Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to the July 2019 Wikimedia Monthly Activities Meeting: Thursday, July 25th, 18:00 UTC

2019-07-26 Thread John DeBruyn
Where, at what web address or URL would I be able confirm that what I
posted during the meeting was received and sent out to the other folks who
were participating in the meeting? Thanks, much appreciated, John DeBruyn
On Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 11:39 AM Sasha Redkina  wrote:

This meeting is starting in 20 min
>
> Sasha Redkina
> Front Office Coordinator
> *The Wikimedia Foundation*
> www.wikimediafoundation.org
>
>
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 3:25 PM Sasha Redkina 
> wrote:
>
> > Hello everyone,
> > The next Wikimedia Monthly Activities meeting will take place on
> Thursday,
> > July 25th, 2019 at 18:00  UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
> > #wikimedia-office on https://webchat.freenode.net, and the meeting will
> > be broadcast as a live YouTube stream:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHnso8LvL_Q
> > We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
> >
> > Agenda
> >
> > Facilitator: TBA
> >
> >- Welcome and introduction to agenda - 2 minutes
> >- Movement update - 3 minutes
> >- Talk Pages Consultation presentation - 10 minutes
> >- Wikimedia Foundation updated website design demonstration - 10
> >minutes
> >- Wikimedia movement strategy update - 15 minutes
> >- Questions and discussion - 10 minutes
> >- Wikilove - 5 minutes
> >
> >
> >
> > Please review the meeting's Meta-Wiki page for further information about
> > the meeting and how to participate:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_monthly_activities_meetings
> >
> >
> >
> > Thank you!
> > Sasha Redkina
> > Front Office Coordinator
> > *The Wikimedia Foundation*
> > www.wikimediafoundation.org
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes to Rapid Grants - Effective August 1, 2019

2019-07-26 Thread Farah Jack Mustaklem
Hi Woubzena,
I've submitted a couple of requests in July, hoping that we can get them
going before the new changes take place:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Grants:Project/Rapid/UG_LEV/Summer_2019-2020_Education_Program_in_Palestine

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Grants:Project/Rapid/UG_LEV/Summer-Winter_2019-2020_Education_Program_in_Palestine

Can you please let me know what the status is?
Thanks!
Farah


On Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 2:35 AM Woubzena Jifar  wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> Hope this email finds you well. We are sending this message to select
> community mailing lists and all previous recipients of Wikimedia Foundation
> Rapid Grants.
>
> As you know the Rapid Grants Program
>  [1] has played an
> important role in helping our communities to grow. The number of grants we
> have given out grew by 30% between FY16 -17 to this fiscal year, and they
> grew by 55% when measured by the total amount disbursed. (See the spending
> analysis
> 
> [2] for reference.*)
>
> While communities have valued these flexible funding opportunities, on our
> part, it hasn’t been easy to measure and track their impact. We therefore
> will be implementing a number of changes in Fiscal Year 19/20, starting 
> *August
> 1 2019*, to sharpen the focus and impact of rapid grants, whilst at the
> same time maintaining the quick and flexible funding options for community:
>
> 1) In the months specified below, we will prioritize support to *contests
> and campaigns* which have been an exciting source of growth in
> editorship, innovative participation and content generation by communities.
> These months will be solely dedicated to different contests and campaigns
> throughout the year:
>
>- *August*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Monuments*
>- *September*: only receiving proposals for *Awareness Grants*
>(campaign)
>- *December*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Africa *
>- *January*: only receiving proposals for *Art + Feminism* (campaign)
>- *March*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Earth*
>
> 2) Outside the months specified above, proposals are welcomed in all
> other categories: edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, general promotion
> campaigns, and video campaigns. For added flexibility, we will also
> consider proposals outside of these categories, such as software
> development. However, we will no longer be providing rapid grants for
> travel support, equipment purchase or meetups.
>
> 3) We will evaluate each batch of grants once a month and accept the best
> proposals in alignment with the Wikimedia Foundation’s medium-term goals.
>
> We will share the evaluation for the Rapid Grants Program that led us to
> sharpen the focus for the program once the evaluation is completed by
> September 30, 2019. In addition to these changes, we’ve also considered
> comments around Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants eligibility criteria and
> have clarified these criteria. Please take the time to re-familiarize
> yourselves with the Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants Guidelines and
> Criteria  [4]
> page.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term
> 
> [3] plan goals are set out here for information.
>
> If you have any questions, please email us at .
>
>
> Best regards,
> Woubzena
>
> *Please note that we have not yet put out the final FY 2018-19 numbers and
> we’re basing this calculation based on up to date internal numbers of 184
> grants and $270,194.
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid
>
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_spending_analysis
>
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019
>
>
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Learn
>
> Woubzena Jifar (pronouns - she/her/hers)
>
> Program Officer, Rapid Grants
>
> User: WJifar (WMF)
>
> Wikimedia Foundation 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Universal forced HTTPS backdoor in Kazakhstan

