[Wikimedia-l] EU Policy Monitoring Report - October

2013-11-07 Thread Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov
Sorry for cross-posting (from Advocacy Advisors-l), but I want to
popularise the mailing list.


Hello, everybody!

This month there has been some gossip about legislative or non-legislative
copyright reform which might be proposed either before or after the
elections and might include an opt-in provision or not... Well, at least
there’s talk about it.

Dimi


Past editions on Meta: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy/Monitor/MR

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy/Monitor/MR

tl;dr

Open Access is to be compulsory in the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding programme.
The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that an Estonian website
is liable for third-party comments on their website. The European
Parliament LIBE committee has passed its version of the Data Protection
Regulation, making the right to be forgotten into the right to be
erased.


ToC

1. European Court of Justice Backs Freedom of Information

2. European Court Rules Website Liable for Third-Party Comments

3. Studies on Intellectual Property Released  IP Infringements Observatory
Meeting

4. Open Access in EU’s Horizon 2020 Funding Programme

5. Data Protection Regulation - Committee Vote

6. Commission Requesting Citizens’ Feedback on Internet Policies

7. Creative Commons Takes Global Position on Copyright Reform

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#ECJ #FoI

1. European Court of Justice Backs Freedom of Information

Why is this relevant?

Freedom of Information is our community’s top ranked topic in our Policy
Issues Survey. [14] Apart from being a cornerstone of transparency, the
access to more government documents would provide reliable sources for
Wikipedia articles, thereby improving the overall quality.

What happened?

 Documents requested from the European Council under Freedom of Information
law were released only after masking member states’ positions (i.e. which
countries were in favour or against certain points). The Spanish based NGO
promoting free access to information - Access Info Europe - appealed to the
European Court of Justice against this practice. In the court case the
European Parliament, the United Kingdom and Greece sided with Access Info
Europe, while France, Spain and the Czech Republic supported the Council.

The ECJ ruled that the effectiveness of the decision making process does
not trump the need for transparency, thereby prohibiting the erasure of
Member States’ positions from released documents on a general basis. [15]


What comes next?

The European Council will have to release documents informing the public
which countries were for or against a certain text. Further attempts by
civil society organisations to “open up” the Council are expected, as it is
still considered the least transparent of the EU’s institutions.

In the future, public institutions will need to conclusively prove stated
reasons when refusing access to information.

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#ECHR

2. European Court Rules Website Liable for Third-Party Comments

Why is this relevant?

A landmark decision that makes internet platform operators liable for user
generated content on their websites. This decision is not only about the
specific case, but has to be regarded against the backdrop of freedom of
speech online.

What happened?

 The European Court of Human Rights (Council of Europe, Strasbourg) has
upheld an Estonian court’s decision making a news portal operated by Delfi
AS liable for clearly illegal (defamatory) comments, even though website
moderators had deleted them after being informed. [7]

What comes next?

Civil society organisations have claimed that this decision will lead to
even more legal uncertainty and preventive, privately-enforced censorship.
An appeal to the Grand Chamber of the ECHR is to be expected. [8]


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#IPstudy #LSE #OHIM

3. Studies on Intellectual Property Released  IP Infringements Observatory
Meeting

Why is this relevant?

Albeit to different extents, such studies occupy public and political
debates and help shape the narratives of the debates. With copyright being
seeded as one of the first major reform initiatives of the next Commission
in 2014, the current  back and forth will set the starting points of the
expected consultation and stakeholder dialogue.

What happened?

 The European Commission has founded an European Observatory on
Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights to “understand the
challenges” and “enhance cooperation” in the field of counterfeiting and
piracy. [1] As part of the initiative it has commissioned a study on the
Contribution of Intellectual Property to the Economy, that it plans to
update every two years. This study claims that 50% of the EU economy is
“IPR intensive”. [2] In a strange coincidence, the same week this study was
released, the London School of Economics released their own research,
stating that there is no proof online file-sharing is hurting the industry.
[3]

What comes next?

As the Commission has 

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2013-11-07 Thread Florence Devouard

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation announces Wikipedia Zero partnership with Telenor in Myanmar

2013-11-07 Thread Matthew Roth
(This press release is also available online here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Telenor_Wikipedia_Zero_extension_Myanmar
)

Myanmar to get access to the world's knowledge through Wikipedia Zero

(Fornebu, Norway, and San Francisco, California)  7 November 2013 --
Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, today
announced Myanmar as the latest country to be included in their existing
agreement to bring Wikipedia Zero to Telenor customers in Asia and Europe.
Telenor is supporting the country's ambition of connecting its 60 million
people. Through this agreement, Telenor's future subscribers in Myanmar
will be able to access Wikipedia's vast knowledge base free of mobile data
traffic charges when Telenor begins services in the country.

