiSangamotsavam, a two-day annual conference for Malayalam Wikipedia
members and the general public, will be held in Kollam on April 28 and 29.
It's going to be an event with a lot of buzz. Experts will discuss topics
such as copyrights of government documents and freedom of knowledge. There
would be Wiki-workshops for the public and a parallel WikiConference for
schoolchildren. Paper presentations on e-malayalam, free and open
knowledge, copyright and cyber-freedom are the other highlights.
The online section which began in 2003 boasts of volunteers who diligently
contribute information on a daily basis.
Contributors such as Neha Hussain, a medical student from Kozhikode, are
waiting for WikiSangamotsavam.
Hussain is a testimony to that fact in Kerala, women give equal competition
to men in all spheres.
The community has an equal number of women contributors. "While the rest of
our data signifies a majority of men as online contributors, the Malayalam
community sets a different trend that equals out the ratio. Our youngest
member, Neha Hussain, in addition to contributing information as a
volunteer, also translates articles from English to Malayalam for the
benefit of regional readers," says Noopur Raval, who works with Wikipedia
Raval is quite upbeat about WikiSangamotsavam. "This is an initiative by
community members such as Ramesh N G and Anoop Narayan. Our statistics show
that the highest level of participation on Wikipedia comes in from the
Malayalam community. I believe it is the love for knowledge and the
satisfaction each of the volunteers gets, knowing that the public accesses
information that is put up by them. It keeps the members going. The high
level of general awareness among Malayalis ensures transparency of reports
that are of relevance to the public," says Raval.
The Malayalam Wikipedia is the only community that has also had adequate
co-operation from the government too - so much so that they have worked on
and put of translations of some of the rarest files, Vignana Kosham for
example, to ensure everybody has access to it.
WikiSangamotsavam will be inaugurated by the vice-chairman of Council for
Science and Technology-Kerala, Dr V N Rajashekhara Pillai on April 28, at
the District Panchayat Hall, Kollam.*
Important Note : Non-commercial reproduction for informative purposes only.
The publisher (Times of India ) of the above news article owns the
copyrights of the article / content. All copyrights are duly acknowledged.
by Frederick FN Noronha फ्रेड्रिक न ोरोन्या *فريدريك نورونيا
Wikipedia to be free on mobiles in Africa, Middle East
13 February 2012 | EN
[image: A mobile phone]
Millions in Africa and the Middle East will get free access to Wikipedia
via mobile phones
[NAIROBI] Millions of people in Africa and the Middle
able to benefit from free, unlimited
access <http://www.scidev.net/en/science-communication/open-access/> to the
online encyclopaedia Wikipedia through their mobile phone, starting later
The scheme targets the region's 70 million customers of the mobile network
provider Orange, who will be given free access to Wikipedia on their
internet-enabled 'smart' phones.
The deal struck between Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit
organisation that operates Wikipedia, will allow Orange customers to read
and download information from Wikipedia without the usual data usage
"Price is a strong barrier to people accessing the Internet, particularly
in Africa," said Vanessa Clarke, spokesperson for Orange.
But the project will face several challenges, according to local experts.
Catherine Ngahu, chair of the Kenya
ICT<http://www.scidev.net/en/new-technologies/icts/>Board, said few
people in the region own a 'smart' phone that can connect
to the internet.
"Although there is increasing ownership of smart phones, there is still a
large number of people who cannot afford them," she told *SciDev.Net*. "In
order to widen reach, Orange should consider marketing lower cost smart
Michael Njuku of the Kenya Revenue Authority said obstacles will range from
low quality mobile handsets people own to a network provider's ability to
handle the increased Internet traffic as customers try to access Wikipedia,
sometimes millions at a time.
"Governments in Africa must also do more to ensure that poor quality
counterfeit gadgets are not imported into their countries," he said.
Clarke said the scheme will be rolled out in mid-2012, initially in about
eight countries, and by December some 20 countries will benefit.
She said between seven and 15 per cent of Orange customers in Africa and
the Middle East currently have phones that access the Internet, but the
company plans to increase the proportion to 50 per cent by 2015.
Kul Wadhwa, head of Mobile and Business Development at the Wikimedia
Foundation, said he expects the scheme to encourage more people in Africa
to read, contribute and download information from Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the world's largest online encyclopaedia, maintained by a
global community of volunteers. It contains explanations of many scientific
terms and issues, and some have suggested it could be used to share
More mobile network operators are expected to follow suit in the coming
months, according to Wadhwa.
