Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Hi all,

Thanks to Kirill and to the rest of the committee for their kind words. I'm
very fond of having served AffCom and I'm always available if you think my
past experience could be useful.

As to Stu's question —yes, there have been cases of outgoing committee
members not being re-appointed.

Best,

Galileo


El 23 ene. 2018 4:37 p. m., "Stuart Prior" <stuart.pr...@wikimedia.org.uk>
escribió:

Congratulations to those re-selected and newly appointed, and
commiserations to those unsuccessful.

I do have one question spurred on by the consistent re-selection of
existing members for the past two rounds which will might require a little
collective institutional memory to answer.
Has anyone putting themselves forward for re-selection ever not been
re-appointed by the committee?

Best

Stuart
(User:Battleofalma)

On 23 January 2018 at 13:52, Nabin K. Sapkota <nboycreationne...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.
>
> Cheers,
> Nabin
>
> On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and
> Sami
> > Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
> > addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have
> been
> > re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our
new
> > and returning members.
> >
> > The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
> > stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
> > everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
> > standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Galileo Vidoni
I'm sure this is great news not only for the Foundation but also for the
movement as a whole.

Congratulations to Katherine and thanks to the Board for taking this
decision.


*Galileo Vidoni*
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Sydney Poore <sydney.po...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
> Warm regards.
> Sydney
> On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro" <oonacas...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> > Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein" <meta...@gmail.com> escreveu:
> >
> > > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman" <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and
> thanks
> > to
> > > > all those involved.
> > > >
> > > > James
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Dear all,
> > > > >
> > > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > > Katherine
> > > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > > effective
> > > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > > >
> > > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > > months,
> > > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> > kind
> > > > of
> > > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > > Foundation
> > > > > and the movement.
> > > > >
> > > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> > by
> > > > the
> > > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> > feedback
> > > > from
> > > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > > Katherine.
> > > > >
> > > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > > different
> > > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent
> the
> > > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> > by
> > > > her
> > > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> > committee
> > > > was
> > > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > > important
> > > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications.
> Their
> > > > first
> > > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > > description.
> > > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > > >
> > > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> > leadership
> > > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> > worked
> > > > with
> > > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation
> department,
> > > the
> > > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one
> interviews
> > > with
> > > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> > collecting
> > > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> > launched
> > > a
> > > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> > the
> > > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > > Meta.[3]
> > > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > > profile
> > > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-23 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Congrats to Christophe and María. We're sure the Foundation will be in good
hands ;).

Gracias Patro!

Galileo Vidoni
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
Thank you for all of your work,
nice persons are leaving, nice persons are joining.

You know that for me you be always Patricio, Natalia, Cristophe, Maria,
Frieda, Alice. All Wikipedians.

On Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 6:02 PM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
> Tymkiv have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate
> Board-selected members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia
> community, and in their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve
as
> excellent contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can
learn
> more about them in an announcement we made in May:
>
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
>
>
> Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
> María Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long
history
> of involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles
> at Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
>
> More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
> me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
> their terms ahead.
>
>
> I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
> Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
> Chair.
>
> Patricio Lorente
>
>
> About Christophe Henner
>
> Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
> deputy CEO of Webedia <http://www.webedia.com>'s gaming division, the
> international digital media group headquartered in France.
>
> He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
> leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
>
> Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
> than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
> <http://www.wikimedia.fr/> and has remained an active Board member in
> various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
> Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the
> Board, Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant
period
> of growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand,
> and supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and
> vision for the chapter.
>
>
>
> About Maria Sefidari
>
> Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and
> Citizenship Master's degree program <http://cccd.es/wp/> of Rey Juan
> Carlos University
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Juan_Carlos_University> at the
> MediaLab-Prado <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/es:MediaLab-Prado>. María
> graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complutense_University_of_Madrid>, and
> later a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty
> of the same university.
>
>
> María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has
> since served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She
was
> a founding member of Wikimedia España
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Espa%C3%B1a> and Wikimujeres
> Grupo de Usuarias <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimujeres>, and also
> created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/es:Wikiproyecto:LGBT>. She has served on
> several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee> and Individual
> Engagement Grants <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG>
> committees. In her time on the Affiliations committee, María served as the
> first Treasurer of the committee, effectively overseeing and monitoring
> disbursement of the committee's budget. Maria served a prior term on the
> Wikimedia Foundation board from 2013 to 2015.
>
>
>
> About Nataliia Tymkiv
>
> Nataliia currently serves as Financial Director of the Centre for
> Democracy and Rule of Law, a Ukrainian media policy and human rights
> nonprofit. Nataliia has a Masters degree in Public Administration and a
> Specialist degree in Records Management and Information Activities.
>
> She has in-depth experience in executive leadership and financial
> management. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia
> worked at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction
> com

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliate Selected Board Seats - Result

2016-05-09 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Congratulations, Christophe and Nataliia! We are sure you'll both be great
assets for the Board. Thanks to the facilitators for their work (and
calculations!).

