Re: [Wikimedia-l] online meetings

2020-11-17 Thread Katherine Maher
e small group focused community meetings will be necessary as
>>>> part of WP20 and other preparations so I'm not suggesting ruling out all
>>>> meetings just asking that we remember that there is life outside of the
>>>> movement we should be allowing people time to focus on as well.
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>> *Power of Diverse Collaboration*
>>>> *Sharing knowledge brings people together*
>>>> Wikimania Bangkok 2021
>>>> August
>>>> hosted by ESEAP
>>>>
>>>> Wikimania: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Gnangarra
>>>> Noongarpedia: https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/nys/Main_Page
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[Wikimedia-l] An update on the Wikimedia Foundation’s FY20-21 Annual Plan

2020-08-18 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I’m writing to share an update on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Annual Plan
for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Usually, by this point in the year we would
have already presented the plan to the Board for approval, and shared the
approved Annual Plan and strategic priorities for the coming year on Meta.
However, this year has been anything but normal. As Nataliia shared in the
Board minutes from April [1], the Board approved a revised timeline for
annual planning due to the pandemic.

Starting in March, our annual planning process shifted to include rigorous
scenario planning based on the potential social and financial impacts of
COVID-19. As the global economic outlook became more uncertain, we wanted
to ensure that we were in the best possible position to support our
communities and projects. While this does mean that our Annual Plan has
been delayed, the good news is that it allowed us time to collect more
information about how to secure the long term health and sustainability of
this movement even during crises.

This year’s Annual Plan continues to deliver on the Foundation’s
medium-term plan[2], our next milestone in achieving the Wikimedia 2030
Strategic Direction to become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem
of free knowledge[3]. I will be presenting our FY20-21 Annual Plan to the
Board of Trustees at their meeting in late September, and we will then post
the Board-approved Annual Plan on Meta in October to share with the
community and allow for clarifying questions.

Thank you for your patience. I look forward to sharing the final plan with
you in the coming months

Take care,
Katherine Maher

Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/Updates_from_April_28,_2020#Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan_timeline
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019
[3]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20

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[Wikimedia-l] [Covid-19] An update on in-person gatherings

2020-08-07 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

If this were a more predictable year, Wikimedians from around the world
would be together this weekend at Wikimania Bangkok 2020, in the warm
hospitality of our remarkable Wikimedia ESEAP hosts. We’d be preparing for
a weekend of inspiring presentations, serendipitous meetings, and
fascinating conversations with Wikimedians from dozens of projects,
languages, and communities.

I miss these moments of togetherness, and seeing people in person. Even
though we’re mostly known as an online community, in-person events have
always been part of the fabric of the Wikimedia movement. They are how we
have built working partnerships, friendships, and the skills that support
these remarkable projects over the years.

In March, I sent messages out to the movement, asking grantees to postpone
or cancel their in-person events until the World Health Organization
declares the COVID-19 pandemic over. Today, that seems wistfully optimistic
-- that we’d have this all wrapped up in six months! As we enter August the
COVID-19 pandemic is still with us and seems likely to be part of our lives
for some time to come.

*== Safer events guidance ==*
As we all learn to adapt and live with this new reality, we at the
Foundation want to offer more adaptable support for Wikimedia convenings.

We're already improving support for online events, but as different
countries and regions start to offer more flexible guidance for in-person
gatherings and travel, we expect to see more community interest for
resuming in-person meetings (with appropriate precautions). We want to
respond to this interest with tools and resources to help you assess your
options, including whether your community can more safely host an in-person
Wikimedia event.

We are developing some tools to support your decision-making process,
including a risk assessment calculator, to help you evaluate your own
situation. *Importantly, this will also include guidance on when not to
hold an event.* This tool is developed in a way that should be flexible to
use for all community members, regardless of your country and the size of
your event.

We’re also creating a checklist of precautions, including resources with
tips and suggestions for how to prepare, evaluate, and follow up on any
event. Finally, we’re working to create a list of suggested types of
events, such as walking tours, photo hunts, and community picnics, all of
which can help meet the demand for safer in-person gatherings.

*== Your feedback ==*
Living through a global pandemic of this scale is new for all of us -- and
the best way to navigate this change is with the support of your community.
In that spirit, the events team will start reaching out to affiliate
leaders and potential grantees next week for their feedback and advice on
these proposed resources. We’re asking for your help shaping these tools to
make them as useful as possible for our diverse global community, with all
the varied contexts our movement works in.

I look forward to sharing more about these tools, as well as additional
information about event support and grants toward the end of August.

Until then, please stay safe and take care -- I look forward to the next
time we see each other again.

Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia

2020-07-02 Thread Katherine Maher
(A translatable version of this announcement can be found on Meta [1])

Hi all,

It is my honor to introduce Abstract Wikipedia [1], a new project that has
been unanimously approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
Abstract Wikipedia proposes a new way to generate baseline encyclopedic
content in a multilingual fashion, allowing more contributors and more
readers to share more knowledge in more languages. It is an approach that
aims to make cross-lingual cooperation easier on our projects, increase the
sustainability of our movement through expanding access to participation,
improve the user experience for readers of all languages, and innovate in
free knowledge by connecting some of the strengths of our movement to
create something new.

This is our first new project in over seven years. Abstract Wikipedia was
submitted as a project proposal by Denny Vrandečić in May of 2020 [2] after
years of preparation and research, leading to a detailed plan and lively
discussions in the Wikimedia communities. We know that the energy and the
creativity of the community often runs up against language barriers, and
information that is available in one language may not make it to other
language Wikipedias. Abstract Wikipedia intends to look and feel like a
Wikipedia, but build on the powerful, language-independent conceptual
models of Wikidata, with the goal of letting volunteers create and maintain
Wikipedia articles across our polyglot Wikimedia world.

The project will allow volunteers to assemble the fundamentals of an
article using words and entities from Wikidata. Because Wikidata uses
conceptual models that are meant to be universal across languages, it
should be possible to use and extend these building blocks of knowledge to
create models for articles that also have universal value. Using code,
volunteers will be able to translate these abstract “articles” into their
own languages. If successful, this could eventually allow everyone to read
about any topic in Wikidata in their own language.

As you can imagine, this work will require a lot of software development,
and a lot of cooperation among Wikimedians. In order to make this effort
possible, Denny will join the Foundation as a staff member in July and lead
this initiative. You may know Denny as the creator of Wikidata, a long-time
community member, a former staff member at Wikimedia Deutschland, and a
former Trustee at the Wikimedia Foundation[3]. We are very excited that
Denny will bring his skills and expertise to work on this project alongside
the Foundation’s product, technology, and community liaison teams.

It is important to acknowledge that this is an experimental project and
that every Wikipedia community has different needs. This project may offer
some communities great advantages. Other communities may engage less. Every
language Wikipedia community will be free to choose and moderate whether or
how they would use content from this project.

We are excited that this new wiki-project has the possibility to advance
knowledge equity through increased access to knowledge. It also invites us
to consider and engage with critical questions about how and by whom
knowledge is constructed. We look forward to working in cooperation with
the communities to think through these important questions.

There is much to do as we begin designing a plan for Abstract Wikipedia in
close collaboration with our communities. I encourage you to get involved
by going to the project page and joining the new mailing list[4]. We
recognize that Abstract Wikipedia is ambitious, but we also recognize its
potential. We invite you all to join us on a new, unexplored path.

Yours,
Katherine Maher

Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract
Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Denny
[4] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/abstract-wikipedia
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[Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: The recommendations are now online

2020-05-12 Thread Katherine Maher
tated countless discussions. Thank
you all.

This work is remarkable, and I look forward to continuing on this journey
with all of you to create the future of our movement together.

Yours,
Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Writers
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Integrators
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People/Strategy_core_team
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
[7]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_2030_Movement_Strategy_Recommendations_in_English.pdf
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Reviewers#List_of_members

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[Wikimedia-l] [Covid-19] Update on Wikimedia conference grants

2020-03-24 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I wanted to share the following email. I send this to all current Wikimedia
conference grant recipients earlier today.

*Summary:*

   - All conferences funded by Wikimedia Foundation grants must be
   cancelled or postponed until further notice
   - Cancellation fees and other penalties can be covered through grant
   funds
   - Not complying with these instructions might affect future grant
   requests
   - Please contact your program officers for further guidance
   - We will not be approving grants for conferences until further notice

Thanks for your understanding, and stay safe!

Katherine

===

Hi all,

I’m writing to you as applicants and recipients of funding for Wikimedia
movement conferences scheduled or planned before December 2020. You will
not be surprised to learn that we are making some changes to our support
for movement conferences during the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

Two weeks ago, I sent all Project, Rapid, and Annual Plan grantees a
request to cancel or reschedule all public programs, and last week, we
canceled Wikimania[4]. Today, I want to provide clarity for recipients of
conference grants.

*== Cancelling or postponing events: next steps == *
We are asking all grantees with previously-approved and funded conferences
to postpone or cancel their conference until the World Health Organization
declares the COVID-19 pandemic over.

We recognize that you have already put a lot of effort into organizing and
planning your conference. However, our first priority is the health and
safety of you, your Wikimedia community, and the general public. We thank
you for modeling social responsibility and leadership by postponing your
event.

Global public health guidance indicates that the more quickly the world
responds to a pandemic, the better off the outcomes. In order to safeguard
free knowledge, we must also prioritize the well-being of the people who
make it possible.

*To facilitate postponing* the events and rescheduling them to a date *after
15 September 2020*, we ask the following:

   1. Gather the data regarding all prepaid expenses, and report on any
   unused funds. Any incurred costs due to cancellations will not be deducted
   from your total grant. In due time, we will review any increase requests on
   a case-by-case basis.
   2. Determining the new event date should be done in collaboration with
   your program officer (Chen Almog, cal...@wikimedia.org) to ensure your
   new event date does not overlap with other movement events or other
   potential constraints.
   3. Please hold the grant funds until they can be repurposed to cover the
   rescheduled event. Those funds should not be repurposed to accommodate any
   other activity without your program officer’s approval.
   4. If you have a proposal for repurposing the grant funds that is
   different than simply postponing your event, please discuss this with your
   program officer.
   5. Our hope is that we will have better insight into the future by June.
   We will reach out to you by June 30th to revisit the situation. Please feel
   free to reach out if you think you are ready to discuss this earlier.
   6. If you wish to* cancel* your proposed event, we ask you to
   communicate this to us soon so we can specifically work with you on
   returning the funds to the Wikimedia Foundation for other use.

*== Thank you == *
We know how important it is to support one another and keep our communities
connected right now. We also know how important it is that you are able to
take care of yourself, your family, and other aspects of your life. If you
want to continue planning Wikimedia activities appropriate for this moment
(such as online, distributed events), we support you. Hosting online events
will be new for many of us, but we have already seen Wikimedians around the
world working on new approaches. We encourage you to connect with them, and
review this growing collection of resources on Meta-Wiki.[5]

We also recognize some people may need to pause in their volunteer efforts
in order to take care of those around them. That’s also okay. You should
not feel pressure to redesign your activities in order to meet previous
goals. There is no penalty for canceling.

Your program officer can work with you to discuss any ideas or answer
questions, so please reach out to us if you would like to talk. We’ll also
keep sharing more information and resources in the coming weeks via usual
community channels and this Meta-Wiki page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19 [6]

We are all here to support you and your communities right now. If you have
any questions about this email or your grant, please contact your program
manager, or send an email to eventst...@wikimedia.org.

Stay safe and take care!

With thanks,

Katherine Maher - Chief Executive Officer,
Janeen Uzzell - Chief Operating Officer,
Joël Letang - Events Team Manager

[1] https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
[2] https

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Covid-19] Postponing Wikimania Bangkok until 2021

2020-03-18 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi Andy,

Yes, we anticipate that to be the case. As per my email, more information
about how we will handle scholarships for 2020 and 2021 will be available
in coming weeks.


On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 2:14 PM Andy Mabbett 
wrote:

> On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 20:57, Katherine Maher 
> wrote:
>
> > *== What does this mean for scholarship applications? ==*
> >
> > We are working on a plan for how to process Wikimania 2020 scholarship
> > applications. We will share more information in the coming weeks.
>
> The deadline for scholarship applications was 17 March (for clarity
> the day before this announcement to which I'm replying).
>
> It was clearly likely before then that this sensible decision would be
> taken.
>
> I trust that people who did not apply for that reason, or who knew
> they would be unavailable this year for other reasons, will be able to
> apply for scholarships for next year's event?
>
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[Wikimedia-l] [Covid-19] Postponing Wikimania Bangkok until 2021

2020-03-18 Thread Katherine Maher

*== Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and Wikimedia? ==*

We know the Wikimedia community as generous and altruistic. Unsurprisingly,
many volunteers have started applying their skills and attention to this
current global pandemic. The Foundation created a page on Meta-Wiki where
we can share and document the steps the Foundation and movement members are
taking and ways to participate. We invite you to join us in documenting
more about our collective response: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19


*== Thank you ==*Our world, and many of our lives, have changed rapidly
over these past few weeks. Yet we can look to history to take comfort that
crises are also often moments when people put aside differences, prioritize
community and care, and find ways to connect. The sense of community and
purpose within the Wikimedia movement is a powerful rejoinder to these
uncertain times.

This is a moment in which not only what we do, but how we do it, will make
a meaningful impact on the world. We are so grateful for all that you do as
a movement to continue to rise to the challenges of our moment.

Please, stay safe and take care.

Katherine, on behalf of the:

   - ESEAP Core Organizing Team
   - Wikimania Steering Committee
   - Wikimedia Foundation Events Team

P.S. You can help translate and share this message via Meta-Wiki: <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2020>
You can also find additional information about Wikimedia's other actions
regarding COVID-19 on Meta-Wiki: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2020
[2] https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2020:Organizers
[3] https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2020:Venue
[4] https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarship_Committee



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Coronavirus outbreak impacts Chinese Wikimedia communities

2020-03-05 Thread Katherine Maher
cided.
> > >
> > > The Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland canceled physical
> > > meetings of the Wikimedia Summit on Friday, which planned to take place
> > in
> > > Berlin from April 3rd to 5th. The scholarship application for Wikimania
> > > this August in Bangkok, Thailand, remains open, and there are no signs
> > > indicating the bigger Wikimedians' gathering will be canceled so far.
> > >
> > > 
> > > This piece of news was gathered by Qiuwen, a news service operated by
> the
> > > Wikimedians of Mainland China user group <
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Mainland_China>. We
> would
> > > like to help deliver news from communities among Greater China to the
> > wider
> > > world.
> > >
> > > See our on-wiki page here <https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:QW>, and
> > > Telegram channel here <https://t.me/Qiuwen>.
> > >
> > > CC-BY-SA 4.0
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> > Wikimedia Foundation
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> > Program Officer Annual Plan Grants
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[Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Recommendations released, join the conversation

2020-01-20 Thread Katherine Maher
Dear all,

I wanted to share some news with you: the first version of the movement
strategy recommendations document has been published on Meta [1]. On behalf
of the movement strategy working groups and recommendation writers, I am
honored to present them to you. We ask you to please take a moment to read
through, review, and comment.

In 2017, we set about building the future we want, together. In 2020, your
fellow Wikimedians have written and shared a framework for how we can bring
to life our vision of becoming the essential support system of the
ecosystem of free knowledge.

== Review the recommendations ==

These recommendations are the result of 18 months of in-depth discussions
and consultation among global Wikimedia community members and research
into opportunities for our future. The volunteer working groups [2],
writing teams [3] and strategy liaisons [4] have all invested a significant
amount of energy into this, and I want to wholeheartedly thank each and
every person who contributed to creating this work.

I would like to encourage everyone to read this work. There are 13
recommendations (condensed from 89), accompanied by an explanation of the
principles [5] that underlie the recommendations, an outline of how these
recommendations work together [6], as well as an overview of how the
recommendations were produced and next steps [7].

The core of this material is online in Arabic, English, French, German,
Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also have an overview available in
Catalan, Dutch, Farsi, Hebrew, Polish, and Russian that offers a condensed
introduction to the recommendations material.

== Share your feedback ==

In order to produce a final document that is representative of and relevant
to the diverse project communities as well as groups and organizations that
make up our movement, we are calling on everyone to review the
recommendations and share their thoughts.

Specifically, we ask you to look at what impact these recommendations might
have on you and your group or community’s context. Discussions are
happening on-wiki in many languages, as well as in discussion groups on
other, off0wiki platforms, and within movement groups and structures.

This round of community conversations will run until the first week of
March [8]. After this five-week period, the Core Team will publish a
summary report of input from across affiliates, online communities, and
other stakeholders for public review. [9] Your input will play a role as
the recommendation writers finalize the strategy document, and move us
towards discussions around implementation.

You will find more information about the process in the FAQs [10], and
please direct any additional questions or remarks to the respective meta
pages.