FN +91-832-2409490 or +91-9822122436 fn(a)goa-india.org
Books from Goa,1556 http://scr.bi/Goa1556Books
Audio recordings (mostly from Goa): http://bit.ly/GoaRecordings
*fyi *This might be of interest to all the community members including
those who live abroad. If you want to respond, you could reply directly to
Richard and mark Bhakti on it.
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From: Richard Symonds <richard.symonds(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
Date: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM
Subject: Asian Foundation for Philanthropy
To: press(a)wikimedia.in, werespielchequers(a)gmail.com
The Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, a small UK charity, are based in the
same building as us, in London. They are an organisation who work to
promote social change in India and within the Indo-British community. They
would like to interview someone from the Wikimedia movement, including
Wikimedia UK, but would also like to interview some people from India and
UK editors with Indian connections. They're specifically interested in
talking about the recent issue of press censorship in India.
I'm emailing you (the Wikimedia India Chapter and UK volunteer
WereSpielChequers to ask if you might be interested in participating in
I have copied in Bhakti Deodhar, the Project Manager for the AFfP.
All the best,
Office & Development Manager
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Apologies for the delayed report.
Odia Wikimedia Community had a very eventful, exciting and constructive
weekend last week! i want to share with you a report of 3 (yes THREE!)
outreach sessions and the community meet up held between March 30 and April
1. Odia Wikipedia Editing Workshop - Anugul - March 30
An "Editing Odia Wikipedia" workshop was conducted on 30th March at the
National Institute of Computer Education, Nalconagar, Anugul. It was
attended by 14 newbies. Odia WikipedianMrutyunjay
the workshop by introducing Odia Wikipedia to the newbies. (In fact,
Mrutyunjay single-handedly organized the session and most of the audience
were his work colleagues who he had told about Odia Wikipedia.) He talked
briefly about Wikipedia, five pillars and policies. Then there was a
demonstration session on how to edit Odia Wikipedia. One of the attendees
was called up to create his own account and then Mrutyunjaya demonstrated
basics of editing by interacting with the audience. Once we had shown
everyone this, we invited those who were interested to stay for a more
detailed and hands-on editing to stay, and told everyone else they were
free to leave. A few of the audience left the lab, and the remaining 9
created their user accounts. 4 of the new wikipedians have made small but
*Challenges & Solutions*
- An issue that was faced was that newbies initially had problems typing
in Odia. We requested the newbies to check the *Typing
to understand the key combination. Mrutyunjaya explained how they can
improve by gradual exercise, using the "Show Preview" option and that
making corrections is allowed on Wikipedia.
- Mrutyunjaya will personally interact with the new editors, either
1-on-1 or in groups to give them more support on editing and to address
- Mrutyunjaya could conduct more physical meetups in Anugul where help
more newbies with editing
- Mrutyunjaya's initiative to reach out to his colleagues and friends to
introduce them to Odia Wikipedia and to encourage them to learn about
editing by attending the session is really interesting because it increases
the chances of like-minded folks attending outreach sessions.
- When we do outreach sessions, it will be nice to share a small note
about the session (with some useful links) beforehand - so that interested
participants can read up and be more aware even before the session starts.
- The idea of splitting the outreach session is very good because it
allowed only the most committed to stay and allowed us to give them much
*Odia Wikipedia (Medical) Editing Workshop - Cuttack - March 31*
A outreach session was organized in SCB Medical College, Cuttack - to try
and get newbies to join Odia Wikipedia community, and specifically to
support the *WikiProject Medicine
we are trying get the top 70-80 health related articles created in Odia
Wikipedia. 21 Medical students attended the session which was attended by
Srikant Kedia, Kamalakanta & Subha. Jnananranjan explained briefly about
basics of Wikipedia. One of the student newbies was invited to create a
username. Students were called for demonstration editing. 4 of them
created usernames. Subha talked briefly about the *WikiProject
aim of the project. Student participants had queries about authenticity of
articles, automatic translations, etc.