Best,

*Galileo Vidoni*
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 4:01 PM, Santiago Navarro <
santiagonava...@wikimedia.es> wrote:

> Congratulations Christophe and Nataliia, and thanks to all candidates and
> facilitators.
>
>
> El 2016-05-09 21:00, Ivan Martínez escribió:
>
>> Congratulations to the new members!
>> And also thanks to organizers.
>> Warmly,
>>
>> 2016-05-09 13:30 GMT-05:00 Tim Moritz Hector <
>> tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de
>>
>>> :
>>>
>>
>> Congratulations to Christophe and Nataliia! It's great to see two strong
>>> candidates join the Board soon, and I am confident of your ability to
>>> shape
>>> the Board and strengthen our movement. We are looking forward to working
>>> with you over the coming years.
>>>
>>> Also many thanks to everyone else who was running and of course to Chris,
>>> Lorenzo and Lane for facilitating these elections.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Tim
>>>
>>>
>>> 2016-05-09 16:11 GMT+02:00 Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>:
>>>
>>> > Dear Wikimedians,
>>> >
>>> > We are writing to let you know the result of the election for the 2
>>> > Affiliate Selected Board Seats on the Wikimedia Foundation board.
>>> >
>>> > The successful candidates were *Christophe Henner* and *Nataliia
>>> Tymkiv.*
>>> >
>>> > A total of 40 chapters and thorgs voted - all except for the Macedonia
>>> and
>>> > Macau chapters - which is a record.
>>> >
>>> > The number of first preferences received by each candidate was as
>>> follows:
>>> >
>>> > Christophe Henner (9.00);
>>> > Siska Doviana (6.75);
>>> > Jan Ainali (5.50);
>>> > Osmar Valdebenito (5.50);
>>> > Nataliia Tymkiv (4.75);
>>> > Susanna Mkrtchyan (3.25);
>>> > Lodewijk Gelauff (2.50);
>>> > Maarten Deneckere (1.50);
>>> > Kunal Mehta(1.25);
>>> > Leigh Thelmadatter (0.00)
>>> >
>>> > As you know the election was conducted under the Single Transferable
>>> Vote,
>>> > which meant that votes were redistributed between candidates to come up
>>> > with the final result. In the 9th round of voting the final place,
>>> after
>>> > Christophe was elected, was between Nataliia (16.09) and Siska (9.91).
>>> We
>>> > will be putting the full count narrative on the Chapters Wiki so that
>>> > others can verify it if they wish.
>>> >
>>> > We would like to congratulate Christophe and Nataliia and thank
>>> everyone
>>> > who stood. It is the closest ASBS result for some time, and all
>>> candidates
>>> > brought very valuable perspectives to the work of the WMF.
>>> >
>>> > Regards,
>>> >
>>> > Chris Keating, Lorenzo Losa, Lane Rasberry
>>> > Election Facilitators
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-25 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Congrats, Katy! I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job.

Galileo Vidoni
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM, ido ivri <idoi...@gmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hello, all.
> > >
> > > I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the
> > role
> > > of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department,
> picking
> > up
> > > the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been
> with
> > > the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first
> > program
> > > officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m
> > grateful
> > > to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to
> collaborating
> > > with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.
> > >
> > > We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
> > > grants program in the weeks ahead.
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > >
> > > Maggie
> > >
> > >
> >
>
> Katy - lots of congratulations! You're going to do amazing things. Trust
> me, I know...
> It's been a privilege working with you on our APGs and in between - our
> staff might be shy (or asleep, it's waaay past bedtime here) so I'll take
> this opportunity to say that we at Wikimedia Israel have come a long way
> and learned a lot as an organization under your guidance and with your good
> counsel.
>
> It's been tremendous so far, looking forward for the next round :)
>
> Fondly,
>
> Ido
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Congratulations, María! I am sure your experience, sensibility and wisdom
will be of great help for the Foundation at this difficult time.