Our movement is the sum of its parts. Each member brings to it invaluable
skills, expertise, and ideas to capture, collect, and share free knowledge.
And every single contribution made by every community member from the
beginning has helped us grow into the global, diverse, and unique movement
we are today.

I am honored to share this on behalf of everyone involved, and am looking
forward to insights from across the movement over the next few weeks.

Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People#Second_phase
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People/Community_Strategy_Liaisons
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Principles
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Cover_note
[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Process
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Frequently_asked_questions#What_is_the_timeframe_for_all_of_this
?
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Overview/Timeline
[10]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Frequently_asked_questions

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] .org TLD for sale?

2020-01-08 Thread Katherine Maher
Hey folks,

Quick update here. You may have seen some press coverage already, but this
week, a group of technologists, non-profits, policymakers, and internet
governance folks filed in California to create a cooperative membership
corporation, whose purpose would be to administer the .ORG domain and its
revenues on behalf of global non-profits and in support of the open,
multistakeholder internet. The intention of the filing body is to
demonstrate to ICANN a viable, economically and technically sound
alternative to private commercial ownership. The name of the new
organization is the Cooperative Corporation of .ORG Registrants, or CCOR.

I've been asked to be one of the seven filing directors. The other filing
directors include the Executive Director of Packet Clearing House, a
non-profit internet research institute, the founding president of ICANN and
a former chair of ICANN, a former Member of the European Parliament and
digital rights advocate, among others.

We believe that this co-op structure is a good alternative to the intended
sale, which we believe has the potential to degrade the integrity and
stability of .ORG domains. It is an opportunity for the .ORG community to
create a representative governing entity, formalize stewardship of a key
piece of internet infrastructure, directly guide the allocation of .ORG
revenue, and improve the integrity and independence of the non-profit
internet. It aligns with the same values and governance that animate our
global Wikimedia communities, and our friends at organizations such as EFF,
the Internet Archive, and Mozilla have played key roles in its development.
The Foundation's Board of Trustees has also given their support as part of
our broader commitment to the non-commercial, open internet.

I also wanted to make sure to clarify the Foundation's commitment and my
own role in CCOR. The Wikimedia Foundation not funding this effort, and my
participation does not entail longer-term financial or other resource
support from the Foundation or movement. My own involvement would be a for
limited-term: if the effort is successful, my temporary directorship would
end after a period, I’ll rotate off and the co-op will elect someone new.
If the effort is not successful, the corresponding responsibilities are
null.

They're still working on getting the website up and will publish the
articles of incorporation once they do, in case folks want to take a look
for themselves.

Happy New Year!

Katherine

On Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 7:03 AM Florence Devouard 
wrote:

https://savedotorg.org



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Sujet : Re: .org TLD for sale?
Date : Sun, 24 Nov 2019 13:44:08 -0500
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I wrote up a short summary.  who other than ICANN has to approve this
sale?
http://blogs.harvard.edu/sj/2019/11/23/a-tale-of-icann-and-regulatory-capture/


On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 6:13 PM Erik Moeller  wrote:

> Thanks for sharing this, Andy. This appears to be a major governance
> failure on the part of ICANN (sadly, not for the first time). I'm glad
> Wikimedia is among the first orgs on this list.
>
> I don't think it's too late to stop this, especially as all evidence
> points to corrupt inside wheeling-and-dealing. I would normally not
> link to El Reg, but the connections Kieren has dug up deserve further
> investigation by more reputable outlets.
>
> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/20/org_registry_sale_shambles/
>
> Utterly unacceptable attempt to enclose the commons. Please do help
> continue direct attention to this.
>
> https://savedotorg.org/
>
> Warmly,
>
> Erik
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[Wikimedia-l] Block of Wikipedia in Turkey ruled as unconstitutional

2019-12-26 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I have some good news to share with you all -- after nearly three years of
Wikipedia being blocked in Turkey, the Turkish Constitutional Court has
ruled that this is unconstitutional. We hope that access will be restored
soon in light of this ruling, and will keep you updated as we hear further
developments.

Please join me in congratulating the Wikimedia community in Turkey, the
millions of Wikipedia readers in Turkey, and all of those struggling under
censorship around the world, on this critical affirmation of the
fundamental right to knowledge.

Imposed in April of 2017, the block has prevented the 80+ million people in
Turkey from accessing and participating in all language versions of
Wikipedia. It also prevented members of our community in Turkey from freely
engaging with the projects and impaired our movement’s global effort to
represent the sum of all knowledge.

As many of you might recall, we had filed an urgent application to the
European Court of Human Rights in April 2019. Our petition on the legality
of the access ban is currently before the ECHR and we are evaluating our
next steps based on this latest ruling.

A team from within and outside the Wikimedia Foundation has been working
diligently since the block was instituted to restore full access in Turkey.
Throughout this process, we have been guided by our Wikimedia values and a
belief that Wikipedia must be accessible in its entirety; with no
censorship of any kind to be tolerated. We worked closely with Wikimedia
community members in Turkey to understand and act in a way that reflected
their needs, wishes, and local context. We also benefited greatly from
conversations with experts around the world.

We will be posting more information on the Foundation website soon. In the
meantime, I wanted to offer my sincere appreciation and admiration to the
members of our community in Turkey -- you have shown great integrity,
courage, and dedication. Your unwavering commitment to the Wikimedia
projects, despite the obstacles placed in front of you, is an inspiration
to us all.

Thank you to every Wikimedia community member around the world who showed
support for the Turkish community. Your commitment to our sense of
community and the strength of our global movement is an inspiration.

Finally, I would also like to thank the many Foundation staff and others
involved over the past months for your exceptional diligence,
professionalism, and tact in handling a delicate situation.

While this is a favorable ruling for our case in Turkey, it remains to be
seen whether the Turkish government will indeed restore access in Turkey.
And serious threats to free knowledge remain around the world. Today's
ruling is a reminder of the work we still left to do.

But at this moment, let us celebrate this important recognition that the
right to information is fundamental to every human, with happy anticipation
of the return of Turkey to our global community of editors, readers, and
knowledge seekers.

Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Chief of Community Engagement to leave the Foundation

2019-11-15 Thread Katherine Maher
m design and support, and open up space
for bold and fresh thinking about how to move our movement forward.

*== What about the future? ==*

Some people may be wondering, what does this mean for the proposed work in
the Annual or Medium Term plans, or the planned restructure of the
Community Engagement department to a new regional approach?

We remain fully committed to the work and goals of the Medium Term Plan.
For example, although Val was not able to attend Indaba to celebrate with
the African community, our COO and Deputy General Counsel, Janeen Uzzell
and Tony Sebro, both attended.

The planned restructure and expansion of CE was intended to help us support
the community in achieving these goals. This includes the MTP’s focus on
building a thriving movement, increasing community health and diversity,
and growing among new languages, regions, and audiences. We set these goals
as part of our interpretation of the Movement Strategy, and they will
remain our focus for the medium term.

I still believe we need to make many of these changes, as well as be
prepared for further changes that may arise from the recommendations of the
Movement Strategy Working Groups. We see a future that could include
improved regional support, and expanded programmatic support for emerging
communities, whether those are new languages, geographies, or areas of
practice.

However, we are putting those plans on hold for the next few weeks, while
we focus is on supporting the existing teams through this transition. I
want us to make sure that goes well, before turning our attention to the
future. That said, I fully expect to resume work on how we expand our
support for these critical new areas in the first quarter of the new
calendar year.

== Final thoughts ==

I want to be absolutely clear that these changes are in no way an
indication that the Foundation is decreasing our commitment to support for
the movement. I hope you see how this offers an opportunity to do the exact
opposite—to set us up to support the movement in the best way we can.

For those with an interest in Wikimedia history, it’s worth noting that the
Foundation has taken many different shapes over the years. In 2014, teams
focused on community support were embedded in other departments. At the
time, we were much smaller, and our ability to truly engage with the full
breadth of the movement was more limited. In 2019, the community engagement
teams are better resourced, more global, and more representative of the
movement (although there’s always space for continued improvement).

We see this as the right moment to integrate the perspectives, experiences,
and skills of these teams across the Foundation, ensuring that support for
the movement is woven into all the Foundation’s work. As Wikimedians, we
know change is a constant—and it is through change that we often do our
best work, solve our hardest problems, and find our new path forward. Thank
you in advance as we take this next step to support the future of our
movement.

Sincerely,
Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming Amanda Keton to the Wikimedia Foundation

2019-10-03 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I know I’ve sent several announcements to this list in recent months
regarding new members of the Wikimedia Foundation’s executive team. Today,
I’m excited to send the last in this series, and officially welcome Amanda
Keton as General Counsel to the Wikimedia Foundation. Amanda will be
starting on October 7, based in San Diego.

Amanda has dedicated her career to many of the same values we share as a
movement. She joins us from the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, where
she served as General Counsel. Tides is a U.S.-based public foundation that
distributes donor-advised grants and investments with the mission of
building a world of shared prosperity and social justice. Tides was a
partner for us in 2016 as we established our endowment, which remains
hosted at Tides. Amanda also served as Head of Tides Foundation and People
Operations and the CEO of Tides Advocacy,  the policy affiliate in the
Tides family of organizations.

Before her work at Tides, Amanda worked for Ernst & Young providing
nonprofit organizations with consulting, advisory, and compliance
services.  She currently serves on the Network for Good board and has
previously served on a number of other boards dedicated to equity and
justice.

In Amanda's words, "My work in nonprofits and the values I developed as a
social justice advocate make me especially excited to contribute to
Wikimedia in its next phase of growth. I want to be part of ensuring that
everyone finds a sense of belonging in the free knowledge movement, and
together we serve and defend it exceptionally well. After living in the Bay
Area for 11 years, my family and I recently moved to San Diego to be closer
to family, as we welcomed our son in August. I am always on a quest to find
the perfect playground, a new author to binge read, or a fresh recipe to
try."

Wikimedia always has been unique in the centrality of legal work as a
strategic aspect of our movement. From the first days of the Foundation,
our legal team has helped defend the Wikimedia communities and the
integrity of free knowledge. They work closely with the community to
advocate on behalf of open licensing, freedom of expression, net
neutrality, privacy, and other critical enabling elements of our mission.

I expect the importance of our legal and policy work to continue as we work
toward 2030. Today we see expanding government censorship and increased
infringements on access to knowledge around the globe. We see threats to
community members on the ground, and threats to the integrity of
information online. Our ability to engage proactively on these issues,
through strategic counsel, policy and advocacy, and impactful litigation
will continue to grow in importance to the Wikimedia mission. I’m excited
for Amanda to lead the Foundation’s accomplished Legal department as we go
forward.

I also want to take a moment to personally thank and acknowledge Tony Sebro
for his excellent work serving as interim General Counsel and Secretary to
the Board of Trustees while we searched to fill the position permanently.
Tony was a deft and thoughtful partner in addressing issues ranging from
copyright policy to malicious DDOS attacks to board governance, and a
valued voice on the Foundation’s leadership team. Amanda will continue to
work closely with Tony as he resumes the position of Deputy General
Counsel.

Please join me in welcoming Amanda to the Foundation!

Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming Wikimedia Foundation’s new CTO, Grant Ingersoll

2019-09-18 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I’m excited to officially welcome Grant Ingersoll as our Chief Technology
Officer! Grant will be starting September 23. He’ll be based in Charlotte,
North Carolina.

Grant comes from a long history of working on open source projects. Most
recently, he served as the Chief Technical Officer of Lucidworks, an
AI-powered open-source search services company which he co-founded. He is a
Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning
project, and a long-standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. He’s
an author, having written a book for Java developers on how to wrangle
unstructured text for search, text-mining, and the like. He’s also a
long-time, committed remotee, having worked with the distributed Lucidworks
team from his home in North Carolina for nearly a decade.

In Grant’s own words, “The power of learning and knowledge have always
stood as key pillars in my career. I'm a big believer that access to free,
trusted knowledge is of vital importance as society looks to tackle large
scale challenges. My wife, Robin, and I recently moved from Chapel Hill,
North Carolina, our home for 10 years, to Charlotte, North Carolina, where
our daughter lives. We also just dropped our son off at college for his
freshman year. We're adjusting to the empty nest life with our dog Allie (a
black lab mix). When not traveling or exploring Charlotte, I can usually be
found on a bike, out kayaking, or writing code.”

Grant will be working with myself, Erika Bjune (who is transitioning to VP,
Technology), and others in the leadership of the technology department to
determine a set of priorities for his first year. I expect these will
likely focus around evaluating our current capacities and co-creating a
vision for the continued evolution of our technical platforms, supporting
the staff of the department, working with the finance and operations folks
on planning and budgeting for the future, and of course, getting to know
our technical community and the broader movement. Under Grant’s leadership,
we will continue the work of improving and modernizing our technical
ecosystem to respond to our future needs, as laid out in the movement
strategy.

I’m thrilled to have the CTO role filled, and to bring Grant in at a time
when the movement is digging into the question of what it means to “become
the essential infrastructure of free knowledge.” From our first meeting, I
was struck by his curiosity. He was genuinely interested in how Wikimedia
works, and was willing to get into what I often think of “Wiki PhD” level
conversations about the nuances of our community and values. I have
generally found that the folks who bring that sort of openness and humility
to their work are the folks who thrive in the challenges of our mission and
movement.  As our movement expands, I’m glad to have Grant’s experience,
curiosity, and passion for building things on board here at the Foundation.

I want to also thank Erika Bjune for her work as interim CTO. She
passionately advocated for the importance of our platforms, embodied
partnership and cooperation, and her expertise on the interview panel was
invaluable. I’m thrilled she’ll be working so closely with Grant as we move
forward.

Please join me in welcoming Grant to the Wikimedia Foundation!

Katherine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] "The Foundation does not care so much of the French-speaking contributors"

2019-09-16 Thread Katherine Maher
;> what benefits the conferences have from their attendance and what
> >>> benefits their attendance bring to the particpants of the conference.
> >>> Cheers, Gereon
> >>>
> >>>> Am 15.09.2019 um 20:02 schrieb Thierry Coudray:
> >>>> "*The Foundation does not care so much of the French-speaking
> >>> contributors*".
> >>>> This harsh sentence is the translation of a statement in French, I've
> >>> just
> >>>> said in a conversation a week ago at the Francophone Wikiconvention
> held
> >>>> last weekend in Brussels. The statement may seem excessive, because
> the
> >>>> Foundation does things for the Francophone community as well as for
> other
> >>>> communities (and its website is fairly well translated into French).
> But
> >>> it
> >>>> reflected my feeling, shared by my three interlocutors, all
> non-French,
> >>>> facing that no Foundation high-level members were present to this
> >>>> Wikiconvention: no executive director, nor members of the Board, nor
> any
> >>>> level-C staff. In an another conversation, where the subject came up
> over
> >>>> again, someone said this absence was offensive. I do not know if it
> >>>> reflects the majority of attendees feelings but with varying degrees,
> I
> >>>> would said it was widely shared.
> >>>>
> >>>> In 2017, for the Francophone Wikiconvention in Strasbourg we had a
> very
> >>>> quick visit of Katherine Maher, in 2018, a simple video message and in
> >>> 2019
> >>>> ... nothing. At the same time, the Francophone Wikiconvention has
> stepped
> >>>> up with ever more participants, always more countries represented.
> This
> >>>> year, it brought together more than 220 Francophones, Algerian,
> Belgian,
> >>>> Beninese, Cameroonian, Canadian, French, Guinean, Ivorian, Swiss and
> >>>> Tunisian contributors, and I may forget some, with varied and
> enriching
> >>>> conferences and meetings. A huge success, very well organized by
> >>> employees
> >>>> but also by several volunteers, who dedicated time and energy. This
> >>>> Wikiconvention and the projects and achievements submitted have shown
> the
> >>>> French-speaking Wikimedia community vitality, which will continue to
> >>> grow.
> >>>> FYI, French is foreseen, thanks to Africa, to be the most rapidly
> growing
> >>>> languages in the next twenty years and will be the mother tongue or
> the
> >>>> language used for communication for more than 8% of the world's
> >>> population
> >>>> in thirty years' time. But my reaction would have been the same if I
> had
> >>>> attended an Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Swahili-speaking or any other
> >>>> important languages Wikiconvention.
> >>>>
> >>>> So yes, this Wikiconvention is not in English. Fortunately, not all
> >>>> Wikimedia meetings are in English. In a previous discussion on this
> >>> mailing
> >>>> list about the question of whether or not it is appropriate to
> continue
> >>>> Wimania, one of the participants argued that unlike other Wikimedia
> >>>> meetings, anyone could attend Wikmania. It may be obvious for those
> who
> >>>> have English as a mother tongue or for Northern Europeans for whom
> >>> English
> >>>> is almost a second mother tongue but this is false: English is spoken
> >>> only
> >>>> by a small minority in the world, less than one human in six. So only
> one
> >>>> human in six or seven could attend Wikimania or any other
> >>> english-speaking
> >>>> conferences or meetings (the case of the vast majority of global
> >>> Wikimedia
> >>>> conferences). I do not deny a common working language usefulness but a
> >>>> Wikiconvention in French, as I hope other languages ones will be more
> to
> >>>> come soon, allows all non-English speaking Francophones to
> participate in
> >>>> the Wikimedia movement and above all, help them to meet our common
> goal
> >>> of
> >>>> spread freeknowledge.The movement talks a lot about its efforts to
> >>> overcome
> >>>> differents gaps (gender, LGBT,...) and it's rightly pointed, these
> topics
> >>

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming Ryan Merkley to the Wikimedia Foundation

2019-08-13 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I’m excited to let you all know that Ryan Merkley, formerly CEO of Creative
Commons, is joining the Wikimedia Foundation as my new chief of staff.

