as part of our global education programme, both the Foundation and
Wikimedia UK are working with an Oxford University project that Jimmy
Wales is helping to launch tomorrow. Specifically, they will be
improving articles related to free speech in multiple languages on
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Free Speech Debate (www.freespeechdebate.com), a multi-lingual (13
languages!) website for the discussion of free speech in the age of mass
migration and the internet has now launched.
The research project is being run by Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian columnist
and professor of European Studies at Oxford University, with help from a
team of graduate students who are native speakers in all 13 languages.
Draft principles are laid out on the website, together with explanations
and case studies - all for debate. Prominent individuals from a variety of
backgrounds are interviewed and asked to comment through video, audio and
text. The English site is now up and running, with the other language pages
to be rolled out over the coming days. Please register to comment and
Free Speech Debate will be holding its launch event on Thursday 19 January
2012 at 5pm UK time. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales will be in conversation
with Timothy Garton Ash, with a contribution from Iranian Nobel peace prize
winner Shirin Ebadi. We will be live streaming and live blogging the event
on our website. Wikipedians are warmly invited to join us online for the
You can also follow us on Twitter (@onfreespeech), Sina Weibo
(@言论自由大讨论), LiveJournal (onfreespeech) and Mixi
Dr Martin L Poulter
Board member/ Trustee, Wikimedia UK http://uk.wikimedia.org/
Anyone who thinks they could represent us and is onhand?
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From: David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
Date: 18 January 2012 08:50
Subject: Anyone available for telly in London?
To: Communications Committee <wmfcc-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
I'm not (WFH today), and my Skype connection is being shit. (Radio
Scotland this morning, the Skype *sound* was breaking up and we had to
resort to my mobile.) I've just had two calls in quick succession from
different bits of the BBC asking someone to go to Television Centre in
W12. Neither has emailed back yet ... but is there anyone on hand who
can get to Television Centre I can just point them at?
I'm pleased to announce the next Cambridge meetup, on Saturday 4
February, usual time and place. See
And most particularly since we are expecting Jon Davies, Chief
Executive of WMUK, as our guest.
Looks like the API is also going to be down for 24 hours....
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Subject: [Mediawiki-api] Editing en.wp via API to be disabled on 18
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:20:38 -0800
From: Sumana Harihareswara <sumanah(a)wikimedia.org>
Reply-To: MediaWiki API announcements & discussion
Organisation: Wikimedia Foundation
Editing pages on English Wikipedia via the web service API will be
disabled for 24 hours beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18,
as part of the anti-SOPA/PIPA blackout.
Volunteer Development Coordinator
Mediawiki-api mailing list
Just a quick note to say that I've set up a coordination page for Wikimedia
UK's future work around the centenary of World War I, here:
I think I've dropped a line to everyone who has previously expressed an
interest in this area. But if anyone else is up for joining a fairly loose
and informal World War I outreach working party, please do sign up on the
wikipage, and/or email me directly.
I'm currently putting together a proposal for purchasing tech equipment to support future events/activities at:
Input on this would be very welcome - please edit the page directly, or leave comments on the talk page.
In particular, I'm going to recommend that we purchase a couple of laptops this month, for volunteers to use at events/activities/when visiting the office (the OTRS workshop last weekend highlighted the need for getting these asap). Laptop recommendations would be much appreciated. The default option at the moment is a standard cheap Asus 15"/1.5GHz/4GB/500GB machine, with the pre-installed Windows wiped and Linux installed - but there must be better low-cost laptop options out there than that...
SOPA, a proposed piece of US law known officially as the Stop Online Piracy
Act, could affect Wikimedia projects worldwide, and possibly make them
completely unworkable legally. There is currently a discussion within the
movement as to what (if any) actions Wikipedia and other projects should
take to stop passage of this act. While Wikimedia UK doesn't (yet) have an
official position that I'm aware of, we want the UK community's view to be
represented in whatever actions are taken. To that end, there is a
'suggested actions' page at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Action, and we'd
really appreciate your views there.
All the best,
Office & Development Manager
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