Galileo

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 12:36 PM, Ziko van Dijk  wrote:

> Dear Patricio,
>
> Thank you for the information. I would be interested in an elaboration
> of the advantages and disadvantages of a community election, though.
>
> Kind regards
> Ziko
>
> 2016-01-29 16:27 GMT+01:00 Patricio Lorente :
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> > I am happy to announce the Board intends to fill the open community
> Trustee
> > seat at our meeting this weekend. On Saturday, María Sefidari will accept
> > an appointment to the Board of Trustees, stepping into the third
> > community-nominated seat. The appointment will last the remainder of the
> > two year term, until Wikimania 2017.
> >
> >
> > Many of you know María. She previously served as a community-selected
> > Trustee from August 2013 to July 2015. In the most recent 2015 community
> > elections, she received the next highest support percentage, and highest
> > number of support votes. She was born and lives in Madrid, Spain, and has
> > been a contributor to the Wikimedia projects since 2006. She was a
> founding
> > member of Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject, Wikimedia España, and
> > Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias. She has also served on the Affiliations
> and
> > Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is passionate about the
> role
> > of diversity in our strategic efforts to retain and increase editorship,
> > and improving channels for community participation in Foundation
> governance
> > and policymaking.
> >
> >
> > We consulted with the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
> before
> > deciding how to proceed in identifying a new Trustee. They offered
> > thoughtful feedback on the possible available options, and we’re grateful
> > for their considerations. (
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015
> > <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015#2015_Foundation_Elections_Committee_thoughts_on_how_to_fill_the_vacancy_in_the_Board_after_the_removal_of_James_Heilman
> >
> > )
> >
> >
> > We are certain many of you are wondering why we decided against holding
> > another election. We did consider the option, but the disadvantages
> > outweighed the benefits. The last election was well-attended, and still
> > quite recent. Holding a new election would take considerable time, and we
> > have important issues to address in the near future. It was important to
> us
> > that the community perspective is fully represented in these
> conversations,
> > without delay. We also didn’t want to distract from the affiliate Trustee
> > selection process, which is coming up soon.
> >
> >
> > I am excited by the dedication, compassion, and experience María brings
> to
> > the Board at a crucial time. We are confident she will serve our mission
> > with wisdom and grace.
> >
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating our friend María, and thanking her
> service
> > to our movement.
> >
> >
> > Patricio
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA

2014-02-27 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Not to mention demanding excuses and delivering such high expressions of
politesse as this one:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk%3AWikimedia_Argentina%2FOpen_letter_regarding_URAAdiff=7665183oldid=7665158

I'll repeat it here for the record: I'm sorry and I offer our apologies if
any Commons admin felt offended or personally touched by our words. We keep
them, though, because the situation that motivated us to make our voice
heard in that terms has not changed. It is always hard to find the exact
tone in a multilingual community as ours, even including cultural
disagreements about the nature of open letters as Cristian has noted. Our
language was intended to be hard, not rude, and I apologize if anyone
considers we crossed that line.

We remain convinced that something is fundamentally wrong when its
practical result is self-inflicting the highest possible loss of contents.
And we remain convinced that there is space for a way more prudent
implementation of URAA that prevents deleting educational resources until
there is complete copyright information and no legal alternative, which to
our understanding (and to our interpretation of WMF's communications) can
mean waiting for DMCA takedown notices.

Best,

Galileo


On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.vewrote:

 And what about the [apparently lack of] self-criticism of some Commons
 sysops/admins?

 I think being able to accept criticism and moreover being able to say
 hey, somebody is questioning what we do. Why would that be? instead of
 plainly rejecting any questioning, is one essential part of civility..

 M

 El 27/02/2014 09:19 p.m., Pierre-Selim escribió:

  Still no explanation (nor appologies) on usage of inappropriate wording
 towards volunteer by the board of Wikimedia Argentina.

 It quite amazing when almost all projects have policies on civility ...


 2014-02-27 0:24 GMT+01:00 geni geni...@gmail.com:

  On 26 February 2014 22:39, Galileo Vidoni gali...@gmail.com wrote:

  [Sorry for this excurse]

 Dear Geni, the 20 years indeed come from article 24 of law 11 723. The
 25
 years come from the Berne Convention.


 But that merely established a minimum under international law. Unless you
 have some case law that says otherwise I'd suggest that article 6 applies
 to unpublished photographs which results in an effective term of life+10
 for unpublished photographs (although life+30 could be gained through
 careful timing of publication).