Many of you have met Ryan before -- at CC Summit, Wikimania, Wikimedia
Summit, or MozFest. He’s a leader in open source, open knowledge, and
free-culture communities, and for the past five years, he’s been the CEO of
Creative Commons, initiating programs like CC search to index all 1.6
billion licensed works online. He’s passionate about the power of the
commons, and the role that everyone can play in making it sustainable and
open to all. I couldn’t be happier he’s now bringing this passion and
experience to our movement.

In Ryan’s own words, “My heart has always been in open communities, and
 the power of collective acts --  that is, the things that people can only
do when they work together, like building a commons of free knowledge for
every person.”

For now, Ryan’s two top priorities will be bolstering the work of the
movement strategy team and supporting the Board. He’ll support the strategy
core team to move the Working Group recommendations into implementation
within the community and Foundation over the course of the coming year.
He’ll also serve as Board liaison to the Board of Trustees, strengthening
the connections, communications, and coordination between Trustees and the
Foundation. Internally, he’ll support the office of the Executive Director,
acting in my stead on various projects.

I’m excited by this new role for an old friend of the open community. Ryan
knows our movement well. He has spent many hours with many Wikimedians, and
understands the centrality of the community to the Wikimedia mission and
identity. His background as a partner to Wikimedia, and a leader in the
broader open movement will be invaluable to our work, and confirmation of
the importance of community experience in Foundation leadership.

Ryan doesn’t start in his new role until Monday, September 16th. However,
he will be at Wikimania, so for those of you attending, please say hi, and
join me in welcoming him to Wikimedia!

Katherine

P.S. This announcement can also be found on our news page:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/08/13/wikimedia-foundation-welcomes-ryan-merkley-as-chief-of-staff-to-the-office-of-the-executive-director

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[Wikimedia-l] New action to lift Wikipedia block in Turkey

2019-05-23 Thread Katherine Maher
Hello everyone,

For the past two years, Turkish authorities have blocked access to
Wikipedia across all languages -- the most expansive form of blocking of
Wikipedia ever imposed.

During that time, the Wikimedia Foundation has been working to lift the
block through many different efforts, including legal action in Turkish
courts, good faith conversations with Turkish authorities, and speaking
directly to the public to raise awareness of the block and its impact on
both Turkey and the rest of the world. Recently, we have also seen China
censor Wikipedia across all languages to the same extent.

Therefore, we are announcing today that we have filed a petition in the
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the international court hearing
cases of human rights violations within the Council of Europe, in order to
lift the more than two-year block of Wikipedia in Turkey.

In our filing, we argue that denying access to Wikipedia violates
fundamental freedoms of expression—freedoms that have been denied to the
more than 80 million people in Turkey who have been impacted by the block —
but also to the rest of the world, which has lost the perspectives of
residents of the country in contributing, debating, and adding to
Wikipedia. Turkey is a long-standing party of the Convention, which
protects the right to freedom of expression including the right to receive
and share information.

We are making this petition to stand for these fundamental human rights and
freedoms, and to ask the court to order that the Turkish government lift
the block of Wikipedia. You can learn more about our and the ECHR in our
announcement on the Wikimedia Foundation blog:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/05/23/wikimedia-foundation-petitions-the-european-court-of-human-rights-to-lift-the-block-of-wikipedia-in-turkey

As part of this filing, we're also inviting Wikimedia affiliates,
communities, and the rest of the world to join us in amplifying the about
this action through a social media campaign. The campaign will focus on
raising awareness of Wikipedia being blocked in Turkey, and educating
people on why we took the step of filing with the ECHR. We will also tie
into the broader narrative around “knowledge is a human right” to make
clear the ECHR filing is one of many steps we need to take to ensure
Wikipedia is accessible to everyone.

We invite you to join us in amplifying the messages of the campaign on
social media and sharing our statement with your networks. More information
on how to participate and translate into your language:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Unblock_campaigns

This next action in the ECHR is part of an ongoing, resolute commitment and
strategy to protect everyone’s right to freely access knowledge. While the
focus of our action today is on the block in Turkey, we are also continuing
to explore our options and ways to support our readers and contributors in
China. We have more work to do, but I’m grateful for the steps we can take
today to realize that commitment.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly -- I want to thank the Turkish
community for their continued efforts to stay involved, active, and present
in the Wikimedia projects and global community, despite these adverse
circumstances. We stand with you today in support of your continued efforts
on our projects.

With gratitude,
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[Wikimedia-l] WMF Medium Term Plan: We welcome your comments! 5-20 April

2019-04-05 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce the first draft of the Wikimedia Foundation’s
Medium-Term
Plan
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/Medium-term_plan_2019>!
[1] We intentionally designed a process that will enable the Foundation’s
medium-term plan and Movement Strategy to work together. You can find more
information about the Foundation’s planning process
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019/Process>
and how it connects to the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. [2]

*Your feedback*
Between now and 20 April, we are requesting comments and questions from all
parts of the community. We are looking for feedback on whether the outcomes
we hope to achieve are appropriate given the strategic direction of
Wikimedia 2030. We want to know: are these the right “big things” to
accomplish in the next 3-5 years? We would also like feedback on whether
our overall metrics are appropriate and aspirational enough given our
ambitious vision. Are we setting the right targets for how we will measure
our progress?

Please leave all comments and questions on the talk page of the Medium-Term
Plan’s Meta page[3]:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/Medium-term_plan_2019

*Next steps*
After we receive comments and feedback on the draft plan, we will make a
final round of updates before publishing it again on Meta-Wiki at the end
of May. In subsequent years, we intend to update the plan on an annual
basis to adapt to new information, changes in our environment, and the
things we learn along the way.

The Wikimedia Foundation has spent the last several months creating a
medium-term plan that will support the Wikimedia 2030 strategic
direction.[4] This plan represents the work the Foundation will do within
the global movement so Wikimedia becomes the essential infrastructure of
the ecosystem of free knowledge. Through this process, we are integrating
the strategic direction pillars of Knowledge Equity[5] and Knowledge as a
Service[6] into our programmatic goals to better align our work to the
larger movement. The Foundation is also working on identifying some of the
structural changes that might be necessary to support our programmatic
work, and will do so in dialogue with the movement strategy process.

*Foundation medium-term goals*
The Wikimedia Foundation will focus on two medium-term goals to support the
strategic direction:


*Grow participation globally, focusing on emerging markets. *We will expand
the use of Wikimedia sites, projects, and products, across the globe, with
a focus on increasing engagements in low-awareness or low-use geographies
and languages, in order to bring the number and diversity of our users in
line with rates of overall internet usage.


*Modernize our product experience. *We will make contributor and reader
experiences useful and joyful; moving from viewing Wikipedia as solely a
website, to viewing the Wikimedia ecosystem as a collection of knowledge,
information, and insights with infinite possible product experiences and
applications.

*Thank you!*

We hope that you all will provide your insight and thoughts to help the
Foundation build this plan and continue to make progress toward our
strategic direction!

Cheers,
Katherine

1.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019
2.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019/Process
3.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/Medium-term_plan_2019
4. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20
5.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction#Knowledge_equity:_Knowledge_and_communities_that_have_been_left_out_by_structures_of_power_and_privilege
6.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction#Knowledge_as_a_service:_A_platform_that_serves_open_knowledge_to_the_world_across_interfaces_and_communities
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[Wikimedia-l] Please welcome the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief Operating Officer, Janeen Uzzell

2019-02-13 Thread Katherine Maher
Hello all!

I am delighted to share with you that we have added a Chief Operating
Officer to the Wikimedia Foundation leadership (c-level) team. Today, I'm
excited to introduce you to Janeen Uzzell. Janeen started on January 23rd,
in time for the  Foundation's All Hands retreat late last month, and has
since been working out of our office in San Francisco.

Janeen was most recently the head of Women in Technology for GE, where she
worked with GE’s global CEOs to revise practices across their workforce of
300,000 employees, increasing the number of women in technology roles.
Previously, she was GE’s Global Director of External Affairs and Technology
Programs, and before that, she spent 5 years as Director of Healthcare
Programs for GE Africa, based in Accra, Ghana. She also served as the
Director of Global Healthcare Programs, Director of Healthcare Disparity
Programs, and Director of Service Operations for GE.

Janeen has nearly two decades of experience implementing the design and use
of technology to drive impact on global outcomes. She is a people
developer, transformational leader, storyteller, engineer and
self-proclaimed “global citizen” — with a passion for incubation and
impact. She says she is on a mission to use her influence and voice to lead
casual work that changes lives, communities and the world. She has a MBA
from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The Chief Operating Officer is not a new role for the Foundation, although
we haven't had one recently. As the Foundation has grown in recent years,
I've been talking to both the Board and the c-team about the value of
reinstating the COO role. We all agreed this was an important addition to
the Foundation to help us become more effective.

At the end of 2018, we met Janeen while recruiting for a different
position. After completing the interview process, many people felt as
though she had the skills for the Chief Operating Officer role. While we
generally do not hire before a job is posted, we also do not like to miss
out on opportunities. So, in consultation with and support from the Board
and c-team team, we agreed to create this new role and ask Janeen to join
the Foundation.

As the Foundation continues to grow and work to meet the needs of the
Wikimedia communities, Janeen's expertise will be instrumental in helping
the organization continue to meet the needs of our growing and evolving
movement. Please join me in welcoming Janeen to the Foundation and to the
incredible Wikimedia community!

Katherine

PS. A public announcement has also been posted on our blog:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/02/12/wikimedia-foundation-appoints-janeen-uzzell-as-chief-operating-officer/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [foundation-optional] A difficult goodbye

2019-01-10 Thread Katherine Maher
tters and for the mid term planning work we have ahead of
> us in the remainder of the fiscal year.  I know that I am leaving the
> Tech team in good hands until a permanent CTO is hired.
>
> I want to close this difficult message with my heartfelt thanks to all of
> you for letting me be part of this incredible movement. Being a Wikimedian
> is a great privilege. I wanted you to know that I’m not walking away from
> something; I am walking towards  something that is very important to me and
> the world. I will miss you all. Deeply. Truly. And a lot!
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcement: Wikimedia's new Chief of Community Engagement

2018-12-11 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

Just over a month ago, we let you know that we had the reached the final
stages of our search for a new Chief of Community Engagement.[1] Today, I
am thrilled to let you know that we have appointed Valerie D’Costa to the
role. Born and raised a citizen of Singapore, Valerie speaks fluent Malay
and Indonesian, in addition to English. She will join the Foundation
starting January 22, 2019, working remotely from Washington, DC.

Valerie joins us after a decade at the World Bank Group, where she was
charged with leading international initiatives to support communities of
entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world. Most recently, she led
the Bank’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program, where she helped female
entrepreneurs and women-led businesses in developing countries grow and
gain access to new market opportunities. Previously, she was the program
director of infoDev, a Bank program that supported innovation hubs and
technology incubators for entrepreneurs in developing countries. Prior to
the World Bank, Valerie spent 15 years working with the government of
Singapore on issues of international information and communications
technology (ICT) policy and trade.

Valerie has worked her whole career in the intersection between technology
and improving people's lives around the world. She brings a deep
understanding of the importance of local ownership, collaboration and
communication, and program sustainability. She emphasizes the importance of
collaboration with local communities in designing programs and approaches,
believing that local voices represent the best understanding of their own
needs.

We were looking for someone with a global perspective, international
experience, fluency in technology, and a deep empathy for community. We
wanted a diplomat: Valerie has struck the fine balance between being an
advocate for the people and communicating their needs to governments and
partners. We hoped for an ambassador: Valerie brings with her years of
experience in creating meaningful conversations with communities around the
world on behalf of those who have been traditionally excluded from
development planning. We found a dedicated leader who is keen to work in
service to our community and who understands the uniquely global,
multicultural nature of collaboration in our movement. Valerie knows that
we can not attempt achieve our 2030 strategic direction unless we bring
everyone along, and so she will be charged with building on our approach to
community engagement, and ensuring that we meet our aspirations for our
community growth, health, diversity, values, and program outcomes.

This means that Maggie Dennis, our current Chief of Community Engagement,
will now transition to her role as Vice President of Support & Services,
having set a (reluctant) personal best and Foundation record as the
longest-serving CCE! I truly love working with Maggie and am so glad she is
staying close by in such a critical position. After nearly three years (!)
of collaboration and cooperation, I’d like to once again express my deep
appreciation for Maggie’s understanding, friendship, support and dedication
as she patiently curated this essential role in our movement.

I am truly excited as we embark on this new journey. We are deeply
fortunate to now have two community leaders who are purpose-driven and
inspirational on a number of levels. Please join me in congratulating both
of these phenomenal women!

Katherine

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations to all. Thank you for the important work that you do on
behalf of free knowledge, in Venezuela and abroad.

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 11:44 AM Jorge Vargas  wrote:

> ¡Muchas felicitaciones, Oscar y equipo! Me alegra mucho leer cómo están
> buscando empoderar a los venezolanos y venezolanas en el exterior con estas
> reformas a los bylaws.
>
> Un abrazo y a tus órdenes en lo que sea útil. :)
>
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:35 PM attolippip  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations! And warm welcome to Marianny and Lourdes!
> >
> > Best regards,
> > antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> >
> >
> > пн, 10 груд. 2018 о 10:40 Oscar Costero  пише:
> >
> > > Dear Wikimedians,
> > >
> > > At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of
> Wikimedia
> > > Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:
> > >
> > > * Oscar Costero (re-elected)
> > > * Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
> > > * Marianny Contreras
> > > * Lourdes Herrera
> > > * Samuel Cirilo
> > >
> > > Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and
> Lourdes
> > > are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would
> like
> > > to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
> > > former board members.
> > >
> > > During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
> > > outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past
> > years.
> > > We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
> > > that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
> > > expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and
> > Santiago
> > > de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.
> > >
> > > I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the
> > mission
> > > and vision of our movement.
> > >
> > > Kind regards,
> > >
> > > Oscar Costero
> > > Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
> > > J-40129321-2
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[Wikimedia-l] Update on recruiting for the Chief of Community

2018-10-24 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I sent out a Wikimedia-l email, but I wanted to
share an update on the Chief of Community role, which has been open for
some time. I also wanted to share some good news about Maggie Dennis, our
interim chief.

***Chief of Community Engagement (CCE) search update** *

There is a lot of movement afoot in the recruitment process for our new
CCE. We have finished interviewing the first round of candidates presented
to us by Perrett Laver. Of the six candidates we interviewed, four are
under consideration. Maggie and I have already spoken with all the
candidates, as have Katy Love and Ben Vershbow, representing the Community
Engagement department; Eileen Hershenov and Toby Negrin, representing the
Foundation leadership team and key department stakeholders, and María
Sefidari, representing a Board and community perspective. I’m thrilled to
report that we’ve got a great, highly diverse pool of candidates from
around the world.

Here is an update on our expectations for the remaining steps:

   - November/Decmeber: Final candidates will participate in team
   interviews on-site and remotely.
   - Timeline: We hope to have our new CCE in the role at the beginning of
   the 2019 calendar year.

***Interim CCE, Maggie Dennis, retroactively promoted to CCE***

As most folks know, Maggie Dennis has served as interim CCE for the last
two and a half years. As Maggie likes to point out, she's actually been the
longest-serving CCE we've ever had, interim or not! She took a
rollercoaster ride to get there, going from senior manager to a director to
a c-level in one short year.

Maggie assumed leadership of the CE department as a trusted, long-time
Wikimedia Foundation colleague and even longer-time Wikipedian. She’s
provided deeply appreciated leadership for her department, mentorship for
her direct reports, and a cool head for all things community. She’s been a
fantastic friend and partner on the Foundation leadership team, and a total
joy to work with as we’ve worked on movement strategy and started the
search for a new chief.

But two and a half years is a long time to serve as interim!  Fun fact, you
can gestate an entire baby elephant in that period. True fact.[1] It’s on
(En but probably others) Wikipedia. Elephants are amazing[2], and so is
Maggie, and her efforts and leadership deserve that recognition. As such,
we are retroactively changing her title from Interim Chief of Community
Engagement to Chief of Community Engagement. I hope you’ll agree with me
that this change in title more accurately reflects her contribution to the
Foundation and to the movement.

