[Wikimedia-l] Feedback requested on draft updated Wikimedia Foundation Conflict of Interest Policy

2021-11-01 Thread Amanda Keton
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation legal team has posted a draft of an updated
conflict of interest policy on Meta-Wiki:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest_policy/2021_updates

We are collecting feedback on the policy for the next three weeks: today
until 22 November.

The updated policy will replace the current Conflict of Interest Policy for
Board Members, Officers, Executives, and Key Employees.[1] Note: This is
not related to any policies or issues regarding paid/conflict of interest
editing of the projects. It is about conflicts of interest that may arise
in connection with an individual’s executive or Board role at the
Foundation.

In preparing the updated policy, we consulted model conflict of interest
policies, guidance regarding best practices for conflict of interest
policies, outside legal experts on non-profit governance, and the points
raised in the community discussion on conflicts of interest earlier this
year.[2]

We invite you to review the draft policy and leave any feedback you have on
the talk page. In particular, we are interested in identifying any aspects
of the policy where the language or procedure is not clear. We also want to
know if there are any gaps in the policy: are there any conflict of
interest situations that cause you concern and that the policy does not
seem to cover?

The Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees has reviewed the draft
policy, and will review it again following the feedback period. It will
then go before the full Board to be approved and adopted.

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read the draft policy. Please
leave your feedback on the talk page[3] so that we can best review and
respond to it in an organized manner.

In solidarity and with gratitude,

Amanda

Amanda Keton

She/They

General Counsel and Transition Team Member

Wikimedia Foundation


[1] https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest_policy

[2]
https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/thread/PFOBFWCBFACRGY3OMXAQG54ALPXGT3K3/#4WUO2JZ2ZXOGQR2A6TRPW457NRCQNVZ5
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Conflict_of_interest_policy/2021_updates

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[Wikimedia-l] Welcome back, Turkey

2020-01-16 Thread Amanda Keton
Hi everyone,

My name is Amanda Keton, the new General Counsel at the Wikimedia
Foundation. While Katherine is inflight traveling back from a busy week of
community meetings in Chile, I wanted to share the exciting news that
today, we have started to receive reports that the block of Wikipedia in
Turkey is being lifted, data which is also indicated by our internal
traffic reports. After more than two and a half years, access to Wikipedia
has been restored in Turkey - and on a timely occasion, as we celebrate
Wikipedia’s 19th birthday today!

Please join me in welcoming back our friends and colleagues from Turkey.
While many have remained active during the block, restoring access to
Wikipedia will allow thousands more to return in the days and weeks ahead.
It is our shared responsibility and honor to help make them feel welcome
again and make sure they know how much we missed them. I am confident that
our community will successfully welcome them back with open arms. I know we
have community members around the world who have been eagerly looking
forward to the block being lifted and brainstorming activities to
celebrate, and I welcome them to share their ideas as we move forward.

Our case in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is also still
pending, and remains important even in light of the unblock as a way to
continue advocating for strong protections for free expression online. We
will continue to post updates about the next steps in our case before the
ECHR on the Wikimedia Foundation website. We have also published a
statement to reflect that access has now been restored in Turkey. [1]

Thank you all for your efforts, kind words, and encouraging thoughts as we
worked to restore access to Wikipedia in Turkey. I want to thank our
Turkish community, in particular, for their patience, resolution, and
continued participation in the movement during the more than two and a half
years Wikipedia was inaccessible. This was a prolonged global effort, on
behalf of free knowledge everywhere.

Of course, there are other blocks around the world still in place, and our
efforts in addressing this type of censorship of knowledge is far from
over. That said, I hope all of you will celebrate this momentous
accomplishment for free knowledge today and join me in welcoming back the
people of Turkey to our projects, movement, and community.

With gratitude,

Amanda

[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2020/01/16/access-to-wikipedia-restored-in-turkey-after-more-than-two-and-a-half-years/
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Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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