  In any case, Argentine copyright law
 is already known and documented in Commons, and we have been using a
 specific template (PD-AR-Photo) for years.


 See the last section of the template talk page which covers some of the
 issues the template has with US law. I'm afraid years of use doesn't mean
 that it has been reviewed by common's more serious copyright nerds.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA

2014-02-26 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Thanks for your replies. We'll surely take the French precedent into
account if Commons' admins fail to reconsider the current policies and we
propose hosting images on the Spanish Wikipedia. By the way, I forgot to
mention that we've also published this letter on Meta and that there's also
an ongoing discussion there:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Argentina/Open_letter_regarding_URAA

Best,

Galileo


On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM, Yann Forget yan...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi,

 2014-02-26 16:01 GMT+05:30 David Gerard dger...@gmail.com:

  On 24 February 2014 20:51, Galileo Vidoni gali...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   However, over the last months certain Wikimedia Commons administrators
  have
   conducted massive deletions of these contents, in many cases involving
   entire categories. The burden of proof has been inverted: instead of
  having
   to justify the deletion of a certain file, things go that volunteers
 have
   to devout their time trying to justify the validity of their efforts.
  This
   has caused great damage, not only by way of our readers loosing access
 to
   free educational contents, but also de-motivating many editors and
   volunteers by making them feel that their efforts are ultimately vain
 and
   that our goal of free knowledge for everyone is being replaced by a
  certain
   legal fetishism whose reason gets lost in processes and misses the
  outcome.
 
  This strongly suggests that URAA is a good reason to deprecate
  Commons, and have language wikis self-host images that fail the more
  unduly stringent requirements Commons is manifesting these days.
 

 If only some Commons admins were not pursuing a political campaign to
 delete all these under false pretences, everything would be much better.

 Regards,

 Yann
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA

2014-02-26 Thread Galileo Vidoni
[Sorry for this excurse]

Dear Geni, the 20 years indeed come from article 24 of law 11 723. The 25
years come from the Berne Convention. In any case, Argentine copyright law
is already known and documented in Commons, and we have been using a
specific template (PD-AR-Photo) for years. Regarding article 31,
personality rights do not apply to public activities; what the law is
protecting are private portraits in particular: Publication of portraits
is free when related with scientific, didactical and in general cultural
goals, or with facts or events in the public interest or that have
developed in public.

Best,

Galileo


On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM, geni geni...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 24 February 2014 20:51, Galileo Vidoni gali...@gmail.com wrote:

  Dear movement fellows,
 
  Wikimedia Argentina would like to express its support for the letter by
  Wikimedia Israel regarding URAA-motivated massive content deletions in
  Wikimedia Commons. Yet, we would like to express our view not only to the
  Foundation BoT but also to all Wikimedia editors, and especially to those
  working in Wikimedia Commons.
 
  Volunteers from Argentina have been among the most affected by the policy
  adopted by Wikimedia Commons administrators regarding images that could
  fall under URAA copyright provisions. Argentine copyright law provides
 that
  images enter the public domain only 25 years after their production and
  20 after their first documented publication.


 You really should cite the relevant law if you want commons to pay
 attention to you.

 Okey I get that the 20 years come from Article 34 but I'm not sure where
 the 25 years comes from.



  This relatively generous
  criterion has enabled unaffiliated volunteers and we as Wikimedia
 Argentina
  to enrich Commons with hundreds of thousands of historical images that
 are
  absolutely free under Argentine law: images of the political and every
 day
  life of the country, of its culture, of its popular idols, of its joyful
  and dark days, of its customs and architecture.
 


 Absolutely free? Not so. Due to Article 31 pretty much any photo that shows
 a person who hasn't been dead for 20 years isn't free (this is a side
 effect of Argentina going for a rather extreme form of personality rights)


 I'd also advise you against hosting locally. Under Article 72 bis (d)
 copyright violations can carry a prison sentence.


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[Wikimedia-l] Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA

2014-02-24 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Dear movement fellows,

Wikimedia Argentina would like to express its support for the letter by
Wikimedia Israel regarding URAA-motivated massive content deletions in
Wikimedia Commons. Yet, we would like to express our view not only to the
Foundation BoT but also to all Wikimedia editors, and especially to those
working in Wikimedia Commons.