Maggie will continue to serve as CCE until the recruitment process has
concluded. At that point, she’ll transition into her role as Vice President
of Support & Services–-with much relief, I suspect.

Please join me in congratulating Maggie!
Katherine

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_bush_elephant#Reproduction
[2]
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[Wikimedia-l] Response to recent developments of United States travel ban

2018-07-02 Thread Katherine Maher
*This letter is also available on Meta-Wiki here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10631068
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10631068>*
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Dear friends,

On Tuesday, the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court,
ruled in favor of the current U.S. administration’s restrictions[1] on
travel and immigration from seven countries.[2] In a 5-4 ruling, the Court
found that the restrictions were lawfully created, despite their breach of
the longstanding ideals of the U.S. immigration system and disturbing
comments [3] made by the current administration about the religious basis
for some of these restrictions.

Of the seven countries named, at least three have active Wikimedia
communities. The Wikimedia chapter in Venezuela, Iranian Wikimedians user
group, and proposed Libyan user group represent the reality that our
movement has no borders. Our mission does not discriminate, it unites: in
these and other countries, we have friends, allies, and fellow Wikimedians.

To our fellow Wikimedians, particularly those from or with family in
affected countries: we stand with you and reject the premise of this
outcome. Our movement is possible because of the belief that everyone,
everywhere, should be able to contribute to shared human understanding. We
believe in a world where every country, language, and culture can freely
collaborate without restriction in our shared effort of making free
knowledge accessible to every person. Wikipedia is proof of what can happen
when these freedoms are unrestricted. When our ability to come together is
limited, the world is a poorer place.

The Wikimedia Foundation has opposed the restrictions since earlier
versions were first introduced. We responded to an executive order in early
2017[4] by joining many other organizations and companies in signing a
series of amicus briefs before the courts hearing these cases.[5] We have
posted an update on the Wikimedia blog detailing our position on the most
recent outcome of this case. [6]

We are mindful that these restrictions may have real impacts on individual
staff and community members, as well as our families and communities. The
Wikimedia Foundation rejects the spirit of this ban and similar
restrictions in place around the world that treat some more equally than
others. Our commitment to our global ethos and shared vision will continue
to guide our policy efforts into the future, as we strive to uphold the
values that make our movement possible.

Katherine

[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13780
[2]
https://www.apnews.com/3a20abe305bd4c989116f82bf535393b/High-court-OKs-Trump's-travel-ban,-rejects-Muslim-bias-claim
[3]
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/donald-trump-calls-halt-muslims-entering-151207220200817.html
[4] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/01/30/knowledge-knows-no-boundaries/
[5] See
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/02/06/amicus-brief-immigration-travel-restrictions/,
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/03/15/amicus-brief-us-travel-restrictions/,
and
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/09/18/amicus-brief-us-travel-immigration/
[6]
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/07/02/supreme-court-immigration-wikimedia-values/


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is on Meta-wiki

2018-06-29 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce that our final FY18-19
Annual Plan[1] is now available on Meta. The Annual Plan was approved by
the Board of Trustees on June 12th.

This Annual Plan remains organized around three goals that focus on making
critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that we’re
better positioned for our ongoing work against the strategic direction[2].
The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us closer to
knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute against the 3
to 5 year strategic plan which we intend to develop this year in order to
guide the Foundation’s work into the future.

From all of us here at the Foundation, we thank everyone who engaged with
the process by asking questions and providing feedback on the Annual Plan
throughout its development. This insight continues to push us to improve
our planning, our programs, and the way that we share our work.  Based on
this feedback and our continued refinement of our plans, we have updated
the budget and several of the specific program plans that are linked in the
Appendix.

We look forward to the year ahead!
Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Final
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017


On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:42 PM, Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
> FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].
>
> This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
> making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
> we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
> direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
> closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
> against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
> year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.
>
> As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
> annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
> Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
> have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
> of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
> seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
> of teams and departments with disparate goals.
>
> We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
> wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
> the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
> the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
> departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
> MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
> departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
> goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
> rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
> Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
> the details.
>
> Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
> cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
> This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
> measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
> investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
> organizational structure.
>
> Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
> forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
> comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.
>
> Thanks!
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_
> Plan/2018-2019/Draft
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
>
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>
> Executive Director
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Jenga Wikipedia ya Kiswahili User Group

2018-06-11 Thread Katherine Maher
Wonderful news, congratulations!

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM, Samuel Klein  wrote:

> Yea!  Kudos to Baba Tabita, Kipala, Mohammed and all.
>
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 3:08 PM KuboF Hromoslav  >
> wrote:
>
> > Big congratulations colleagues! You can make a HUGE change in Africa!
> > Regards
> >
> > KuboF Hromoslav (Michal Matúšov)
> >
> > 2018-06-10 15:49 GMT+02:00 Kirill Lokshin :
> >
> > > Hi everyone!
> > >
> > > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> recognized
> > > [1] Jenga Wikipedia ya Kiswahili User Group [2] as a Wikimedia User
> > Group.
> > > The group aims to create and improve content for the Swahili Wikipedia,
> > and
> > > to support the recruitment and development of Wikimedia contributors
> from
> > > East Africa.
> > >
> > > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> > >
> > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
> > > Resolutions/Recognition_Jenga_Wikipedia_ya_Kiswahili
> > > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Jenga_Wikipedia_ya_Kiswahili
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[Wikimedia-l] Update #4: Upcoming call for participation in Working Groups

2018-06-06 Thread Katherine Maher
Dear all,

It’s been a while since I sent out the last movement strategy update. A lot
has happened in the meantime, and I wanted to give you a heads-up regarding
an upcoming call for participation!

But first things first:

1. The report from the Wikimedia Conference Movement Strategy Track
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2018/Documentation/Movement_Strategy_track>
has been published[1]. It captures all the conversations, insights and
outputs from three days of intense strategy work, so it’s a (quite) long
but very interesting read. It is meant to document the state of the process
and to allow for a deep dive into it. It should be especially valuable for
those of you who did not have a chance to participate in the conference or
attended another conference track.

2. Based on WMCON outputs (and various conversations we’ve been having in
our movement for years), the core strategy team has mapped eight key
thematic areas
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups#What_are_the_key_thematic_areas%3F>
[2] -- and some initial guiding questions -- that should to be answered to
enable us to advance towards our strategic direction. These areas include:

   - Roles & Responsibilities
   - Resource Allocation & Revenue Streams
   - Diversity
   - Partnerships
   - Capacity Building
   - Community Health
   - Technology
   - Advocacy

3. The core team will be supporting the creation of Working Groups to take
on these critical conversations. These working groups will be asked to
assess the current situation of the thematic area, and obstacles and
opportunities. They’ll have access to all the relevant information already
collected, and the chance to do further research if needed. They’ll be
asked to identify the changes needed in movement structures and develop
concrete recommendations for the movement on how to ratify and implement
them.[3] An open call for working group members will go out to the movement
this week -- please stay tuned for an update from Nicole!

I also had the chance to present more about these plans at last week’s
Metrics Meeting. Please do take a look, either look it all up on the
Meta[3] or watch the video![4]

Cheers,
Katherine


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2018/Documentation/Movement_Strategy_track

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups#What_are_the_key_thematic_areas%3F

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOaiU-v7PbE (from minute 24:25)


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Rebuilding Wikimédia France

2018-06-06 Thread Katherine Maher
, including a newly hired Junior
> Fundraiser position, instead of 11 in 2017. We are confident that this new
> structure is well suited to bring Wikimédia France forward effectively.
>
>
>
> The reorganizing of the team also comes with a complete overhaul of the
> salary grid[5][6].
>
>
>
> Relying on the global Movement
>
>
>
> Our Chair, Vice-Chair and Operational Coordinator took part in the
> Wikimedia Conference. This was an amazing opportunity to learn, to work on
> the strategy, to develop partnerships and, perhaps more importantly, to
> strengthen our relationships with the numerous organizations and
> individuals that constitute the Wikimedia movement.
>
>
>
> We were especially glad to have the opportunity to attend the first
> meeting of affiliates without Executive Director (France, Italy, New York
> City, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine), which was a first promising step towards a
> fruitful collaboration. We benefitted from their feedback regarding their
> organizational experience and we hope we will soon be able to offer a
> sustainable alternative model to an ED-based organization.
>
>
>
> Looking to the future
>
>
>
> On top of all this efforts, we are looking to the future:
>
> * We have submitted our proposal to the FDC[7], with a positive
> feedback[8]. We took into account the criticisms of the last two years,
> notably by drastically reducing the amount requested from the FDC (-236,000
> €). We are really glad that the FDC gave such consideration to our efforts
> and we sincerely thank them.
>
> * Although very busy with our internal projects, we do not forget that we
> are part of the Wikimedia movement. We intend to allocate time to attend
> Wikimania, Wikimedia Conference, Executive Directors and Chairpersons
> meetings, Big Fat Meeting and to be involved in the elaboration of
> Wikimedia 2030 strategy.
>
> * The chapter's governance has been fully reviewed by two teams of
> external auditors. A governance review report will be published and
> discussed with our community[9]. First major changes are due for the next
> general assembly at the end of 2018.
>
>
>
> The last few months were not easy. However, moral support and help from
> the Wikimedia movement and its wish that Wikimédia France would become a
> successful chapter again helped us find the energy to overcome the many
> challenges we had to face.
>
>
>
> We are looking forward to the year ahead, as we strengthen our
> organization and develop efficient and impactful programs and would like to
> thank our members, the Wikimedia Foundation, the affiliates, and all the
> individual people who supported us during these difficult times.
>
>
>
> Thank you,
>
>
>
>
>
> Charlotte Matoussowsky
> Vice-chair of Wikimédia France
>
>  <mailto:charlotte.matoussow...@wikimedia.fr> charlotte.matoussowsky@
> wikimedia.fr
>
>
>
> 
>
> [1]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/
> Assembl%C3%A9e_g%C3%A9n%C3%A9rale/septembre_2017
>
> [2]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/
> Assembl%C3%A9e_g%C3%A9n%C3%A9rale/d%C3%A9cembre_2017
>
> [3]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grant_expectations_for_
> Wikimedia_France_-_2017-2018
>
> [4]https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Organigramme_WMFR.png
>
> [5]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/
> Gouvernance/Salaires
>
> [6]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/
> Gouvernance/Grilles_salariales
>
> [7]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/
> 2017-2018_round_2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form
>
> [8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_
> recommendations/2017-2018_Round_2#Wikim%C3%A9dia_France
>
> [9] Links to this report will be provided shortly.
>
>
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy Update #3: WMCON and Core Team news

2018-04-18 Thread Katherine Maher
Dear all,

Greetings from Berlin! This is another update on the movement strategy
process, this week coming from Wikimedia Conference. I’ve already had the
chance to see so many old friends, and am looking forward to meeting with
many more of you in person. The movement strategy track of the conference
is an important milestone in the strategy process overall -- it provides an
excellent opportunity to engage diverse voices from affiliates representing
many of our communities from around the world.

During the strategy track we will look at the possibilities for envisioning
our future against the strategic direction, and challenges we may face in
making progress. We will discuss our ways forward, with the goal of forming
a more concrete 3-5 year perspective, getting us further toward 2030.
During these discussions we will map out thematic areas that need our
attention, and where we need to take action and make changes, if we are to
fully address our challenges and seize our opportunities.

At the same time, we know that only a fraction of our diverse global
movement will be present at the Wikimedia Conference. Therefore, the
conference is only a starting point. The process following the conference
will be designed to include different perspectives and voices, and we hope
that you feel encouraged to participate in ongoing discussions on wiki, at
Wikimania, and at regional or thematic events.

As I mentioned in my last email, all these discussions will be supported by
the Core Strategy Team. As I also mentioned, we’ve made some progress in
building that team! I am happy to announce that we have filled some of the
important roles:

*Strategy Process Architect *- Responsible for framing, designing and
maintaining the process in consultation with the international Wikimedia
community. *I’m thrilled to announce that Kaarel Vaidla, former Executive
Director of Wikimedia Eesti, has agreed to fill this role.* Kaarel has been
involved with our movement in various ways over the years, and has proven
his strategic abilities through his contributions to Phase 1 in various
volunteer roles.

*Strategy Process Support Lead* - An external partner to the Process Lead
and Process Architect. This person will participate in process design and
will help us find experience from outside Wikimedia when needed. *I’m
delighted to announce that Bhavesh Patel has agreed to fill this role. *Bhav
is a “conversational architect” who works with many different movement
organizations around the globe. You may know Bhav his outstanding
facilitation at WMCON 2017 and Wikimania Montreal. We’re fortunate to have
him back with us.

We have also appointed a *Project Assistant*, *Anne Kierkegaard*, to help
the core team to manage the administrative side of the process. Anne
currently works with WMDE and will be supporting Nicole directly in her
capacity as process lead. We've also recruited our *Thought and Process
Facilitator*, *Anna Lena Schiller*. Anna Lena will support the Process Lead
in shaping a high-performing team and be responsible for designing and
supporting facilitation at meetings and events throughout the strategy
process. Many of you may know Anna Lena as one of the wonderful
facilitators of WMCON between 2011 and 2016. *I am so happy both Anne and
Anna Lena have agreed to join the team!*

I would also like to remind you that there is still an open call for
applications for the positions of the *Information & Knowledge Manager* and
the *Project Manager* in the strategy team. We’re getting great
applications, and I continue to encourage people from across the movement
to apply!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Wikimedia Conference -- and
many more of you in meetings and events to come. Thank you for your ongoing
engagement in the strategy process!

Tschüssi,
Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy core team news: We're recruiting

2018-04-04 Thread Katherine Maher
 many different perspectives and experiences
into account.

I am excited that we can now kick off the first steps of the process with
these team members and prepare for the first essential milestone in the
upcoming phase - the Wikimedia Conference and its movement strategy track.
We will share more information and details about that in our next update.

*Okay, that’s it -- don’t forget to apply!*

Cheers,
Katherine

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Team
[2]
https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1096509?gh_src=cclqxfvl1#.WsT-DNPwbOR
[3]
https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1096480?gh_src=3pmbq6q21#.WsT-HdPwbOR

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[Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Foundation's FY18-19 Annual Plan is on Meta-wiki

2018-03-29 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I'm delighted to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan for
FY18-19 is now on Meta[1].

This year, we have organized our efforts around three goals that focus on
making critical improvements to our systems and structures to ensure that
we’re better positioned for our coming work against the strategic
direction[2]. The Foundation’s goals for this year should not only move us
closer to knowledge equity and service, but will prepare us to execute
against the 3- to 5-year strategic plan which we intend to develop this
year in order to guide the Foundation’s work into the future.

As you’ll see, we’ve made some changes to the structure of this year’s
annual plan. This year’s plan is organized around three goals for the
Foundation’s work in the year to come. By restructuring the Annual Plan, we
have written a plan for the whole Foundation,  rather than an aggregation
of plans from all of our departments and teams. In this sense, we’re
seeking to become a better-integrated institution, rather than a collection
of teams and departments with disparate goals.

We’ve also reduced the overall length of the published Annual Plan. We
wanted to make sure that the focus and goals of our work don’t get lost in
the details. Of course, we know that many community members enjoy reading
the particulars of our planned work, so you can still access the details of
departmental programs through links to their descriptions on Meta or
MediaWiki.org. These links will provide interested readers with detailed
departmental programs, which describe the specific and detailed program
goals, impact and outcomes. This change does not sacrifice the depth and
rigor of our planning process, but rather, it is meant to keep the Annual
Plan lean and focused while allowing interested readers to dive deep into
the details.

Finally, we’ve expanded the planning framework we instituted last year for
cross-departmental programs to all of our programs across the Foundation.
This allows us to clearly link a program’s resources to outcomes and
measures. As such, we’ve presented the Annual Plan budget in terms of our
investments in the three defined goals rather than in terms of our internal
organizational structure.

Thank you all for your support over the past year. I'm really looking
forward to your feedback on this year's proposed plan during the open
comment period -- a reminder it runs through May 15th.

Thanks!
Katherine

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
Annual_Plan/2018-2019/Draft
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017

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[Wikimedia-l] Update: Next steps on Movement Strategy (Phase II)

2018-03-08 Thread Katherine Maher
Dear all,

I am excited to provide some updates on the movement strategy process.
After a break for re-energizing after phase 1 (and a focus on some internal
priorities at the Foundation, such as annual planning), we are now about to
kick off the next phase of our work.

In Phase I, we agreed upon the movement’s new strategic direction: to
become the essential infrastructure in the ecosystem for free knowledge,
with a focus on knowledge equity and knowledge as a service.