The Wikimedia Foundation imagines a world in which every single person has
free access to the sum of human knowledge. By working with Telenor, we are
able to put this knowledge in the hands of the masses, helping to close the
knowledge gap between developed and developing countries. Today's
announcement will pave the way for Telenor to offer all the knowledge that
comes with Wikipedia Zero to its customers in Myanmar, said Carolynne
Schloeder, Director of Mobile Programs at the Wikimedia Foundation.

The partnership between Telenor and the Wikimedia Foundation was
established in February 2012, and was founded on a shared commitment to
bring Wikipedia to Telenor customers free of data charges. The initiative
is part of the Wikimedia Foundation's mobile strategy, which focuses on
reaching the billions of people around the world whose primary opportunity
to access the Internet is via a mobile device. Following the agreement,
special versions of Wikipedia for mobile phones were launched in Thailand,
Malaysia and Montenegro. In addition, Telenor aims to launch Wikipedia Zero
in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Serbia in 2014.

Access to high quality telecommunications tools and affordable services
plays a substantial role in empowering societies. To Telenor, this
partnership enables us to provide a strong support to local communities by
promoting the exchange and sharing of open knowledge. Offering Wikipedia
free of traffic charges also helps introduce internet to mobile users,
often for the first time. I am very satisfied that our cooperation with the
Wikimedia Foundation will now include Myanmar, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas,
President and CEO of Telenor Group.

On 27 June 2013 Telenor was announced as one of the successful applicants
for a telecommunications license in Myanmar. Following the process
described in the auction guidelines, the company is now in discussions with
the Myanmar authorities regarding the final terms and conditions of the
license agreement. Telenor aims to launch services in Myanmar within eight
months after the final license agreement is signed.

The extension of this partnership was celebrated today in Oslo when Jimmy
Wales, the founder
of Wikipedia, met with Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor
Group, and Rolv-Erik Spilling, Head of Telenor Digital, to participate in
an event announcing the expansion of service. Jimmy Wales was also a
keynote speaker at the Digital Winners conference hosted today by Telenor
Digital at Telenor Headquarters, where he shared his views on crowdsourcing
for the common good.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

http://wikimediafoundation.org
http://blog.wikimedia.org

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
receive 500 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most
popular web property worldwide (comScore, September 2013). Available in 287
languages, Wikipedia contains more than 29 million articles contributed by
a global volunteer community of roughly 80,000 people. Based in San
Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3)
charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Wikimedia Foundation Press Contact:
Matthew Roth
Communications
+1 415-839-6885 ext 6635 (San Francisco)
mr...@wikimedia.org
About Telenor Group

Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media
communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets
in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a
voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom
Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is
one of the world's major mobile operators with 161 million mobile
subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q3 2013, revenues in 2012
of NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of nearly 34,000.

For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

Telenor Press Contact:
Glenn Mandelid
Vice President Communications
Telenor Group
Mobile: +47 92 66 13 00


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to WMF October 2013 Metrics Activities Meeting: Thursday, November 7, 19:00 UTC

2013-11-07 Thread Praveena Maharaj
REMINDER: This meeting starts in 30 minutes.


On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM, Praveena Maharaj pmaha...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Dear all,

 The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
 November 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC channel is
 #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be broadcast
 as a live YouTube stream.

 The current structure of the meeting is:

 * Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
 specialized reports and analytics
 * Review of financials
 * Welcoming recent hires
 * Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority
 initiatives
 * Update and QA with the Executive Director, if available

 Please review
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for
 further information about how to participate.

 We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.

 Thank you,
 Praveena

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Preparing a proofreading contest for Wikisource's 10th aniversary

2013-11-07 Thread Jayanta Nath
Good initiative! Thank you Micru.


On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:20 AM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:

 What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Micru.  I definitely want to...
 could we get some crossover promotion from Distributed Proofreaders?


 On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM, David Cuenca dacu...@gmail.com wrote:

  On the Wikisource mailing list we are discussing about a contest to
  celebrate Wikisource's 10th aniversary.
 
  The contest would be from Nov 24th till Dec 1st. During that time the
  participants would proofread a selection of books and they would get
 points
  per page. The one with the most points would win an ebook reader.
 
  So far WM-IT and Amical Wikimedia have comited each the prize for their
  respective contests on the Italian and Catalan Wikisource. WM-AU and
 WM-DC
  are considering to sponsor the English edition.
 
  If you would like to help us to organize more language editions or find
  more sponsors, get in touch.
 
  If you would like to participate, stay tuned! :)
 
  Cheers,
  Micru
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Preparing a proofreading contest for Wikisource's 10th aniversary

2013-11-07 Thread Vishnu T
Dear Micru,

Wonderful initiative! From India the Malayalam Wikisource community might
be keen to take part in this. They have also recently released an offline
CD (volume 2) of the Malayalam Wikisource.

Taking the liberty to copy the Malayalam list on this for them to take lead
on this.

CIS (not from the A2K Grant) will be glad to sponsor two prizes (one e-book
reader and one portable pen-scanner), if the ML community take lead on this.