Volunteers from Argentina have been among the most affected by the policy
adopted by Wikimedia Commons administrators regarding images that could
fall under URAA copyright provisions. Argentine copyright law provides that
images enter the public domain only 25 years after their production and
20 after their first documented publication. This relatively generous
criterion has enabled unaffiliated volunteers and we as Wikimedia Argentina
to enrich Commons with hundreds of thousands of historical images that are
absolutely free under Argentine law: images of the political and every day
life of the country, of its culture, of its popular idols, of its joyful
and dark days, of its customs and architecture.

However, over the last months certain Wikimedia Commons administrators have
conducted massive deletions of these contents, in many cases involving
entire categories. The burden of proof has been inverted: instead of having
to justify the deletion of a certain file, things go that volunteers have
to devout their time trying to justify the validity of their efforts. This
has caused great damage, not only by way of our readers loosing access to
free educational contents, but also de-motivating many editors and
volunteers by making them feel that their efforts are ultimately vain and
that our goal of free knowledge for everyone is being replaced by a certain
legal fetishism whose reason gets lost in processes and misses the outcome.

We acknowledge that the Wikimedia Foundation BoT and its Legal team have
repeatedly stated, as has been reinforced in recent communications, that
images shouldn't be deleted unless we receive a takedown notice, and that
it has not received a single URAA-motivated notice to date. Certain
Wikimedia Commons administrators have dismissed the Foundation's statement
as a mere opinion vis-à-vis the SCOTUS ruling. Yet, it is an opinion by the
organization that is legally responsible for the contents being hosted in
Wikimedia Commons.

We respectfully call the Wikimedia Commons community to reflect on the
practical consequences of its current policy on URAA's implementation.
Those files generating potential conflict could be even identified as such
without the need for a pre-emptive deletion. And we would like the Commons
community to reflect not only on the preventive loss of free contents we
are generating, but also on the harmful disconnection between Wikimedia
Commons and all of the other Wikimedia projects it serves as media
repository, mostly Wikipedia.

Many years ago, the editors of the Spanish Wikipedia decided to close the
possibility to directly host images, choosing instead to use Wikimedia
Commons. If we miss the opportunity to find a workaround that saves
hundreds of thousands of images from an unrequested deletion that hurts our
very mission, Wikipedia editors could ultimately evaluate reversing that
decision, reopening project-hosted uploads just to avoid the restrictive
and exclusionary URAA interpretation that Wikimedia Commons has been
sustaining against the Foundation's political and legal advice. That would
be far from being an optimal outcome.

We are sure that we as the broader community of Wikimedia volunteers can
find a common ground that permits to adapt to all legal conditions and
challenges while putting in the first place the fulfillment of our goal
towards free knowledge.

Approved by the Board of Wikimedia Argentina on February 22, 2014
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing Anna Torres Adell as new Wikimedia Argentina ED

2014-02-21 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Dear movement fellows,

I'm pleased to announce that Wikimedia Argentina has a new Executive
Director. Please welcome Anna Torres Adell to our movement!

Anna was born in Barcelona but settled in Buenos Aires a couple of years
ago. She is a licentiate in Political Science for the Universitat Pompeu
Fabra and has post-graduate studies in International Cooperation;
Management and Control of Public Policies; and Local Development and the
Social Economy.

She developed an interest on international cooperation and social matters
since her teens, helping establish an educational NGO in Guatemala when she
was just over 20. She has since lived and worked in Spain, México,
Guatemala and Argentina. Before joining us at Wikimedia Argentina, Anna was
the ED of PROEM Foundation, an organization aimed at coaching small
businesses. Anna's track record also includes working with AECID, the
Spanish agency for international cooperation, and the United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

She has extensive knowledge and experience in the five dimensions that we
cared the most when recruiting: commitment with the social goal of free
knowledge, working with volunteers, administration, program management and
funding.

Selecting Anna was not easy, but not because we couldn't find the right
person: We had just too much good EDs we wanted to hire! Thankfully we
could choose from an important pool of candidates and proceed to evaluate
thoroughly each one of them. We received over 100 applications, of which
not less than half were pertinent. We gave all of them a score and made
successive filtering stages before arriving to the eight people we
interviewed in person over the last days.

As you may have read on this list back in January, our decision to hire a
new ED has to do with Osmar leaving us to return to his home country. Let
me highlight that this good news could not have been possible without
Osmar's work and commitment. Not only he helped designing the work
description for his replacement, but he also participated in the recruiting
and hiring process.

We are extremely grateful to all what he has done to advance our mission in
Wikimedia Argentina, and while we are certainly saddened to see him go we
know that both he and us are doing everything possible to leave the
organization on track and in good hands. Programmatic work will not suffer
from this leadership change; if any, we as Board will ensure it gets
reinforced.