Now it’s time to determine how we actually get there. Our next step will be
to build a process to coordinate and facilitate the movement-wide change
process. Our aim is to create collective ownership of this process, so each
step will be created with, and enriched by, individuals and groups from
across and beyond the movement. And in doing so, we’ll go on a journey
together, as we explore the future of our movement.

*Who is 'we'? *There is no team in place yet, but I’ve been working closely
with Nicole Ebber, of Wikimedia Deutschland, who was previously leading
Track A of Phase I of the process. I’m happy to report Nicole will be
leading this next phase of work, including putting together a team from
across the community. Nicole brings insights from years of working with the
global movement, from organizing the Wikimedia Conference to leading the
Chapters Dialogue to her work as a team member in Phase I. She is a trusted
and longstanding member of our global community and we will be working
closely together as we go forward. I am thankful to Nicole for her interest
in being a partner in this strategy work.

*What are the questions we’re trying to answer? *In addition to developing
the strategic direction statement, we also finished Phase I with a set of
questions. Our community and process leaders identified answering these
questions as critical to our success in moving forward. Currently, we’ve
organized them as representing four different levels of our work and
movement:

   - *At every level (conceptual): *How do we evolve in a healthy and
   consistent way? What do we need to change or adapt as we move toward the
   essential infrastructure for free knowledge? A constant and stable change
   process, inclusive, culturally sensitive and true to our values.
   - *Across the movement (structural): *What are the critical questions
   we, as a movement, need to resolve around roles, resources and
   responsibilities, in order to be successful? Leading to recommendations,
   agreement and a process for implementation.
   - *In movement organizations (programmatic): *How do we contextualize
   and apply the direction? What sort of programs and efforts should we
   undertake? What are our first priorities? Including support, coordination
   and innovation across the movement.
   - *For projects and individuals (tactical):* What are the priorities for
   individual Wikimedia projects, or within projects? What do contributors
   need and care about? Product and program support by the key organizations’
   departments.

We know the movement needs to engage with these questions in this next
phase; some of these questions will be best answered at the individual and
project level, some of these will be facilitated by the core team. We’ll be
able to share more as we get further into process design.

What’s the timeline? To ensure a stable and sustainable journey, our
intended roadmap includes two full years, through June 2020. By that time,
we hope to have reached agreement on the essential questions and common
goals for our movement.

*Our next steps include: *

   - Defining the roles and expertise we need in the journey, and starting
   the search for team members and contractors (important note: we will be
   hiring language contractors, as we did in Phase I, in order to support
   multilingual participation)
   - Determining the governance and decision-making models we’ll need for
   the journey
   - Designing the movement strategy track of WMCON, where we will kick-off
   the journey for the organized part of the movement
   - Refining the roadmap for 2018-20 beginning with insights from WMCON
   - Identifying key themes and processes for development of recommendations
   - Planning consultations and participation from old and new movement
   stakeholders

That’s the first update of Phase II!

Nicole and I plan to resume the practice of sending regular status updates
with more information as we move forward, starting next week with more
information on the team, roles, timeline, and set-up of the process.

Yours,
Katherine

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Stewards elected

2018-02-28 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations, welcome, and thank you for all you do.

On Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 7:56 AM Johan Jönsson <brevlis...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 2018-02-28 22:14 GMT+01:00 Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com>:
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> > Hey Wikimedia community
> > after a long election we finally have couple new stewards elected
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> >
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> Welcome, new stewards. And thank you.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New language code for Western Armenian language

2018-02-03 Thread Katherine Maher
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[Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimedia vs. NSA

2018-01-29 Thread Katherine Maher
 and important case like this, we are always
balancing the need for confidentiality with our commitment to transparency.
So while some information will not be public, we want to be available to
address your questions, should you have any. Please direct them to Greg
Varnum gvar...@wikimedia.org, who can help provide answers.

We will continue keeping you updated on our progress and anything that
might affect our communities and visitors to the Wikimedia sites.[17]

I would like to thank Tilman Bayer, Nuria Ruiz, Faidon Liambotis, Andrew
Otto, James Alexander, Brandon Black, Byron Bogaert, Dan Foy, Grace
Gellerman, Aeryn Palmer and Jim Buatti for their extensive dedication to
this case.  And thanks to the C-levels supporting this work, Eileen
Hershenov, Victoria Coleman, and Toby Negrin.

Yours,
Katherine

[1] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/06/23/wikimedia-v-nsa-present-future/
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_bono
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_Liberties_Union
[6] https://knightcolumbia.org/
[7] https://www.cooley.com/
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upstream_collection
[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_backbone
[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_courts_of_appeals
[11] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/05/23/wikimedia-nsa-appeal-standing/
[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_(law)
[13] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_(law)
[14] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Data_retention_guidelines
[15]
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cyber-surveillance/trump-signs-bill-renewing-nsas-internet-surveillance-program-idUSKBN1F82MK

[16] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attorney%E2%80%93client_privilege
[17] https://policy.wikimedia.org/stopsurveillance/

*Previous updates for your review:*

June 23 2017
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/06/23/wikimedia-v-nsa-present-future/
June 16 2017
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/06/16/fake-news-nsa-lawsuit-yale/
May 23 2017
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/05/23/wikimedia-nsa-appeal-standing/
December 9 2016
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/12/09/wikimedia-v-nsa-hearing-fourth-circuit/
October 17 2016
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/10/17/wikimedia-v-nsa-appeal-hearing/
May 9 2016 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/09/wikimedia-nsa-appeal/
April 11 2016
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/04/11/new-resource-wikimedia-nsa/
February 17 2016
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/02/17/wikimedia-nsa-appeal-filed/
December 15 2015
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/12/15/wikimedia-nsa-notice-of-appeal/
October 23 2015
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/23/wikimedia-v-nsa-lawsuit-dismissal/
September 28 2015
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/09/28/wikimedia-nsa-first-hearing/
September 4 2015
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/09/04/motion-to-dismiss-wikimedia-v-nsa/
March 10 2015 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-24 Thread Katherine Maher
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[Wikimedia-l] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-05 Thread Katherine Maher
 will retain an accomplished and intuitive
advocate for our mission, community, and identity in Heather while
welcoming Kui’s fresh perspective and powerful communications skill set.

The evolution of my thinking, and this decision, was not hasty. Over the
process of looking for a CMCO, we conducted a long and thorough search with
an external firm Chaloner Associates. We reviewed applications from more
than 1200 applicants, from all sorts of backgrounds and experiences, and
brought three people through to the final rounds. While all of this was
going on, the Communications department was also undergoing a deep
consultation on its immediate and future needs, led by Heather, and with
the support of an external expert, Sabrina Hersi Issa.

Over six months of the search and consultation, a few things became clear.
The first was that Heather was doing a great job as interim chief. The
department was producing excellent results, and the team was small but
strong, united under Heather’s leadership. Her contributions to movement
strategy and the Leadership team were pragmatic and valuable. She has an
astute but understated understanding of how Wikimedia should speak, sound,
and appear to many different audiences. Her knowledge of the community was
borne out of hard-won experience over many years, with the ability to push
when we need pushing, while never losing sight of who we are.

The second was that we absolutely needed and wanted new skills and
experiences in service of our mission. We needed someone with deep
experience in traditional communications areas, from public relations to
internal communications. We wanted someone with experience in traditional
marketing and product marketing. The Communications team members who worked
in these areas were looking for someone to learn from, a strong manager and
mentor with a breadth and depth of experience. We were also committed to
finding someone who had worked serving audiences we still struggle to
reach. We wanted someone who would bring a fresh voice, an understanding of
emerging markets, and practical experience outside our current
competencies.

Kui and Heather together bring the best of both worlds. Creative and
communications, deep experience, fresh perspective, and a strong sense of
our mission and community. Together, they will work in the year to come to
develop a plan for staffing our growing marketing efforts.

*Next steps*

We will be sharing this information publicly on the blog closer to Kui's
start in March, but I wanted to share this news with you all as soon as
possible. I want to offer my appreciation to hiring committee for their
dedication through the process, and insights that led to this surprising
and exciting outcome. Thank you Anna Stillwell, Joady Lohr, Zack McCune,
Juliet Barbara, and Mel Kramer, Amy Segelin of Chaloner Associates, the
travel team for getting Kui to San Francisco, and of course, Liz Verlade
for ensuring it all come together.

Again, please join me in congratulating Heather and welcoming Kui!

Cheers,
Katherine

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France new Board members

2017-12-14 Thread Katherine Maher
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-01 Thread Katherine Maher
You're right, sorry Lane. I was responding with excitement and trying to be
more inclusive in my message by acknowledging that people could participate
in Wikimania even if they weren't in the room, but of course that was true
for all *but* this session.

There was no livestream!

Katherine

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> Congratulations.
>
> Katherine, you just said there was a livestream. There was no livestream
> and no recording at Wikimania 2017 for this speaker, right? Was there a
> transcript of that talk or anything else recorded?
>
> The notice here says that we still are not doing photos of Esra'a, which is
> doable, but I am confused about the mention of livestream.
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 5:29 PM, Pierre-Selim <pierre-se...@huard.info>
> wrote:
>
> > Welcome Esra'a !
> >
> > Le 1 déc. 2017 23:23, "Michael Peel" <em...@mikepeel.net> a écrit :
> >
> > > Thank you, Esra’a, for volunteering!
> > >
> > > However, I’m very concerned by this:
> > >
> > > "P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of
> > > Esra’a may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure
> > the
> > > privacy and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any
> > > photographs or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in
> > > supporting this important safety consideration.”
> > >
> > > This is security by obscurity (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q133735)
> -
> > > which is at best a temporary measure that won’t last, particularly in a
> > > high-profile position like this. Aside from the potential media
> coverage,
> > > Wikimedia events are very well photographed by Wikimedians who want to
> > > illustrate a rather well-read encyclopaedia… This leads to an awkward
> > > situation where someone’s safety and Wikimedia’s openness are
> > conflicting,
> > > which is not OK.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Mike
> > >
> > > > On 1 Dec 2017, at 19:59, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Thank you, Christophe, for sharing this excellent news.
> > > >
> > > > Those of you who were at Wikimania or watching on the livestream had
> > the
> > > > chance to get acquainted with Esra'a through her keynote. I'm certain
> > > that,
> > > > if you were part of that audience, you'll join me in agreeing that
> she
> > is
> > > > an exceptional and accomplished individual who brings a whole host of
> > > > talents to our movement. I'm personally delighted that she will be
> > > lending
> > > > her perspective and wisdom to our movement and to the governance of
> the
> > > > Wikimedia Foundation. There is so much we can learn from her, and I
> > hope
> > > > she finds her tenure on the Board to be rewarding.
> > > >
> > > > Esra'a, thank you so very much for joining our Board and engaging
> even
> > > more
> > > > with our movement! It is an honor to have this opportunity to work
> with
> > > you.
> > > >
> > > > Yours,
> > > > Katherine
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:31 PM, Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> Fantastic Wikimania keynote, fascinating addition to the board,
> > fabulous
> > > >> addition to our community.
> > > >>
> > > >> Welcome.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> On Fri, 1 Dec 2017 at 22:28, Anna Stillwell <
> astillw...@wikimedia.org
> > >
> > > >> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >>> Welcome, Esra'a. Thank you for taking the time to serve. I look
> > forward
> > > >> to
> > > >>> your contribution.
> > > >>> /a
> > > >>>
> > > >>> On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Christophe Henner <
> > > >> chen...@wikimedia.org>
> > > >>> wrote:
> > > >>>
> > > >>>> Hi everyone,
> > > >>>>
> > > >>>> With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of
> > > >> months
> > > >>>> ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am
> > thrilled
> > > >> to
> > > >>>> share that 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-01 Thread Katherine Maher
Thank you, Christophe, for sharing this excellent news.

Those of you who were at Wikimania or watching on the livestream had the
chance to get acquainted with Esra'a through her keynote. I'm certain that,
if you were part of that audience, you'll join me in agreeing that she is
an exceptional and accomplished individual who brings a whole host of
talents to our movement. I'm personally delighted that she will be lending
her perspective and wisdom to our movement and to the governance of the
Wikimedia Foundation. There is so much we can learn from her, and I hope
she finds her tenure on the Board to be rewarding.

Esra'a, thank you so very much for joining our Board and engaging even more
with our movement! It is an honor to have this opportunity to work with you.

Yours,
Katherine

On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:31 PM, Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Fantastic Wikimania keynote, fascinating addition to the board, fabulous
> addition to our community.
>
> Welcome.
>
>
> On Fri, 1 Dec 2017 at 22:28, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Welcome, Esra'a. Thank you for taking the time to serve. I look forward
> to
> > your contribution.
> > /a
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Christophe Henner <
> chen...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of
> months
> > > ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am thrilled
> to
> > > share that after several months of searching and discussions, we have
> > made
> > > another important appointment. At our November Board Retreat, the Board
> > > appointed and welcomed Esra’a Al Shafei to fill our vacant expert seat.
> > >
> > > Esra'a is a prominent international human rights activist and social
> > > entrepreneur. She founded and directs Majal, a nonprofit which utilizes
> > > digital media to amplify under-reported and marginalized voices
> > throughout
> > > the Middle East and North Africa. For those of you that heard her
> keynote
> > > presentation at this year's Wikimania, I think you will agree she will
> > make
> > > a very valuable addition to the Board and brings an important
> perspective
> > > and skillset to the Board's efforts.
> > >
> > > Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official
> announcement
> > > about Esra’a Al Shafei. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to the
> > > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the Wikimedia movement!
> > >
> > > Christophe
> > > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > >
> > > P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of
> > Esra’a
> > > may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the
> > privacy
> > > and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any
> > photographs
> > > or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this
> > > important safety consideration.
> > >
> > >
> > > Press release
> > >
> > > Header: Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > >
> > > Subheader: Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur
> brings
> > to
> > > the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of
> > experience
> > > in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and
> > > underrepresented communities.
> > >
> > > Image: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Esraa.png[a]
> > > <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> > > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt1>
> > > [b]
> > > <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> > > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt2>
> > > [c]
> > > <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> > > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt3>
> > > [d]
> > > <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> > > LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt4>
> > >
> > > San Francisco, California, 1 December 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation
> > today
> > > announced the appointment of Esra'a Al Shafei, a prominent human rights
> > > activist and a passionate defender of free expression, to the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation Board of Trustees.
> > >
> > > A native of Bahrain, Esra'a’s work aims to increase and pr

[Wikimedia-l] Appointment of WMF Chief Product Officer

2017-10-27 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I’m happy to let you know that the Foundation has concluded our search for
a Chief Product Officer (CPO). Our own Toby Negrin will transition from
acting as interim lead of the Audiences department to this permanent and
updated role. Please join me in congratulating Toby!

Toby was unanimously recommended by our CPO search panel, following an
executive search process very similar to those used for recent executive
appointments in Legal and Talent & Culture. We kicked off the process by
developing a job description based on feedback from staff, particularly
from the Audiences department. This job description attracted hundreds of
applicants after being posted in August 2017. A pool of approximately 30
candidates was reviewed by the primary hiring panel, made up of
stakeholders from Audiences and Technology. We conducted additional
interviews with six candidates, and two external finalists were interviewed
by the full panel and myself.

Since joining the Foundation in 2013, Toby has demonstrated leadership
focussed on outcomes, collaboration with the Wikimedia community, and
respect for Wikimedia values. He led an expansion of our analytics efforts,
built a new team focused on Readers, and championed the development of
intuitive mobile interfaces and mobile applications. Toby played a critical
role in the creation of the Community Tech team, and supporting the
creation of the New Readers program. He has a deep interest in partnership
with the communities, an instinct for assembling and cultivating teams, and
a record of supporting staff as they develop and explore new skills and
roles.

Leading our product development efforts takes more than a commitment to the
Wikimedia mission. As the world around us changes, we too must evaluate how
we best make progress toward our mission. Changes in demographics,
language, connectivity, interfaces, and more will have a profound and
transformative effect on our projects and how we seek to achieve our
vision. To respond effectively, we will need to develop a vision and plan
for how the Wikimedia projects will evolve, growing users, expanding
services, and improving retention and participation. And perhaps more
importantly, we will need to develop a culture of excellence, service, and
sustainability across the organization, so that we can retain and attract a
diverse crow of exceptional colleagues.  I’m excited to see how Toby and
the department will continue to take on these challenges and opportunities.

Toby brings nearly 20 years of experience if integrating data, research,
and design to produce effective and popular products. Prior to joining the
Foundation, he led analytics efforts at DeNA, a mobile social games
company. At DeNA, he partnered with colleagues in Japan and China to build
global dashboards used to track gaming performance around the world. He
also held roles at Yahoo! related to cloud platforms, anti-abuse efforts,
and content moderation. Toby grew up in Los Angeles and the UK before
landing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and worked in software development
at startups in Sweden and The Netherlands. Toby graduated from the NIMBAS
Graduate School of Management and University of California - Santa Cruz. He
was a board member and treasurer of the Golden Gate Philharmonic youth
orchestra. In his free time, he enjoys spending time winemaking and grape
growing, running, hiking Bay Area trails, and playing tennis.