2019-07-26 Thread Yury Bulka
I don't see any position from Mozilla on this yet:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1567114
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.security.policy/wnuKAhACo3E

Couldn't find anything about Google Chrome.

Meanwhile, I have emailed secur...@wikimedia.org with a link to this
discussion (hope it's not a terribly inappropriate thing to do).

I'd be great to hear from WMF about their view on this.

Best,
Yury.

Yury Bulka  writes:

> I'm not in Kazakhstan and am not in directly touch with any of
> wikimedians there, so I don't know their position.
>
> However, I'm not sure how much freedom they have in expressing their
> honest opinion about this publicly. Simply because it is always a
> pros-and-cons calculation to criticise your local goverment in such
> situations.
>
> Yaroslav Blanter  writes:
>
>> I do not think Kazakhstan has a chapter. In the past, some Kazakh
>> Wikimedians enjoyed close collaboration with the government (for example,
>> the Kazakhstani Encyclopedia has been released under a free license and
>> verbatim copied to the Kazakh Wikipedia, so that I do not expect much.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Yaroslav
>>
>> On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM Thomas Townsend 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Yury
>>>
>>> What is the position of the Kazakhstan chapter on this?
>>>
>>> The Turnip
>>>
>>> On Sun, 21 Jul 2019 at 11:36, Yury Bulka
>>>  wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I'm sure many have heard about this:
>>> >
>>> https://thehackernews.com/2019/07/kazakhstan-https-security-certificate.html
>>> >
>>> > Essentially, the government in Kazakhstan started forcing citizens into
>>> > installing a root TLS certificate on their devices that would allow the
>>> > government to intercept, decrypt and manipulate all HTTPS traffic.
>>> >
>>> > Without the centificate, it seems, citizens can't access HTTPS pages (at
>>> > least on some ISPs).
>>> >
>>> > I think this has serious implications for Wikipedia & Wikimedia, as not
>>> > only they would be easily able to see which articles people read, but
>>> > also steal login credentials, depseudonymize people and even hijack
>>> > admin accounts.
>>> >
>>> > Another danger is that if this effort by Kazakhstan will succeed, other
>>> > governments may start doing the same.
>>> >
>>> > I wonder if WMF has any position on this yet?
>>> >
>>> > Best,
>>> > Yury.
>>> >
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[Wikimedia-l] What's making you happy this week? (Week of 21 July 2019)

2019-07-26 Thread Pine W
I apologize for the lateness of this week's email.

I would like to highlight the recognition of the Dehalvi Wikimedia
Community User Group
 and Wikimedia
Community User Group Math
. (I
wish that I could translate this email's subject line into Urdu.
Regrettably, I have doubts regarding the automated translation. I would be
appreciative if anyone would like to share a manual translation of the
subject line into Urdu.)

I thought that this thread on Wikitech-l was interesting: "Difference
between #goal and #epic
".

Last week there were at least two notable anniversaries in space
exploration.
1. 20 July 1969 was the date that astronauts on the Apollo 11
 spaceflight landed on Earth's moon
.
2. 23 July 1995 was when two astronomers, one of them being an amateur
astronomer , first
discovered Comet Hale–Bopp
.

I enjoy looking at English Wikipedia featured pictures, including these
subcategories of space featured pictures:
* Looking out

* Understanding

* Getting there

* Looking back

* Panorama


My guess is that many of us have looked up at the sky at night and thought
about the moon, the stars, and the planets. Maybe you have seen shooting
stars
,
comets like Hale–Bopp, or the Milky Way
. If you have
the opportunity to try astronomy or night photography
, I encourage
you to do so.

I would like to close this email with two quotes.

First, the famous quote by astronaut Neil Armstrong as he first set foot on
the Moon: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind
."

Second, a quote by amateur astronomer Thomas Bopp
: " I--I'll never give up
looking at the skies. There's so many beautiful things there. And I love to
share that with people."

What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
language

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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