Anna will formally start working with us on March 1, and throughout all of
that month Osmar will continue with us in Benedict fashion as ED emeritus
to ensure that all the necessary knowledge, proceedings and contacts are
transferred from one administration to another. We are glad to have
achieved this level of stability as an organization, and we'd love to
spread the word about this happy and smooth transition in the
WikimediaConference with whoever wants to hear us :).

We asked Osmar to be one of our representatives in Berlin as his last act
of service, so it will also be a nice opportunity for you to meet him. In
the meantime, please welcome Anna to the Wikimedia movement and to this
mailing list!

Best regards,

*Galileo Vidoni*
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Ukraine -- is everyone safe?

2014-02-20 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Please refrain from using this list for political claims. The purpose of
this thread was to know if our WMUA fellows are safe.

Thanks,

Galileo Vidoni
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
El 20/02/2014 12:53, Dennis Pierri dennis6...@gmail.com escribió:

 In Venezuela we are going through the same situation! We students are
 being brutally repressed by government forces just for peacefully
 protesting, they've killed several students in cold blod, and they
 infiltrate our parades to generate destruction and chaos just to try and
 justify their actions. Every mayor city in Venezuela is protesting against
 the so called son of Chavez, Cuban-controlled dictator Nicolás Maduro and
 his destructive economical and political policies. CNN en espanol (along
 with other international mass media) is making wide coverage of the
 situation because no national mass media is allowed to do so, they even
 took of air NTN24 (a Colombian news channel) for giving coverage of the
 situation. The only channel allowed to give coverage of the situation is
 the government controlled channel VTV, they only report what the government
 can use to their favor and very often twist stories to fit their purposes.
 Venezuela wants liberty and democracy, we are fighting for it, please help
 us by staying well informed, look for several sources not only one, and by
 giving us moral support!

 Dennis Pierri

 On 20/02/2014, at 09:03, Laura Hale la...@fanhistory.com wrote:

  On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM, Bohdan Melnychuk bas...@yandex.ru
 wrote:
 
  Some WMUA members stay on barricades. Other help in hospitals. IDK if
  right now but they do regularly. --Base
 
 
  I've blogged about this issue at
 
 http://wikinewsreporter.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/ukrainian-civil-unrest-and-sochi-reporting/
 .
  The people I've dealt with in the chapter have been awesome all
  things
  considered in trying to support the movement by providing free
 information
  while at the same time trying to deal with everything that is going on
  around them.
 
  Sincerely,
  Laura Hale
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Ukraine -- is everyone safe?

2014-02-20 Thread Galileo Vidoni
On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM, Galileo Vidoni gali...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Please refrain from using this list for political claims. The purpose of
  this thread was to know if our WMUA fellows are safe.
 
  Thanks,
 
  Galileo Vidoni
  Presidente
  A. C. Wikimedia Argentina



 Galileo, that is not the policy of this list.

 Wishing a safe and healthy life to all Ukrainians during their time of
 turmoil.

 ~Nathan


Just in case it was not clear what was I replying to: claims about
Cuban-controlled dictators, and partisan politics in general. I'm sure
this list was not created to discuss partisan claims about local
politicians, just like we're not discussing Obamacare --not politics in the
broad sense, of course: Latin languages don't even make a distinction, as
English does, between politics and policies. Aiming to know the situation
of fellow Wikimedians, whether they are in Ukraine, in Venezuela, or in
whatever other place undergoing difficult circumstances, is a completely
different thing.

I hope it's clear now.

Best,

Galileo Vidoni
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of two new user groups

2014-01-29 Thread Galileo Vidoni
El 29/01/2014 10:19, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com escribió:

 Bence Damokos, 29/01/2014 13:00:

 The Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil and New England Wikimedians are
 two active groups of Wikimedians on the American continents with a
history
 of projects and great plans for the future. You can learn more about
their
 work on their respective websites at:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brasil_user_group
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_England_Wikimedians


 Is that a unified proposals of the brasilian wikimedians, or will some
competing almost-pseudo-(non-)group continue existing? If unity was finally
achieved, this is indeed a very festive day! (Sorry for the blunt question
but I don't have time to read hundreds kB to find out myself.)

 Nemo

Everyone who was ready and willing to work as a group is on board,
basically. So this is indeed great news :).

Best,

Galileo Vidoni
Member, Affiliations Committee
Presidente - A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
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