*Challenges & Solutions*
- Some of the medical students asked questions like "How will editing
Odia Wikipedia help for our career?" or "What I will gain from editing
Wikipedia?" These are standard questions that we all get and we answered
them by telling them about how it will help their understanding of their
subjects, will improve their writing skills, give them a larger audience
for their work, improve their research skills and because it is so much
fun! We also spoke about the social benefits of a project like medical
articles on Odia Wikipedia and the social.
- Lack of computers resulted in a more theoretical discussion rather
than a practical editing.
- A proper editing workshop will be organized after the exams are over
(in a month) where the students who have attended this session could learn
more and do live editing. Local Odia Wikipedians will support them. This
time, we will figure out how to make sure that everyone who attends has
access to a computer.
- Emails with quick instructions will be send on 4th April to the
students with specific links to encourage working on various articles from
the project page.
- Welcome messages have been left on the talk pages of all new editors,
and community members will stay in touch with them.
- The idea of doing outreach in medical colleges to support the Medicine
project is very interesting and should be pursued. Many times, we conduct
outreach sessions but we leave it completely open to newbies to figure out
what that they want to edit. Some times this works, but many times, they
are just lost about what to edit. An idea of doing an outreach session to
encourage them to edit a particular set of projects has a lot of potential.
- Also, since they are joining a WikiProject straight away, there will
hopefully be greater changes of interactions with existing community
members so that the newbies can build relationships and get support.
- This session was not adequately planned and even though 21 students
attended - which is great (!) - it was all last minute. Going forward, we
should try and plan these sessions with more time and get interested
participants more aware by sending brief write-ups about Odia Wikipedia and
the purpose & benefits of attending the outreach session.
- Lastly, getting everyone to have computers or laptops is a must. Even
if everyone does not have a laptop, we must encourage newbies to come up
and create accounts and do live edits. Otherwise, it is just theory,
*Odia Wikipedia Editing Workshop - Bhubaneswar - April 1*
This workshop was conducted on April 1 - which happens to be the Odisha day
(or the foundation day of Odisha). It was attended by 20 newbies. The
workshop started with a formal inauguration and opening talk about Odisha
day by Manoranjan <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/or:ManXii> . Then Odia
Wikipedian Mrutyunjay Kar <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/or:MKar> presented
and explained the "Basics of
One of the participants were asked to come and create an user account and
basic editing was demonstrated. After this, there was a press interaction
with Kanak TV, MBC TV and STV - 3 local TV channels. There was a 10 minute
tea break - after which newbies were encouraged to ask questions. Each
experienced wikipedians were assigned to 2/3 new wikipedians - and they all
then worked in groups to create their usernames and helped with basic
editing. 13 participants created their user accounts and of the new
wikipedians actively edited several articles.. This also includes
a very young editor (around 15 years old) who was until then just a reader
of Odia Wikipedia. With little guidance he has started contributing to
several articles.  (His father later got in touch with the organisers
and thanked them for helping his son get excited by typing in Odia!)
*Challenges & Solutions*
- Most of the newbies had an initial struggle because fo lack of
experience in typing in Odia. We requested the newbies to check the *Typing
Help* <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/or:Help:Typing> page to understand
the key combination. Mrutyunjaya explained how they can improve by gradual
exercise, using the "Show Preview" option and that making corrections is
allowed on Wikipedia. They were also pointed to the page in the physical
FAQ Booklet page for guidance.
- Many newbies were still on Windows XP - so community members had to
fix the font related issues.*
- Emails will be sent to all those who attended with instructions for
further editing by local Odia Wikipedians who conducted the sesssions.
Odia Wikipedians will try to stay in touch through regular talk page
messages with all those who created user accounts.
- We will also connect with the participants by creating a facebook
group so that it is easier for them to ask questions and feel part of a
community, in a more casual setting like facebook.
- More focus on editing during outreach sessions instead of just talking
randomly about Wikipedia - and giving individual attention to newbies
during the session.
- It is really important to focus on how handholding of newbies will
happen after the outreach session, instead of just leaving them all alone.
1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 New Username
2. ↑ User:Errajkishor<http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%B7:…>
3. ↑ User:Arup
4. ↑ User:Ucsahoo<http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%B7:…>
5. ↑ User:Saileshpat<http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%B7:…>
*Odia Wikipedia Community Meet-Up - Bhubaneswar - April 1**Summary*
The community meetup was held up to brainstorm about how to build the Odia
wiki community and to identify issues & solutions that community members
were facing. We also wanted to celebrate sucesses and have some fun!