Cheers,
Vishnu



On 7 November 2013 05:28, David Cuenca dacu...@gmail.com wrote:

 On the Wikisource mailing list we are discussing about a contest to
 celebrate Wikisource's 10th aniversary.

 The contest would be from Nov 24th till Dec 1st. During that time the
 participants would proofread a selection of books and they would get points
 per page. The one with the most points would win an ebook reader.

 So far WM-IT and Amical Wikimedia have comited each the prize for their
 respective contests on the Italian and Catalan Wikisource. WM-AU and WM-DC
 are considering to sponsor the English edition.

 If you would like to help us to organize more language editions or find
 more sponsors, get in touch.

 If you would like to participate, stay tuned! :)

 Cheers,
 Micru
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Preparing a proofreading contest for Wikisource's 10th aniversary

2013-11-07 Thread Sarah Stierch
Super cool.

I know a lot of GLAM folks in the US who would be excited about this. And
I'm a fan of more love for WS that's for sure!

-Sar


On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM, Vishnu T visdav...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear Micru,

 Wonderful initiative! From India the Malayalam Wikisource community might
 be keen to take part in this. They have also recently released an offline
 CD (volume 2) of the Malayalam Wikisource.

 Taking the liberty to copy the Malayalam list on this for them to take lead
 on this.

 CIS (not from the A2K Grant) will be glad to sponsor two prizes (one e-book
 reader and one portable pen-scanner), if the ML community take lead on
 this.

 Cheers,
 Vishnu



 On 7 November 2013 05:28, David Cuenca dacu...@gmail.com wrote:

  On the Wikisource mailing list we are discussing about a contest to
  celebrate Wikisource's 10th aniversary.
 
  The contest would be from Nov 24th till Dec 1st. During that time the
  participants would proofread a selection of books and they would get
 points
  per page. The one with the most points would win an ebook reader.
 
  So far WM-IT and Amical Wikimedia have comited each the prize for their
  respective contests on the Italian and Catalan Wikisource. WM-AU and
 WM-DC
  are considering to sponsor the English edition.
 
  If you would like to help us to organize more language editions or find
  more sponsors, get in touch.
 
  If you would like to participate, stay tuned! :)
 
  Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-11-07 Thread Tilman Bayer
Minutes and slides from the third quarterly review of the Foundation's
Mobile Contributions team are now available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Mobile_contributions/October_2013

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi folks,

 to increase accountability and create more opportunities for course
 corrections and resourcing adjustments as necessary, Sue's asked me
 and Howie Fung to set up a quarterly project evaluation process,
 starting with our highest priority initiatives. These are, according
 to Sue's narrowing focus recommendations which were approved by the
 Board [1]:

 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (mobile contributions + Wikipedia Zero)
 - Editor Engagement (also known as the E2 and E3 teams)
 - Funds Dissemination Committe and expanded grant-making capacity

 I'm proposing the following initial schedule:

 January:
 - Editor Engagement Experiments

 February:
 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (Contribs + Zero)

 March:
 - Editor Engagement Features (Echo, Flow projects)
 - Funds Dissemination Committee

 We’ll try doing this on the same day or adjacent to the monthly
 metrics meetings [2], since the team(s) will give a presentation on
 their recent progress, which will help set some context that would
 otherwise need to be covered in the quarterly review itself. This will
 also create open opportunities for feedback and questions.

 My goal is to do this in a manner where even though the quarterly
 review meetings themselves are internal, the outcomes are captured as
 meeting minutes and shared publicly, which is why I'm starting this
 discussion on a public list as well. I've created a wiki page here
 which we can use to discuss the concept further:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews

 The internal review will, at minimum, include:

 Sue Gardner
 myself
 Howie Fung
 Team members and relevant director(s)
 Designated minute-taker

 So for example, for Visual Editor, the review team would be the Visual
 Editor / Parsoid teams, Sue, me, Howie, Terry, and a minute-taker.

 I imagine the structure of the review roughly as follows, with a
 duration of about 2 1/2 hours divided into 25-30 minute blocks:

 - Brief team intro and recap of team's activities through the quarter,
 compared with goals
 - Drill into goals and targets: Did we achieve what we said we would?
 - Review of challenges, blockers and successes
 - Discussion of proposed changes (e.g. resourcing, targets) and other
 action items
 - Buffer time, debriefing

 Once again, the primary purpose of these reviews is to create improved
 structures for internal accountability, escalation points in cases
 where serious changes are necessary, and transparency to the world.

 In addition to these priority initiatives, my recommendation would be
 to conduct quarterly reviews for any activity that requires more than
 a set amount of resources (people/dollars). These additional reviews
 may however be conducted in a more lightweight manner and internally
 to the departments. We’re slowly getting into that habit in
 engineering.

 As we pilot this process, the format of the high priority reviews can
 help inform and support reviews across the organization.

 Feedback and questions are appreciated.

 All best,
 Erik

 [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Vote:Narrowing_Focus
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings
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