Re: [Wikimedia-l] Internet rights approved in Brazil

2014-04-24 Thread Oona Castro
And so they did sanction at NetMundial!

To read and/or give contributions to ongoing debates in NetMundial,

Governments have commented there too.


On 23 April 2014 19:57, Salvador A wrote:


 That's something that must be replied in many countries.

 Congratulations Brazil.

 2014-04-23 17:20 GMT-05:00 Everton Zanella Alvarenga

  Now YES we can celebrate.
  2014-03-26 12:05 GMT-07:00 Oona Castro
   Fair enough, you're right. There is a long path yet ahead.  The
   is expecting to be able to sanction/sign it during
   NetMundial and has invested a lot on
   negotiations to make it real.
   Let's wait and see how far it can go.
   For those interested in regulation related matters, I'm attaching a
   version in English made by Raquel Gatto from ISOC Brazil and shared by
   Carolina Rossini, whom some of you might know.
   On 26 March 2014 03:30, Everton Zanella Alvarenga wrote:
Humm let's wait until the bill become a *law*.
This is an important step, but we still need a lot of work here.
When our access to information law [1] were approved by the chamber
deputies, its bill got stuck in the senate for a looong time. It was
really, really hard to have any civil society influence to have it
approved. I didn't believe when I saw it happening - as Spain, Brazil
one of the last big democracies without an access to information law.
Now we have to analyse the senate situation and *if* it will be
with the actual configuration. It is possible the bill will have to
several commissions and, if any lobbyist find its amable senator,
can easily get stuck. And we are in the presidential elections year,
if eveything goes as usual, the law will likely be approved only next
And if the presidential situation changes (workers party go out of
power, which is be very constrained with the world cup results, as
incredible it can be for a gringo), things can change a lot regarding
actual political scenario.
2014-03-26 2:23 GMT-03:00 Victor Grigas

  On Mar 25, 2014, at 7:11 PM, Oona Castro
  Hello all!
  Subject is not 100% related to Wikimedia, but definitely
  future of projects like ours.
  Marco civil da Internet (the Brazilian internet civil rights
  been approved by the Brazilian

  Now the Senate still needs to approve it.
  The bill has been recently supported

  Sir Tim Berners-Lee.[1]
  Back in 2007, several Brazilian civil society organizations
  fight against bills which were about to be approved creating a
  over certain uses of internet.
  This fight led the Brazilian government to build, together with
  Brazilian organizations, a request for comment/collaborative
  platform[2] for the
  creation of a civil rights bill for the internet. Contributions
  were gathered together and a first draft was proposed for another
  public comments on 2010.
  A first draft was negotiated within the government in 2011. A lot
  over the Congress was carried out especially against the articles
  neutrality and internet service providers liability (both by
  telecommunication companies and the intellectual property
  mainly the former - they wanted all internet service providers to
  obliged to remove content under a simple notification claiming
  should be removed. Internet civil rights activists claimed for
  a justice decision about that).
  The case of NSA spying


Re: [Wikimedia-l] How Wikimedia could help languages to survive

2014-04-24 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Comet styles, 24/04/2014 00:57:

on the left of whatever page in their
vernacular language welcoming them and asking them if they want to be
part of Wikipedia Fiji with a direct link to that language wikipedia's

This will be achieved by the following two features combined when/if 
made default:


Even worse when the article doesn't exist in the language you searched.
* On Special:Search and noarticletext (red link filler) you can now add 
wdsearch on your wiki:

** Cf.
* On the multilingual portals the search is not multilingual. SPQRobin 
did something here but I don't find a bug report.


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[Wikimedia-l] Big Fat Brussels Meeting started today

2014-04-24 Thread Romaine Wiki
Today started the second Big Fat Brussels Meeting in Brussels. [1] 
Representatives from several Wikimedia chapters and other volunteers are now 
present to discuss, draft and decide the future of our advocacy efforts on the 
European Union level and the general organisational development of the Free 
Knowledge Advocacy Group EU. Besides the present chapters, other European 
chapters support us in work of the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group.

We started today with a short round who is who, including the adoption of our 
mascot Wendy the Weasel, acronym for Wikimedia European Action System for 
Enthusiastic Lobbying. See

A part of the program of these days is organized together with UNSECO; World 
Book and Copyright Day. [2]

Next meetings/activities: at Wikimania in London and in autumn in Brussels.

Greetings from the group from Brussels!



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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing WMIL's Community Coordinator

2014-04-24 Thread Michal Lester
I'm pleased to introduce Chen Spector who started to work at WMIL as
Community Coordinator at April 1st. Chen is an active Wikipedia editor,
especially in the fields of psychology and education. Username: chenspec.

Chen has a BA in psychology and sociology from Bar - Ilan University and a
master's degree in learning disabilities from the Faculty of Education at
the University of Haifa. Chen holds a teaching certificate in Special
Education from Oranim College and certification for coaching by the Israeli
Coaching Association. Chen has extensive experience in remedial teaching
and the use of assistive technology for children and adults with learning
disabilities and attention deficit disorder.

Plaese welcome Chen to Wikimedia World!


Michal Lester

Executive Director

Wikimedia Israel 972-50-8996046 ; 972-77-751-6032

*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. **That's our commitment.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Internet rights approved in Brazil

2014-04-24 Thread geni
On 23 April 2014 23:20, Everton Zanella Alvarenga wrote:

 Now YES we can celebrate.



For what? You know somewhere there is an ABIN employee vaguely wondering if
they should make certain things public. Then deciding that Rio de Janeiro
is preferable to Moscow. Eh its not as if ABIN had a great record of
obeying the previous set of laws.