Despite several physical outreach events, Odia Wikipedia Community is still
lagging behind in getting newbies to join and stay in the community.
However, there are many examples of better results from successful turn up
from online outreach programs.
As the community is very small, the biggest idea we discussed is how to do
more effective online outreach. (There are several examples of newbies
joining due to online outreach - such as Suratha , Chinmaya Dash,
Manoranjan , Prasanta Bhunya  - who are all active editors now. Subha
had shared his experiences of reaching out to folks on facebook who were
writing in Odia and introducing them to Odia Wikipedia and then giving them
online editing advice as well as sharing tips and useful links.)
- The Facebook group <http://facebook.com/groups/odiawiki> will be used
more effectively to bring more new editors. It was emphasised that
facebook would be used only as an online gateway for Wikipedia related
discussions and only to invite newbies to Wikipedia. Wikipedia discussions
must always happen on village pumps and talk pages only. Newbies will be
encouraged to have all wiki discussions on wiki itself, as soon as possible
- Noopur will be asked to provide support on facebook by providing
advice and tips on how to use facebook most effectively, and working
closely with interested community members.
- On-line chatting - where experienced Odia Wikipeidans could help out
newbies to learn editing - will be made more frequent.
- Standard presentations/tools in Odia will be prepared that can be used
for online outreach (presentations, pdf cheatsheets, transliteration
Roman-Odia Key combinations, revised FAQ booklet, etc.)
- Chatasabha <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/or:WP::CS>, a platform for
inviting newbies by answering their questions through an easy-to-find tab
Odia Wikipedia homepage was shared - and it was agreed to use this for
newbie interaction and support.
- It is really important to improve collaboration and Wikiprojects are a
really great way of doing this.
On Wikiprojects, it is important to divide tasks based on time
availability and personal interests so that there is better coordination
*Challenges & Solutions*
- The available documents which community members share with newbies
have too much text and they need to be simplified and illustrated with
screenshots and How-To's.
- Mrutyunjay asked what was the best way to answer questions like what
will people gain from contributing to Odia Wikipedia, as well as the
reducing level of interest in local languages. It was suggested that
a limited, interested bunch of people should be targeted for outreach - and
if we invest time in the most committed and motivated, we will get enough
people who have the right mindset and abilites.
- The fact that Odia Wikipedia is not too well known was discussed and
it was agreed to try and build contacts so that the message can be spread
(via web, print and other media) about the project and the community.
Also, the message should include the fact that People still are unaware of
its existence and the fact "They can also edit Wikipedia".
- The current typing tool has some issues which need rectification.
- This was a really useful meetup - and there were 3 reasons for it.
Firstly, everyone was encouraged talk. Secondly, there was a specific
agenda that everyone stuck to. Thirldy - we had FUN!
- After meetups, it is important that there are clear plans of action -
and each individual community member knows exactly what he or she is going
to be doing. Experienced editors should focus community building and not
only on individual editing. This includes outreach sessions, hand-holding
newbies and starting / managing Wikiprojects.
1. ↑ User:ସୁରଥ_କୁମାର_ପାଢ଼ୀ<http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%B7:…>
2. ↑ User:ଚିନ୍ମୟ
3. ↑ User:ManXiii<http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%B7:…>
4. ↑ User:Prasantabhunya<http://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%B7:…>
Thanks and regards
Forwarding for the benefit of those who are not in mediawiki-i18n list.
Topics that will be discussed.
Language support; internationalisation of MediaWiki, language support
teams, User Interaction and User Interface design for language tools
See you there!
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From: Siebrand Mazeland (WMF) <smazeland(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 18:35
Subject: [Mediawiki-i18n] IRC office hours with the Localisation team
2012-04-18 16:30 UTC
To: Wikimedia Foundation <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, MediaWiki
I just wanted to give advance notice about IRC office hours with the
Localization team  at the Wikimedia Foundation.
Date: 2012-04-18 (every third Wednesday of the month from now on)
Time: 16.30 UTC
As usual, more logistical info and time conversion links are available
on Meta. For a taste of what the localization team has been up to,
I highly recommend the blog posts we are have written since out last
office hours in February.
Thanks, and we'll talk to you later next week!
Product Manager Localisation
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