I want to offer my sincere thanks to the CPO hiring committee for your work
on this process: Jon Katz, Nirzar Pangarkar, Adam Baso, Grace Gellerman,
Anne Gomez, James Forrester, Victoria Coleman, and Ryan Kaldari. A special
thank you to Liz Verlade, Joady Lohr, and Anna Stillwell for their amazing
work coordinating the process. Finally, thank you to Eileen Hershenov,
Maggie Dennis, Megan Hernandez, Pau Giner, Danny Horn, Runa Bhattacharjee,
and Christophe Henner for their input throughout the process.

Again, and especially for those at WikidataCon this week, please join me in
congratulating Toby on this appointment!

Cheers,
Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] October 12: Strategy update - Movement direction now posted for your endorsement consideration (#26)

2017-10-20 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I’m delighted to share that a final version of the Wikimedia movement's new
strategic direction has been posted on Meta-Wiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10422143

The drafting group[1] bravely spent several weeks reading, considering, and
(when possible) responding to the comments posted about the previous
drafts. Attempting to capture and synthesize the aspirations and opinions
of a global movement based on hundreds of offline and online conversations
is no easy task. Please join me in thanking them not only for taking on
this formidable process, but for helping develop something I believe we can
all be proud of.

I am optimistic that this strategic direction provides every individual and
entity within the Wikimedia movement something to be excited about.
Beginning on October 26, we will be asking for individual contributors and
organized groups to endorse this new strategic direction for our movement.
I encourage you to spend the intervening days discussing this direction and
determining if you and/or your group will be endorsing it. You will find
more information about the endorsement day and the process on the
direction’s meta page next week.

The endorsement concludes phase 1 of the process, and we are currently
drafting the next steps of the process. The main goal of phase 2 will be to
answer the question "How do we implement the strategic direction", which
means identifying the resources needed for execution, and the activities it
involves. A first rough overview of this phase is being developed on Meta.
Take a look! [2]

On a different note, we have completed the move into our new office space
at One Montgomery Tower![3] Once again, thank you to everyone on staff who
was involved in making the move so seamless, and to all of you for your
patience over the past couple of weeks. Later this month, once we are more
settled in, we will be sharing photos and information about our new space
on the Wikimedia Blog.

Stay tuned!

መልካም ቀን። (Amharic translation: “Have a nice day”),

Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/People/Drafting_Group
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030/Process_planning
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_headquarters
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-20 Thread Katherine Maher
ublic/nonprofit digitization and preservation efforts.
>
> > Publicise the fact that Google and others profit from volunteer work, and
> > give very little back. The world could do with more articles like this:
> >
> > https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/
> 2015/07/22/you-dont-know-it-but-youre-working-for-facebook-for-free/
>
> I have plenty of criticisms of Facebook, but the fact that users don't
> get paid for posting selfies isn't one of them. My thoughts on how the
> free culture movement (not limited to Wikipedia) should interface with
> the for-profit sector are as follows, FWIW:
>
> 1) Demand appropriate levels of taxation on private profits, [2]
> sufficient investments in public education and cultural institutions,
> and "open licensing" requirements on government contracts with private
> corporations.
>
> 2) Require compliance with free licenses, first gently, then more
> firmly. This is a game of diminishing returns, and it's most useful to
> go after the most blatant and problematic cases. As noted above, "fair
> use" limits should be understood and taken into consideration.
>
> 3) Encourage corporations to be "good citizens" of the free culture
> world, whether it's through indicating provenance beyond what's
> legally required, or by contributing directly (open source
> development, knowledge/data donations, in-kind goods/services,
> financial contributions). The payoff for them is goodwill and a
> thriving (i.e. also profitable) open Internet that more people in more
> places use for more things.
>
> 4) Build community-driven, open, nonprofit alternatives to
> out-of-control corporate quasi-monopolies. As far as proprietary
> knowledge graphs are concerned, I will reiterate: open data is the
> solution, not the problem.
>
> Cheers,
> Erik
>
> [1] See the getValue function in
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module:WikidataIB , specifically its
> "onlysourced" parameter. The module also adds a convenient "Edit this
> on Wikidata" link to each claim included from there.
>
> [2] As far as Wikimedia organizations are concerned, specific tax
> policy will likely always be out of scope of political advocacy, but
> the other points need not be.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The other side of the crisis at WMFR

2017-10-19 Thread Katherine Maher
gt; >>
> > >> Let me be clear: these conditions are outrageous and unacceptable.
> > >>
> > >> First of all, my legitimacy as a Board member of WMFr does not come
> from
> > >> any commitment to WMF but from being democratically elected by French
> > >> chapter members. WMF has no say in who stays or not on the Board, and
> > >> trying to intervene on such governance issues is, again, putting both
> > >> organisations at risk of being legally recognised as co-employers.
> > >>
> > >> Second, as a (volunteer) Board member I have been subjected to
> > harassment,
> > >> sexist abuse, and unjustified allegations of misconduct by community
> > >> members, that have impacted my health and mental well being to the
> point
> > >> where I was no longer able to do my (paid) job in cancer patient care
> > and
> > >> my GP put me on medical leave. A large volume of this abuse took place
> > on
> > >> WMF property (fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipédia:Le_Bistro
> <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Le_Bistro>
> > <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Le_Bistro>
> > > <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Le_Bistro>
> > >> <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Le_Bistro>
> > >> <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Le_Bistro> and the
> > >> WMF-hosted,
> > >> publicly archived mailing lists wikimedia-l and wikimediafr).
> > >> You personally and on behalf of WMF encouraged French community
> members
> > to
> > >> challenge chapter leadership citing governance issues, without a word
> > >> mentioning the violence suffered by the Board and executive staff at
> the
> > >> hands of some French members during this crisis. Worse, you presented
> > the
> > >> Board's email condemning the harassment as inaccurate and problematic,
> > >> which made the community feel all the more legitimate in their harmful
> > >> attacks.
> > >> When I reported the abuse in person to WMF employees during the site
> > visit
> > >> you personally empathised with my distress at the time, and thanked me
> > for
> > >> being honest about how your email to the wikimediafr list had made our
> > >> already precarious situation untenable. And then you did nothing.
> > >> My husband Rémi, who witnessed first hand the effects of the
> harassment
> > on
> > >> my health, called on you to release the site visit report so the
> > > misconduct
> > >> allegations would stop. You didn't, until 3 days before our General
> > >> Assembly (where the allegations were repeated), on the same day you
> > asked
> > >> that I stay on as a Board member. Even your choice of words in the
> > "Grant
> > >> expectations" document is telling: "egregious incivility" is not what
> we
> > >> are talking about here. We are talking about unacceptable and illegal
> > >> defamation and harassment with serious real life consequences.
> > >> Rémi also called on the wikimedia-l list to stop the unfounded
> > > allegations,
> > >> and was attacked in turn because of "his conflict of interest as the
> > >> husband of a Board member". He also reported the abuse to the WMF
> > >> governance committee, to the Suport and Safety team and mentioned it
> to
> > >> Christophe Henner and Katherine Maher on Twitter, to no avail. To this
> > day
> > >> we haven't received any support or acknowledgement whatsoever. All the
> > >> while the sexist abuse continues, and French editor MrButler was
> > moderated
> > >> on the wikimediafr maling list for his continued personal attacks
> > against
> > >> me. This is exactly the kind of behaviour the Board's email to the
> > members
> > >> was calling out, yet you continue to deliberately ignore it and refuse
> > to
> > >> do anything about it.
> > >>
> > >> Finally, your asking to be informed of any legal action against
> chapter
> > >> members or staff is yet another example of the WMF taking sides while
> > >> posing as a neutral arbitrator. Calling someone out on their toxic
> > >> behaviour or actually filing a complaint are no legal threats or
> > >> intimidation, but by claiming they are you are trying to silence
> victims
> > > by
> > >> denyi

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Raju Narisetti to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-10-16 Thread Katherine Maher
Thank you, Christophe, for sharing this wonderful news.

I have had the opportunity to get to know Raju during this appointments
process, and am very excited that he is joining our Wikimedia family as a
Foundation Trustee. It is clear to me that his values are closely aligned
with those of our movement, and that he brings wisdom and expertise
attained throughout his varied professional experiences. As Executive
Director, I have the distinct pleasure of working closely with our Board,
and I share Christophe's confidence that Raju will make an excellent
addition.

Raju, welcome and thank you for joining one of the world's largest
volunteer movements, and generously offering your time, talent, and wisdom
to the advancement of our mission. I look forward to working with and
learning from you in the years to come.

Katherine

On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 3:18 PM, Bishakha Datta <bishakhada...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Excellent news!
> Bishakha
>
> On 17 Oct 2017 00:11, "Anna Stillwell" <astillw...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Welcome, Raju.
> > /a
> >
> > On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 11:19 AM, Christophe Henner <
> chen...@wikimedia.org
> > >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > Over the past year, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has been
> > > reviewing and evolving our appointment and onboarding process for new
> > Board
> > > members. While that has resulted in some lingering vacancies, we knew
> it
> > > was important to update these processes to help maintain a cordial and
> > > productive Board.
> > >
> > > The updated appointment process provides the entire board with more
> > > detailed (albeit private) information about each candidate’s
> background,
> > > public profile, past professional and volunteer work, and ability to
> > > contribute to the Board. The updated onboarding process is meant to
> help
> > > Board members learn about the processes and expectations of our Board
> > more
> > > quickly to help reduce productivity lost to transitions. Special thanks
> > to
> > > everyone serving on the Board Governance Committee and Nataliia for the
> > > work they have put into these improvements!
> > >
> > > I am also incredibly excited to share that these efforts have helped us
> > > identify and appoint an amazing addition to the Wikimedia Foundation
> > Board
> > > of Trustees! At our October meeting, the Board appointed and welcomed
> > Raju
> > > Narisetti to fill one of the vacant expert seats.
> > >
> > > Raju is a veteran media executive and journalist and brings a wealth of
> > > communications experience to the board. He is also a veteran of
> nonprofit
> > > governance and currently serves on the board for the International
> Center
> > > for Journalists and Institute for International Education. I am
> confident
> > > he will be a very valuable addition to the board and thrilled that he
> has
> > > agreed to join us!
> > >
> > > We will continue to make improvements to our governance processes, for
> > > example with the learnings from the on-going governance review, and
> apply
> > > what we have learned to future appointments and filling our remaining
> > > vacancy. Thank you for everyone’s patience as we took a pause and
> worked
> > on
> > > recruiting the best possible candidates, rather than simply rushing to
> > fill
> > > the seats.
> > >
> > > In the meantime, below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the
> > > official announcement about Raju Narisetti and please join me in warmly
> > > welcoming him to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the
> > > Wikimedia movement!
> > >
> > > Christophe
> > > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > >
> > > Raju Narisetti joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> > >
> > > Media veteran brings nearly three decades of global strategic
> experience
> > in
> > > digital media and audience development to the Wikimedia Foundation
> Board
> > >
> > >
> > > Image:
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> > >
> > > San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation today
> > > announced the appointment of Raju Narisetti, a veteran media executive
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[Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-09-30 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

Since my update last month, we have been collecting, processing, and
including your most recent input into the lastest version of the movement
strategic direction. This version is available on Meta-Wiki.[1]

We're so close! The direction will be finalized tomorrow, October 1.
Starting tomorrow, we will begin to invite individuals and groups to
endorse our movement's strategic direction. I want to share my greatest
thanks and appreciation for the work and contributions so many of you have
made throughout this first phase (Phase 1) of developing a shared strategic
direction.

In the coming weeks we will be preparing for Phase 2, which will involve
developing specific plans for how we achieve the direction we have built
together. I do not have many more details to share right now, but will of
course offer an update as they become available.

*Strategic direction*. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the
draft introduced at Wikimania. The version on Meta-Wiki is based on the
feedback you offered.

*Endorsements*. Once the strategic direction closes tomorrow,
organizations, groups, and individuals within the movement will be invited
to endorse the direction, in a show of support for the future we are
building together. We'll be sending an update next week on the process and
timeline.

*Concluding Phase 1*. Please join me in offering thanks to the volunteers,
staff, and contractors who came together to make this possible! As we
transition into Phase 2, some of these roles will be concluded and new ones
created in their place. We'll keep you updated.

*Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017*. I was fortunate to join Wikimedians from
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) last weekend at the sixth annual Wikimedia
CEE Meeting[2] in Warsaw, Poland. Nicole Ebber and Kaarel Vaidla led a
series of discussions on the direction, including what it means for CEE.[3]
Thank you our hosts, Wikimedia Polska, and to all of the attendees for such
a wonderful event!

*In other news.* I've heard from many people how much you appreciate these
updates as a means of keeping track about what is going on. I'm talking to
the Communications department about keeping them going once the strategic
planning process concludes, with a focus on more general updates. Keep the
feedback coming.

Since my last update, our planet has reminded us of its incredible and
often unforgiving strength. My thoughts, and those of many within the
Wikimedia Foundation, are with our Wikimedia family which have been
affected by the natural disasters of recent weeks. We have been in touch
with our affiliates in the areas impacted, and will offer any support we
can.

Finally, as our CFO Jaime mentioned last week,[3] the Foundation is in the
process of moving into our new office, in One Montgomery Tower. We invite
you to visit its new page on Meta-Wiki.[4]

We are at the halfway mark of this movement strategy process, and I am
incredibly proud of the work we have done together on the strategy. Thank
you, again, to everyone for your contributions to this process. We have
more work ahead but should be proud of what we have achieved already.

Ten cuidado (Spanish translation: “Be safe”),

Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction
[2]  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CEE_Meeting_2017
[3]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CEE_meeting_2017_%E2%80%93_Movement_Strategy.pdf
[4]
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-September/088654.html
[5]  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_headquarters

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[Wikimedia-l] August 28: Strategy update - Draft movement direction and Wikimania materials (#24)

2017-08-30 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

As I write this, I feel almost like a student returning to school. With
Wikimania behind us and autumnal weather starting outside it feels like the
start of a new year - and a return to serious things after the last days of
summer sunshine, storms, and socializing at Wikimedia in Montreal. But I
was always the sort of kid who loved the return of the school season as
much as I regretted the end of summer holidays: it meant it was time to
return to learning, exploring, and doing substantive things.

And we have many substantive things to do! Phase I of the strategy is
drawing to a close, and Phase II will start in November. A reminder that
Phase I was about collectively developing a shared strategic direction, and
Phase II will be about developing plans for how we make the direction a
reality. We’re nearly halfway there!

*Draft strategic direction*. Throughout the past few weeks community
members have been reviewing the draft strategic movement direction[1] which
was presented shortly before Wikimania. Thank you to everyone who has
already shared feedback. For those who haven’t yet, I encourage you to join
the discussion on the talk page. Because of the high volume of feedback
collected at Wikimania, we are extending the timeline to ensure the draft
incorporates the feedback appropriately. We expect to publish draft 2
sometime in early to mid September. Then we will have a 2-week period for
community review. If all goes according to plan, the final draft will post
by the end of September.

*Wikimania movement strategy space*. At Wikimania in Montreal, we welcomed
the community to learn more about the strategy process and discuss the
draft direction in the movement strategy space. We held three feedback
sessions, five facilitated sessions, and two presentation-oriented sessions
over four days. They focused on sharing insights from New Voices (experts,
attitudes and usage research in high awareness regions, research in low
awareness regions, and key global trends), insights from discussions for
organized groups and individual contributors, and exploring considerations
for Phase II (roles, responsibilities, and resources). The feedback from
those sessions has been collected in a report available on Meta.[2]

*Strategy keynote and session materials*. At Wikimania, our Wikimedia
Foundation Board Chair, Christophe Henner, and I discussed the strategic
direction during the opening keynote [3], and held a panel discussion with
fellow community members Ivan Martinez, Mervat Salman, Magnus Manske, and
Anasuya Sengupta, where they shared their perspectives on the strategic
direction. I also joined the heads of Creative Commons (Ryan Merkley) and
the Mozilla Foundation (Mark Surman) for a discussion about “The Big Open”
and how open culture organizations can join forces to strengthen our
movement. In other sessions and events, the strategy team presented insight
from this process. Many of those session presentations and notes are posted
on Meta, and more materials will be published in the coming days.[4]

I’ll be sure to send an update as soon as the new draft direction is ready,
but for those who are watching as we go, keep an eye on Meta - we’ll be
making changes there over the next few days as we continue to integrate
your feedback. In the meantime, thank you for your insights and
participation!

