[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia fue brevemente inaccesible en Venezuela / Wikipedia was briefly inaccessible in Venezuela

2019-01-17 Thread Pine W
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] fallout from 2018 Wikimedian of the Year announcement

2019-01-17 Thread Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin
Dear colleagues,

You can track my preparation in English @ 
https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Умный_регион/05.02.2019/en (date move to 
accommodate VIP participants' schedules). 

I had to skim my original 18 minute text to under 7. 

I intend to touch on most of what had to go via the Slides which will accompany 
my talk. 

Tatar components will be prepared last, as Russian and English are best tools 
for getting feedback from across the Wiki-world.


Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / 
skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan

14.01.2019, 19:10, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin" :
> Dear colleagues,
> This is a heads-up on the fact that on Jan.29 I will be speaking in Tatar 
> (with simultaneous interpretation of my words into Russian) at the Republic 
> of Tatarstan Ministry for ICT closing conference for 2018 in front of the 
> President of the Republic, Russia's Federal minister for ICT, members of 
> Tatarstan government, industry & the press, possibly some participants from 
> nearby regional ministries.
> I will have some 7-10 min to present on 
> https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Smart_region , rough English translation for 
> the base page completed today.
> It will be a basic intro level talk accompanied by slides about some  things 
> that can be appropriately mentioned without overburdening the public hearing 
> about Wiki-community activities for the first time in their lives. I will 
> email you draft text around the end of the week (once I am comfortable with 
> it), with some ideas on the slides I will play along my speech and a list of 
> recommended follow-on measures.
> Expected outcome: Presidential instruction to the Tatarstan government to for 
> a cross-departmental working group to study what ICT ministry led Wikimedia 
> working group (since August 2018) has came up with & look into possible way 
> of integrating this into Tatarstan social life (I was offered to formulate it 
> myself today).
> Other related Wikimedia Russia news:
> * On or around Feb.8, we are to have first follow-on introduction of 
> Wikipedia Education Program to wider professors & students' body of Kazan 
> Federal University Institute for International Relations, with director of 
> which we had a productive meeting on Dec.21, following the events described 
> in 
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/December_2018/Contents/Russia_report
> * On Feb.28-March 1 we are invited to field speakers for 
> http://eduforumkazan.ru/ (attended by Russia's Federal Minister for Education 
> and her team)
> regards,
> farhad
> --
> Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин http://sikzn.ru/ Тел.+79274158066 / 
> skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
> 05.11.2018, 17:22, "Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin" :
>>  Dear colleagues,
>>  Below is my October activities report & description of upcoming events
>>  1) On Oct.13-14 at 
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CEE_Meeting_2018 we presented some 
>> of the things we are doing in Russia (FYI: without any WMF grants). See 
>> details at 
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/October_2018/Contents/Russia_report
>>  2) On Oct.20 I had a two hour long meeting with the Deputy head of 
>> Tatarstan Presidential Adiministration responsible for internal policy 
>> http://president.tatarstan.ru/eng/apparat/structure?person_id=19792_id=49064
>>  who officially invited me to engage Wikimedia Russia and other Wikimedia 
>> movement volunteers to develop "Smart wiki-region" roadmap for regional 
>> authorities throughout the Russian Federation to start learning about the 
>> Wikimedia movement and understanding how partnering therewith could be of 
>> mutual interests. This was a follow up of the Oct.1 meeting with Mintimer 
>> Shaimiev 
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-October/091151.html, 
>> but mainly around my last year's musings I finally finished translating into 
>> English today @ 
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Frhdkazan/Wiki4RegionalDevt
>>  3) On Oct.23 We have started growing the project on WMRU-wiki at 
>> https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Умный_регион (currently in Russian only), 
>> using also eponymous thread at [wikimedia-ru] mailing list (last message 
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-ru/2018-November/004914.html 
>> ).
>>  4) In mid-November we are expecting to have a presentation of the project 
>> and our domestic experience https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Selet_WikiSchool 
>> at the large meeting called on by the ex-President of Tatarstan, State 
>> Councillor to the Republic, UNESCO Special envoy for Intercultural Dialogue 
>> Mintimer Shaimiev http://shaimiev.tatarstan.ru/eng - with invitation of
>>  * First Deputy Head of the Tatarstan Presidential Administration 
>> (http://president.tatarstan.ru/eng/apparat/structure?person_id=32_id=84096),
>>  * a large body of regional ministers
>>  ** Tatar 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Survey about the Foundation's Mission

2019-01-17 Thread James Salsman
Are those objecting to discussion of specific choices of advocacy
areas of the Foundation aware that the Movement Strategy staff have
seated an Advocacy Working Group and begun discussions with it
focusing on "public policies and agendas to define areas where active
advocacy and political engagement supports our mission and our
strategic direction"? The rationale for that Working Group leaves no
question that scope of advocacy efforts is a central topic of their

Here are the top questions staff has posed to that Working Group so far:

> What policy areas do we want to prioritize on our way to becoming the 
> essential infrastructure for free knowledge? Where do we have to align with 
> the broader global movement?
> What policy changes are necessary to achieve our strategic vision? What are 
> areas where the movement has an opportunity to make change?
> What is the most effective way to promote public policy that advances our 
> goals? What kind of legal, public policy and activist capacities do we need 
> within movement organizations and communities, and how can we build them?

Moreover, such questions are clearly "Organizational issues of the
Wikimedia Foundation" and as such are strictly on topic according to
the wikimedia-l charter.

Using polls to settle controversial questions is so established that
it is part of literally every legislature:

Lane Rasberry wrote:
> We do not have community capacity to endlessly complete surveys,
> and I would like survey moderation.

The survey and all its questions are completely optional, and I can
see from the bitly statistics many more people viewed it than
submitted it; I'm sure nobody felt obligated to complete it. The
research guidelines do not appear to apply to studies of populations
including the Foundation staff and contractors, as far as I can tell,
because they only mention project contributors and readers as
subjects. And, "Most research is conducted independently, without
knowledge by or approval from the Wikimedia Foundation," per

Amir Sarabadani wrote:
> You just disclosed results of the survey before it ends, meaning people who
> fill out the survey are biased on what majority thinks and vote under peer
> pressure.

There was more peer pressure in the opposite direction prior to the
disclosure. The results have always been open to anyone who submits
the form, and all the questions are optional. It was not intended to
be a scientifically accurate poll. There was a discussion of
countering self-selection bias in the Research Showcase today. The
only way to reliably counter self-selection bias is to secure
agreement to answer questions from randomly selected members of the
subject populations before they are posed to the respondents. I would
love to see such a study.

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