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Mexico. Report of Activities of March

2014-04-24 Thread Salvador A
Dear community:

Below you will find the report of activities of the month of March done by
the volunteers of Wikimedia Mexico. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us
if you require extra information about this activities or only to make some

Best regards on behalf our chapter.

Salvador Alcántar
WMMX Treasurer.

*March 2014*
JournalMarch 1

   - First General Assembly of Wikimedia México civil association, held at
   Edificio Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
   (Faculty of Philosophy and Literature) of the National Autonomous
   University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City.

March 3

   - Talk about Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects by Iván Martínez in the
   Seminario de Humanidades Digitales of Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD).
   Edificio Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez of the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
   (Faculty of Philosophy and Literature) of the National Autonomous
   University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City.

Wikipedia monthly workshop at Telmex Hub, March 2014.
March 4

   - Presentation meeting about Wikimedia Mexico to Biblioteca Vasconcelos
   - Talk about Wikipedia and Wikimedia by Iván Martínez at Escuela
   Nacional de Música (National School of Music) of UNAM.

March 5

   - Talk by Gustavo Sandoval Kingwergs about A translation on the left:
   wikitranslators (Círculo de Traductores/17, Instituto de Estudios
   Culturales/Centro Cultural de España en México). Centro Cultural de España
   en México, Ciudad de México.

March 8

   - Meeting with Hacker Garage and Zapopan Lab representatives in
   Guadalajara, Jalisco, to make possible alliances with Wikimedia México.
Attendees to Wikimedia Mexico's talk in the International Simposium of
Engineering AXIS in Sonora.
March 14

   - Official presentation of Mexico City's nomination for Wikimanía

March 20

   - Meeting with the Meetropers community in Guadalajara, state of
   Jalisco, and preparation for Campus Party 2014.

March 22

   - Editathon in Reynosa, state of Tamaulipas, to celebrate the 265th
   anniversary of the foundation of the city of Reynosa, jointly with the
   municipality's government.

March 27

   - Talk Wikimedia, technology and free knowledge by Omar Sandoval
   during the Simposio Internacional de Ingeniería, Sistemas y Tecnología
   (International Symposium on Engineering, Systems and Technology) AXIS
   2014. Hermosillo, state of Sonora.
Wikipedia workshop in Reynosa.
March 28

   - Talk What did humanity do to have a free encyclopedia?, by Christian
   Cariño at the Centro Universitario de Economía y Ciencias Administrativas
   (University Center of Economy and Administration Sciences) of the
   Universidad de Guadalajara. Zapopan, state of Jalisco.

March 29

   - Wikipedia monthly workshop at Telmex Hub, Mexico City.
   - Reynosa's City Hall donation of historical photos event with the
   presence of Iván Martínez, president of the chapter, and José Elías,
   president of Reynosa's City Hall.

March 31

   - Wikipedia edition workshop by Nohemí Chilpa at Autonomous Metropolitan
   University Campus Iztapalapa (UAM-I) during the Semana de Talleres (Week of
   Workshops) of UAM Iztapalapa Computer Sciences Chapter (CEUAMI). Mexico

During March

   - Wikimania 2015 bid for Mexico City: planning, research, meetings,
   write and translations.
   - Development of a new management and project management protocol for
   the chapter
   - Development of a content strategy for the website and for
   the chapter's social networks
   - Translation into Spanish of the contents of Wikimedia Foundation
   social media channels.
   - Diffusion tasks during
   a hack-a-thon to tell stories about migrations with open data.

HiglightsWikimania 2015 bid
Identity of the Mexico City's bid

After at least six months of work about research, planning and meetings
among with the WMF staff, Wikimedia Mexico presents its bid for host
Wikimania in Mexico City. The bid was leaded by Iván Martínez and conduced
by Carmen Alcázar, Christian Cariño, Andrés Cruz y Corro and Omar Sandoval.
In March 21th, the staff of Wikimedia Mexico had an evaluation meeting with
the Judging Committee.
Reynosa's City Hall donation of historical

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Report, February 2014

2014-04-24 Thread James Salsman
 Revenue for the month of January is $3.42MM versus plan of $0.01MM,
approximately $3.41MM or 58,335% over plan.
 Year-to-date revenue is $38.17MM versus plan of $45.04MM, approximately
$6.87MM or 15% under plan.

Can we please use the word fiscal if we don't mean calendar year?

 Expenses for the month of January is $3.97MM versus plan of $4.53MM,
approximately $559K or 12% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel
expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees, grants and travel
expenses partially offset by higher outside contract services and payment
processing fees.
 Year-to-date expenses is $22.75MM versus plan of $27.39MM, approximately
$4.64MM or 17% under plan,
 Cash position is $54.67MM as of January 31, 2014.

Imagine a world in which the Foundation wanted to make life easier for
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Report, February 2014

2014-04-24 Thread Tilman Bayer
On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM, James Salsman wrote:
 Revenue for the month of January is $3.42MM versus plan of $0.01MM,
 approximately $3.41MM or 58,335% over plan.
 Year-to-date revenue is $38.17MM versus plan of $45.04MM, approximately
 $6.87MM or 15% under plan.

 Can we please use the word fiscal if we don't mean calendar year?

I added a wikilink to .
It's a standard expression in this context, always referring to the
fiscal year. I think inventing a new one specifically for the
Foundation's reports would add rather than reduce confusion.

Tilman Bayer
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
Wikimedia Foundation
IRC (Freenode): HaeB

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