مع أطيب التحيات (Arabic translation: “Best regards”)

Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction#Where_the_world_is_going

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Wikimania_Movement_Strategy_Space_report

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdr2F8aB9y0
[4] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/All_Session_Notes
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_metrics_and_activities_meetings


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Indaba - Letter to Katherine (L2K)

2017-08-12 Thread Katherine Maher
 l'année de l'Afrique dans le mouvement
Wikimedia. Dans un an, nous nous rassemblerons pour Wikimania en Afrique du
Sud, pour la deuxième fois en Afrique et la première fois en Afrique
subsaharienne. Ce sera l'occasion d'amener le mouvement global à ce qui est
pour le moment le seul chapitre du continent (mais certainement pas pour
longtemps). Nous visiterons également la Tunisie, pour la première
WikiIndaba en Afrique du Nord. Je suis profondément enthousiaste de ce que
l'année 2018 apportera, et j'attends avec impatience toutes les
réalisations que nous célébrerons ensemble à Wikimania dans un an.

Je vous remercie, communauté africaine, de partager votre voix et vos
expériences. Aujourd'hui, à Wikimania, je m'engage à poursuivre notre
engagement envers la communauté africaine. Le mouvement Wikimedia s'adresse
à tous : lecteurs et éditeurs, militants et archivistes, nouveaux arrivants
et experts, de toutes les régions, cultures et langues. La communauté
africaine est tellement importante pour le mouvement et je suis inspiré par
le travail et les pensées que vous consacrez à façonner notre avenir.

Avec mes sincères salutations et mes remerciements,

Katherine

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Iberocoop/Carta_de_Buenos_Aires

On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 10:56 AM, Felix Nartey <flix...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Katherine,
>
> I hope this email finds you well.
>
> As resolved from the recent Wiki Indaba 2017 in Accra, Ghana please find
> attached the L2K.[1]
>
> This letter consists of the feedback collected from participants on two
> sets of questions (explained further in the letter). The organizers of
> Indaba analysed this data on behalf of the African conference participants.
>
> We would also like to take the opportunity to appreciate Wikimedia
> Foundation support including Asaf Bartov and Kacie Harold from Community
> Engagement, Jack Rabah from the Global Reach Team, and Zack McCune from the
> Communications Team.
>
> See you soon at our next Wiki Indaba in Tunisia.
>
> Best,
>
> - Felix Nartey
>
> [1] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiIndaba_conference_
> 2017/Letter_to_Katherine_(L2K)
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia 2030: Sharing the draft strategic direction / (#24!)

2017-08-07 Thread Katherine Maher
/Talk:Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction#Summary_of_feedback_from_Draft_Committee_Session_.231
)
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction
 This draft is currently being translated.

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[Wikimedia-l] Strategy update - Wikimania schedule, draft direction, brand awareness research, salons and events (#23)

2017-08-04 Thread Katherine Maher
Greetings —

Before I get to sharing the latest updates, I want thank each of you again
for your participation in the strategy process. You have helped us to shape
a draft direction that we hope truly reflects the needs of every community
in our movement. No matter where you plan to be in the world between August
9 and 13, I invite you to join us at Wikimania 2017 in person, by remote
attendance, and by using the #wikimania hashtag on social media.[1]

*Our Wikimania schedule*.[2] We will discuss the many insights we have
gathered through the movement strategy process, share and discuss the draft
direction, and work to further understand the future of the movement.
Please visit this page to see updates on the strategy session schedule.

*The working draft for the strategic direction*.[3] A draft of the
strategic direction for the movement is beginning to emerge on Meta. Like
many of you, we are eager to discuss the draft, so we have been drafting in
public as we go. The language is very early, so if you have feedback,
please focus on the substance! I plan to share a more detailed update about
the direction over the next few days.

*Wikipedia brand awareness, attitudes, and usage research.*[4] What do
people know about Wikipedia as a brand? We commissioned surveys in seven
countries to help inform the future of the movement, and shared a summary
of highlights at the most recent Metrics meeting.[5]

*Salons in New York, Washington DC, and Israel.*[6] [7] [8]  We are
continuing to host discussions with experts and community members around
the world about the needs and goals of the movement. We invite you to read
and discuss materials from our latest events.

*Global Voices meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia.*[9] In collaboration between
the Bolivian Wikimedia working group and Global Voices, 30 representatives
from different indigenous communities gathered to review the inclusion of
indigenous languages and traditions in our projects.

Bien cordialement (French translation: best regards)

And à bientôt for those who will be at Wikimania!

Katherine

[1] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/19/wikimania-montreal-announcement/
[2] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Brand_awareness,_attitudes,_and_usage_research_(July_2017)

[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_metrics_and_activities_meetings/2017-07
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/New_York_City,_NY_strategy_salon_with_media_experts_-_June_20,_2017

[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Washington,_DC,_strategy_salon_with_US_policy_experts_and_leaders_-_June_22,_2017

[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Wikimedia_Israel_Salon_Strategy_Dinner_-_July_17,_2017

[9]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:2017_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_-_Wikimedia_Bolivia-Rising_Voices_expert_meeting

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[Wikimedia-l] August 1: Strategy update - Preparing for Wikimania, the strategic direction, and New voices insights (#22)

2017-08-01 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all  —

Wikimania is coming, but before we get to Montreal, we are publishing many
more insights, reports, guides, and research from our work during cycle 3.
There's lots of good stuff and interesting insights (did you know Spain is
consistently one of the countries with the highest awareness about our
projects and community?), and I encourage you to take a look. Here are a
few new updates:

*New voices synthesis report.*[1] Are you looking to better understand New
Voices projects? Start with this overview report — it summarizes our work
across many teams: insights from research, a summary of 58 expert
interviews, expert convenings hosted by the Foundation and affiliates,
design research findings, briefings on major trends that will impact the
community like misinformation and emerging platforms, further reading, and
(of course!) references.

*July Wikimedia Foundation metrics meeting.*[2] During our July 27 meeting,
we reviewed new research on brand insights about why people do (and do not)
read Wikipedia, research that focuses on high-awareness countries as part
of New Voices initiatives.

*Strategic direction committee update.*[3] We are working to consider what
we have heard from the community and learned from research to identify what
we want to achieve as a movement by 2030. We will share our first draft of
the strategic direction with all of you in advance of Wikimania. We’re
looking forward to your thoughts on the talk page!

*Wikimania movement strategy and events.*[4] Speaking of Wikimania, the
Foundation is preparing 6 sessions related to the strategy process in the
official program. We will also offer you a physical location for engaging
with the strategic direction: the Movement Strategy Space, open from
Thursday through Sunday. The Space will host different working sessions,
discussions, and the chance to re-energize for the coming weeks and months
(we have some special things in store!). The conference organizers are also
preparing a remote attendee plan with live video and content for the
conference overall, so you will be able to participate if you’re not able
to come to Montreal. Please note that online registration ended July 31;
after that you can register on-site starting August 8.[5]

ভালো থাকবেন। (Bengali translation: “Stay well”)

Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[6]

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/New_Voices_Synthesis_report_(July_2017)

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_metrics_and_activities_meetings

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/People/Drafting_Group

[4] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030
[5] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Registration
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/23_June_2017_-_Update_19_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sharing sad news about Bassel

2017-08-01 Thread Katherine Maher
My apologies. The correct address is: http://freebassel.org/

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[Wikimedia-l] Sharing sad news about Bassel

2017-08-01 Thread Katherine Maher
Dear all,

I am very deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of our fellow
community member Bassel Khartabil, also known to some as Bassel Safadi.

Bassel was detained on March 15, 2012 amid arrests on the one-year
anniversary of the Syrian uprising. He had been missing since October 2015,
when he was removed from the Syrian prison where he was being held. His
wife, Noura, confirmed earlier today in a statement on Facebook that he was
executed by the Syrian government shortly after his disappearance.

Bassel was a leader, advocate, and member of so many open culture
communities it is difficult to do them all justice. In addition to his
contributions to Wikimedia, he was project lead and public affiliate for
Creative Commons Syria, a member of the Global Voices community, a free
software advocate and contributor to Mozilla, and much more. The European
Parliament statement on his detention credited him with “opening up the
Internet in Syria and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the
Syrian people."[1] He was known for his boundless enthusiasm and passion,
always encouraging others to share, create, and connect with a better world
around them.

Many of you cared deeply about Bassel, working to raise awareness of his
detention and disappearance. Please know that his friends and family knew
of and appreciated these efforts, both as a voice on his behalf and a
reminder of the values of the communities to which he devoted his time and
attention. I personally am grappling with profound anger and sorrow that
someone so brilliant, humane, and generous should be taken in this way. For
those who did not know Bassel, you can learn more about his life and work
at his article [2], and at https://freebassel.org.

The Wikimedia Foundation will publish a statement soon, and ask for your
support in helping us translate that message to share more broadly. We will
also work to find a way to celebrate Bassel’s life and honor his
contributions at Wikimania next week.

Yours, sadly,

Katherine

[1]
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2013-014046+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
[2] (en) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil; (ar)
https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84_%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%B7%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimédia France

2017-07-26 Thread Katherine Maher
Dear Édouard and our other colleagues at Wikimédia France,

We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Louise Merzeau. While I did
not have a chance to meet her, I understand she was an advocate for the
Commons movement and a leading academic on digital identities and the
relationship between technology and culture. I suspect we would have gotten
along well.

Although she did not get to share her knowledge longer, we are grateful for
the contributions she made. I have no doubt Wikimedia would have benefited
greatly from her continued advocacy.

I recognize with everything that is going on, an event like this can
quickly pass by without enough notice and tribute from all of us. However,
I hope we can pause to recognize that, above all, we are people who have
come together under a shared vision for a better future. The passion and
bond that unites us are much stronger than any disagreements or challenges.
Louise was a part of that vision, and we owe it to her to recognize her
passing.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, please know that she is in our
thoughts and that the community has our condolences.

Katherine

PS. I encourage you to learn more about Mrs. Merzeau and her life from her
article on French Wikipedia:  https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Merzeau
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[Wikimedia-l] July 14: Strategy update - New Voices research, events, and interviews (#21)

2017-07-17 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

For the last few months, we’ve all been talking together - on wiki, and in
person - about our own personal and community hopes and goals for the
Wikimedia projects and movement. But while this has been going on, members
of the strategy team have been doing research into the world outside the
movement.

This month, during Cycle 3, we’re sharing what we’ve learned from outside -
from readers, experts, and partners from our New Voices initiative. Right
now, the focus is on ensuring that the voices that normally aren’t part of
our strategic discussions are present and well-represented, and that those
of us in the movement have the opportunity to see into the future, and
think ahead about the way the world is changing. [1]  One of my recent
updates
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/23_June_2017_-_Update_19_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process>
[2]
provided a summary of the broader context and goals for Cycle 3. Today, I
wanted to share some new resources and materials we’ve published in the
past two weeks, and note that there’s much more to come!

June Wikimedia Foundation Metrics Meeting
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6nIP4VFIi8>. During the meeting, the New
Voices team members provided an overview of initial findings from ongoing
research projects and affiliate-led salons and events. [3]

Considering 2030: Misinformation, verification, and propaganda
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Considering_2030:_Misinformation,_verification,_and_propaganda_(July_2017)>.
The Foundation is working with independent research consultants to
understand the key trends that will affect the future of free knowledge.
This assessment is based on a review of more than one hundred reports,
articles, and studies, and it includes a framework to discuss and monitor
trends in misinformation. [4] Please join the conversation on meta or your
local wiki in the next couple of days. [5]

Discussions with experts on the evolving history of knowledge sharing
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/07/brown-bag-knowledge-sharing/>. We
summarized and published videos and transcripts [6] and outcomes [7] of
three recent brown bag events with experts in social mobilization, emerging
communities, and new readers.

WikiWomenCamp 2017
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/14/wikiwomencamp-inclusivity/>. At the
second WikiWomenCamp in Mexico City, attendees discussed challenges and
opportunities for women participation in the movement (the inaugural event
was held in Argentina in 2002, and we’re thrilled to see its return). There
are some excellent published photos [8] from the event to check out as well
as a summary of the event on our blog [9].

Bene habeas (Latin translation: “May it be well for you”)

Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/Reach

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/23_June_2017_-_Update_19_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6nIP4VFIi8
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Considering_2030:_Misinformation,_verification,_and_propaganda_(July_2017)

[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Participate
[6]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimedia_Foundation_brown_bags_-_strategy_-_knowledge_sharing_-_2017
[7] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/07/brown-bag-knowledge-sharing/
[8] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:WikiWomenCamp_2017
[9] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/14/wikiwomencamp-inclusivity/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan FY2017-2018

2017-07-03 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce that the final version of
our Annual Plan is now available on Meta. [1] The Annual Plan was approved
by the Board of Trustees on June 16th.

This Annual Plan continues to align the Foundation’s work to the strategic
priorities set out in the interim strategic plan for 2016-18: reach,
communities, and knowledge. We have introduced cross-departmental planning
that will drive several large programs this year. We will be continuing to
invest in our core work while investing in our future through the Movement
Strategy work, the contribution to the endowment, and our work on
Wikimedia’s identity and public awareness.

From all of us here at the Foundation, we thank the FDC and everyone who
asked questions and provided feedback on the Annual Plan throughout its
development. This feedback continues to challenge us and push us to improve
our planning, our programs, and the way that we share our work. We have
incorporated some of your feedback directly into the plan, and know that
there are other areas where we can continue to evolve and improve.

In our work, in collaboration, and in the spirit of the mission, we look
forward to the year ahead!

Yours,
Katherine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2017-2018/Final

On Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 7:11 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan is now
> on Meta.[1]
>
> This year we are continuing to adhere to the three strategic priorities
> laid out in the 2016-2018 interim strategic plan: reach, communities, and
> knowledge.
>
> Across the organization, we've introduced cross-departmental programs and
> planning, with a holistic approach to program support that draws on our
> community, technical, and other capacities. We feel that this new approach
> creates stronger and better outcomes for programs, and is also clearer as
> to what the Foundation is prioritizing. Some examples of these
> cross-departmental programs include New Readers, Structured Data, and
> Community Health, which have been discussed on this list and on wiki
> throughout the past year.
>
> Throughout the rest of the organization and department programs, we're
> continuing to invest in the areas we identified through the 2016-2018
> interim strategic plan, as well as core work such as operational
> improvements, deepening diversity and inclusion, improving privacy and
> security, and funding the Wikimedia endowment.
>
> Thank you all for your support over the past year. Your participation in
> the movement strategy process launched this year is deeply appreciated, and
> it is remarkable to think that next year's plan will begin to incorporate
> the directions we design together.
>
> In the meanwhile, I'm looking forward to your feedback on this year's
> proposed plan during this open comment period.
>
> Yours,
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Annual_Plan/2017-2018/Draft
>
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[Wikimedia-l] June 29: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#20)

2017-06-29 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

*Summary: The summary of the Cycle 2 discussions is now online.*

A summary of the Cycle 2 discussions has been posted on Meta-Wiki.[1]
Please review the summaries, they’re really informative![2] In the
meantime, I wanted to highlight some of the things you said during this
most recent cycle:

Australian Community participants said we can only create a trusted source
of knowledge if we are a good community. They also discussed problems
dealing with new users, and more appropriate help in starting editing.[3]

Some participants in the Wikimedia Chile Strategy meetup believed that
without healthy and inclusive communities, content will become “impossible
and irrelevant”.[4] Marco Correa Pérez, Wikimedia Chile President, and the
language liaison for the Spanish community, also spoke about this event
during our monthly metrics and activities meeting earlier today.[5]

Members of the Wikimedians of Korea User Group talked about improving human
translation capabilities, the environment for multimedia uploading,
understanding cultural diversity, and mobile editing.[6]

On the French Wikipedia discussion participants think we should involve
experts to improve the verifiability of content, stop “confronting” humans
against machines. They believe that if we want Wikimedia to be a force in
the broader knowledge ecosystem, Wikimedia must partner with institutional
actors to build legitimacy.[7]

We will be starting Cycle 3 in the next few days. In addition to the
community and organized group discussions, we have hosted conversations
with more than 150 experts and partners or potential partners. We have also
been conducting research in both countries where Wikimedia is well known,
and those regions where we are not.

This final cycle is dedicated to considering the findings from these
conversations with experts and independent research. We want to consider
the challenges and opportunities that have been identified, and how we may
want to evolve in response to changes in the world around us.
These conversations, along the results from cycles 1 and 2, will be used by
the drafting group to write the draft strategic direction, which will be
available for your review in August.

*On a related note*

We are in the middle of a holiday week in the United States, and as a
result some Foundation staff are enjoying time off with family and friends.
Responses may be a bit delayed as a result. I wish everyone enjoying
holidays have a safe, restful, and joyful time away!

Bene habeas (Latin translation: “May it be well for you”)

Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[8]

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/Final_summary
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/Australian_Community
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/Wikimedia_Chile_-_Strategy_meetup_in_Santiago_(June_6,_2017)
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_metrics_and_activities_meetings/2017-06
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/Wikimedians_of_Korea_User_Group
[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/French_Wikipedia
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/29_June_2017_-_Update_20_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikipedia Library User Group

2017-06-29 Thread Katherine Maher
Welcome and congratulations!

On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM, Samuel Klein <meta...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Awesome.
>
> On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 8:26 AM, Tito Dutta <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations on getting the recognition. :)  I wish you all the best.
> >
> > On 29 June 2017 at 17:53, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone!
> > >
> > > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> recognized
> > >  the Wikipedia Library User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.  The
> > > group aims
> > > to combine and multiply collaboration with libraries and librarians,
> from
> > > edit-a-thons hosted at libraries to the Wiki Loves Libraries outreach
> > > campaign and the broader institutional and publisher outreach of the
> > > Wikipedia Library, and to serve as a forum open to all Wikimedia
> > community
> > > members and any librarians interested in working with Wikipedia.
> > >
> > > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> > >
> > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Library_User_Group
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[Wikimedia-l] June 23: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#19)

2017-06-23 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi y'all!

*Summary: Cycle 2 has concluded, and we are sharing a revised plan for
Cycle 3 based on your feedback.*

Thank you to everyone that participated in Cycle 2![1] A quick overview of
participation:
- More than 50 Wikimedia groups, including:
-- Art+Feminism User Group
-- WikiDonne's User Group
-- Wikimedia Ghana User Group
-- Wikimedia Poland
- More than 1,000 individual participants
- Nearly 2,300 statements

In addition to the weekly summaries already available on Meta-Wiki,[2] we
will also be posting a final report in the coming weeks.

Over the past few weeks I’ve heard from many of you with feedback,
concerns, and excitement regarding the movement strategy. Thank you, truly,
to everyone that has reached out to share your thoughts. They have been so
helpful in understanding your perspectives and needs.

Some things I’ve heard:

- Curiosity around how the findings from the different tracks will come
together
- Request from affiliates for more time to engage more deeply in these
topics
- Passionate and divergent ideas from non-editors who support our vision
- A desire to get as many endorsements from around the movement on the
strategic direction as possible

I asked the strategy team for help in responding to this feedback, so we
could improve the process based on what you were telling us. After
discussions with the team and community advisors, we have decided to move
to a more flexible schedule, and change the timeline. This will provide
more time for discussions in your own communities. We also hope you will
use the time to deeply consider the research emerging from the New Voices
track,[3] and incorporate it into the way you are thinking about our future.

Here is the new proposed timeline:

-  July: Complete Cycle 3. Integrate insights from New Voices. Draft the
strategic direction.
-  August: Share the strategic direction. Wikimania! Finalize the direction.
-  September: Sign on! Confirm support from around the movement.

As July approaches, we will share more information about opportunities to
participate in drafting the strategic direction[4] and engage with New
Voices content.[3]

Thank you for your patience as we worked through these improvements, and
again, thank you for the feedback!

*On a related note*

As you have hopefully noticed, Wikimania is a part of the strategy process
and it is coming up soon! (I’m so excited!) A draft program schedule has
been posted[5]. The schedule includes five keynote sessions from great
speakers such as Esra'a Al Shafei [6] and Evan Prodromou,[7] more than 100
community-submitted talks, and two days of hackathon and pre-conference
activities. Early bird pricing for registration ends on July 10 and the
deadline for booking accommodations in the hotel is June 30, so if you have
not done so already - please register today![8]

Bene habeas (Latin translation: “May it be well for you”)
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[9]

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/Reach
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Participate
[5] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programme
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esra%27a_Al-Shafei
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evan_Prodromou
[8] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Registration
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/23_June_2017_-_Update_19_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC results

2017-06-22 Thread Katherine Maher
Thank you Dariusz!

Congratulations to our new FDC members, and many thanks to those who are
concluding their term of service. Also my deep appreciation to all
candidates - your participation in the process, and willingness to take on
this important work - is wonderful and necessary.

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 2:19 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Somehow the results of the FDC elections have not been yet announced here
> on the list. The certified outcome of the elections can be found here:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> elections/2017/Results
>
> Congratulations to:
>
> FDC members
>
>- Michał Buczyński – User:Aegis Maelstrom
><https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Aegis_Maelstrom>
>- Lorenzo Losa – User:Laurentius
><https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Laurentius>
>- Liam Wyatt – User:Wittylama
><https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Wittylama>
>- Osmar Valdebenito – User:B1mbo
><https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:B1mbo>
>- Katherine Bavage – User:Leela0808
><https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Leela0808>
>
> FDC Ombudsperson
>
>- Kirill Lokshin – User:Kirill Lokshin
><https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kirill_Lokshin>
>
>
> On being elected. Many thanks to all candidates, putting yourself forward
> in elections requires courage, and is a great service to our community
> irrespective of the result.
>
> Best,
>
> Dariusz
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[Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#18)

2017-05-25 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

*Summary: Some examples of topics in Cycle 2 discussions; some reflections
after my first year.*

Modifications to the five themes have been posted on Meta-Wiki, based on
community feedback. These changes helped make the themes easier to
understand and translate. [1] Once again, we appreciate everyone's input on
how to help our global audience engage more effectively in the Cycle 2
discussions. The discussions continue to emerge in new places like Facebook
and among more groups like Wiki in Education and WikiProject Medicine.[2]

*Here are a few examples of what we are hearing in discussions:[3]*

*"We need to establish a way to ensure that all the articles cited do
indeed fairly reflect the scientific consensus as well as the relevant
scientific controversies."
Hebrew Wikipedia village pump[4]

*"Become the most respected source of broad-based knowledge suited for the
general public."
Wikidata discussion[5]

* "International, multilingual nature of Wikimedia project is an asset that
may help to overcome current separatist tendencies in the world, by
bringing knowledge to more people, so they can better understand others and
the world."
Polish Wikipedia[6]

Have a reaction to some of those thoughts? Have opinions and ideas of your
own that you want to contribute? Discussions will continue until June
12,[2] and you can also take the private survey.[7]

*On a related note*

Earlier today, the Wikimedia Foundation held its monthly public metrics and
activities meeting, and I had a chance to reflect on my first year in this
role.[8] I focused mainly on changes in the Wikimedia Foundation. The work
of the community is much broader, and would have been hard to describe in
ten minutes!

I am incredibly proud of how far we have come and very excited about the
opportunities before us. Thank you your support over this past year and for
your ongoing engagement in our discussions about future of our movement!

胸がいっぱいになりました。 (Japanese translation: “I am filled with gratitude.”)
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[9]

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Participate
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:2017_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_Cycle_2_sources
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources_Cycle_2/Hebrew_Wikipedia_village_pump
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/Wikidata
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Cycle_2/Polish_Wikipedia
[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/Survey
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_metrics_and_activities_meetings/2017-05
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/18_May_2017_-_Update_17_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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[Wikimedia-l] May 18: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#17)

2017-05-18 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

*Summary: Cycle 2 discussions continue! Lisa Seitz-Gruwell joined the core
team as coach. *

Cycle 2 discussions are actively underway on Meta-Wiki,[1] on more than a
dozen local wikis, on other channels such as WhatsApp and Telegram, and in
offline locations around the world.[2]

These discussions are focused on the 5 top themes:

* Healthy, inclusive communities [3]
* The augmented age [4]
* A truly global movement [5]
* The most respected source of knowledge [6]
* Engaging in the knowledge ecosystem [7]

We have begun posting the first insights from the conversations we are
having with outside experts and partners. They are available on the
strategy portal on Meta-Wiki so that people can discuss how these insights
might impact the themes being discussed.[8]

We’ve received very helpful feedback from members of the community on
translating and framing these themes so they make more sense to more
people. As such, we are working on some slight wording changes to help make
each theme description easier to understand and translate across languages.
Those changes will be on Meta-Wiki within the week.[1]

Of course, you can find more information about each of these themes, their
discussions, and how to participate on the movement strategy portal on
Meta-Wiki.[2]

The movement strategy process continues to grow and gain momentum! This is
all thanks to your participation. To help with internal coordination of
this growing process, I have asked our capable and talented Chief
Advancement Officer, Lisa Seitz-Gruwell, to join the core team as a coach
for the team and working groups. She’ll be helping make sure people have
the information and support they need so they can focus on getting great
work done. I appreciate Lisa's willingness to join the effort as we
continue to scale up, in response to your participation!

*In other (election) news...*

I want to say thank you to the more than 5,000 community members who
participated in this year's community selection process for the Wikimedia
Foundation's Board of Trustees![9]

As we await the results, please remember that you can still consider
candidacy for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) or FDC Ombudsperson.
There are five open seats on the FDC, plus the Ombudsperson position - and
we would especially like to encourage candidates from communities,
languages, and geographies that are not currently represented! [10]

Remember, even if you are not interested in running for the FDC, you can
still ask questions of the candidates. [10]

Kwaheri! (Swahili translation: “Goodbye!”)

Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[11]

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Participate
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/Healthy,_Inclusive_Communities
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/The_Augmented_Age
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/A_Truly_Global_Movement
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/The_Most_Respected_Source_of_Knowledge
[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/Engaging_in_the_Knowledge_Ecosystem
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2/Reach/Conversation_notes
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees
[10]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Funds_Dissemination_Committee
[11]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/18_May_2017_-_Update_17_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] May 12: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#16)

2017-05-12 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi Pine,

I think these are great questions for the discussions on Meta! I say that
sincerely, and with the intent of making sure that the questions, and any
responses, are captured in the next cycle.

May I urge you to repost them here:  https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_2?

Katherine



On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 2:32 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Katherine,
>
> Thanks for sharing this update.
>
> I have two general questions, not directed at anyone in particular, but
> perhaps you or someone from the strategy leadership could comment.
>
> 1. The five themes articulate grand visions, but I wonder how realistic it
> is that progress toward these visions could be provided with the necessary
> resources.
>
> For example, there have been many initiatives on growing communities over
> the years, and it's unclear to me if any of these initiatives have led to
> significant and sustained increases in content contributors (who are human
> resources).
>
> Changing focus to financial resources, I think that there is significant
> room for improvement in the design and speed of our interfaces but
> financial resources for design, engineering, and research paid staff have
> been insufficient to close the gap between Wikipedia and other online
> destinations such as Facebook and Google. My impression is that Wikipedia
> is 10 to 15 years behind Facebook and Google in terms of our ease of use.
>
> My question is, how could we dramatically expand our human and financial
> resources so that we could have a realistic hope of achieving the goals
> articulated in the strategy themes?
>
> 2. It seems to me that the Wikimedia universe has always had some tension
> between priorities, such as privacy and transparency. I see similar tension
> in these themes between the goal of having "projects flourish from the
> healthy community we cultivate together" and the goal of "upholding our
> standards for verifiable, neutral and comprehensive knowledge." The
> verifiability and neutrality of content are frequently in dispute, and it
> seems likely to me that this will always be the case. I am wondering how we
> reconcile our goals of verifiable and neutral information, supporting the
> value of freedom of expression, and cultivating healthy communities. I've
> struggled with these questions myself and I don't think that there are
> definitive answers, but perhaps someone involved in the strategy process
> could talk about how to address situations where strategy goals are in
> tension with each other.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Pine
>
>
> On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > *Summary: Cycle 2 discussions have started on Meta-Wiki and a wiki near
> > you![1]*
> >
> > The core team and working groups have completed reviewing the more than
> > 1800 thematic statements we received from the first discussion. They have
> > identified 5 themes that were consistent across all the conversations -
> > each with their own set of sub-themes.[1] To be clear, these are not the
> > final themes! They are just an initial working draft of the core
> concepts.
> > There are more conversations yet to come.
> >
> > Starting this week, you are invited to join the online and offline
> > discussions taking place on these 5 themes. This round of discussions
> will
> > take place between now and June 12th.[2] You can discuss as many as you
> > like; we ask you to participate in the ones that are most (or least)
> > important to you.
> >
> > For each theme, we are asking five questions. These questions are
> intended
> > to help us understand the impact of these potential themes and the
> > tradeoffs we will have to make. To succeed in any strategic venture, we
> > must not only declare what we will do, but also what we will not! If you
> > have research and other citable data related to your opinions, please
> > include them! Finally, we ask that you participate in an honest and
> > respectful manner.
> >
> > Each theme has a page on Meta-WIki with more information about the theme
> > and how to participate in that theme's discussion. Here are the five
> major
> > themes, and their brief descriptions:
> >
> > *== Healthy, inclusive communities == [3]*
> > By 2030, the Wikimedia volunteer culture will be fun, rewarding, and
> > inclusive for both existing contributors and newcomers. We will welcome
> new
> > volunteers to our movement and mentor them to ensure that they have a
> great
> > experience and continue to engage in the projects. People

[Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#14)

2017-04-28 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

*Summary: The first cycle of strategy conversations has concluded, and
the second cycle will begin by May 5. Thanks!*

Thank you(!) to everyone that took the time to contribute your answer to
this question: "What do we want to build or achieve together over the next
15 years?"

Over the past month, we have collected more than 1,800 statements in more
than 20 languages from dozens of discussions across the movement.[1] This
includes the previously promised report from Wikimedia Conference, which
Wikimedia Deutschland has completed and published on Meta-Wiki.[2] I am
thrilled by reports from around the movement about groups coming together,
sometimes for the first time ever, to discuss our future. For example, we
heard this from our friends in Wikimedia Indonesia, "Thank you for
arranging these wonderful experiences, allowing us to get in touch with
several Wikipedians that we haven't met before, too."

The extended strategy team is compiling those statements and clustering the
common themes we will discuss in the next cycle of our conversation. We
have actually moved the start of cycle 2 from April 25th to allow more time
to go over everything and now plan to start it by May 5th.

Our efforts to collect feedback from partners and experts around the world
are on track! In fact, I was in Brussels this week, and had a dinner with
EU and internet policy experts who shared their ideas for our future. We
were able to organize this dinner thanks to help from community members
involved in the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU[3] and Wikimedia Belgium.
This meeting with people from around the European Union was an opportunity
to discuss the impact of Internet policy on the future of the free
knowledge and Wikimedia movements.

The feedback collected at events like these will be shared for us to
consider and integrate into future discussions around our movement
strategy. If you’re interested in interviewing potential partners yourself,
or organizing similar small-group discussions with experts, we encourage
it! The Foundation may be able to provide financial support for such
efforts. Please contact us on Meta-Wiki if you are interested.[4]

We have a lot of preparation work to do before the next discussion cycle,
so that’s all for now!

But while I have you, I want to remind people that this is the last week to
provide input on the annual plan grants submitted to the Funds
Dissemination Committee, including next year's annual plan for the
Wikimedia Foundation. Your input is helpful not only to the Funds
Dissemination Committee, but also the organizations who submitted plans.
Please consider taking a look and providing constructive feedback if you
have time before the April 30 deadline.[5]

À plus (French translation: “Until later”),
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[6]

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Documentation/Movement_Strategy_track
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/28_April_2017_-_Update_14_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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[Wikimedia-l] General Counsel: Welcome Eileen Hershenov

2017-04-26 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

I am writing to share some news about the leadership of our Legal
department at the Wikimedia Foundation. Over the last eight months, we’ve
worked to identify a permanent General Counsel for the Wikimedia
Foundation. I am delighted to share that we have found a new General
Counsel, Eileen Hershenov.  I am sad to say that our respected colleague
and friend Michelle Paulson has decided this is a good time to move on to
something new.

*Michelle moving on*

Michelle Paulson, who has been serving as interim General Counsel, has
decided that after nine years it is time to move on from the Wikimedia
Foundation. Michelle has made her mark here: she served as interim General
Counsel twice; created our legal fellowship program, pushed to make key
policies more user-friendly and aligned with our core values; protected the
office, organization, and volunteers from threats; helped built a new
Foundation public policy program; vigorously and passionately defended the
privacy and security of our users; advocated for truly inclusive policies
and recruiting practices; and acted as a steadfast voice and advocate for
the values which make our movement possible.

Michelle’s brilliance, humor, professionalism, and determination have
fundamentally shaped our organization and movement. We will miss her
immensely, and I look forward to seeing what she will achieve in the name
of justice, equity, openness, and opportunity.

*Eileen Hershenov joining our movement*

Today I would like to introduce you to Eileen Hershenov, who will join us
as General Counsel on May 8th.

Eileen has nearly 30 years of experience in media and intellectual property
law, as well as in civil rights and civil liberties law, not-for-profit law
and governance, and privacy and cyber-security. She is passionately
committed to values that make our movement possible: free expression,
access to knowledge, freedom of association and an internet that embodies
the open-source movement and that resists censorship and surveillance.
Throughout her career, she has applied these values to her work with a
unique focus on grassroots organizing and advocacy.

Previously, Eileen served as Vice President and General Counsel for
Consumers Union, the not-for-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine
and ConsumerReports.org, for 10 years. In that role, she worked with tens
of thousands of volunteers in the organization’s advocacy programs. Before
Consumer Reports she spent 11 years at the Open Society Foundations, where
she served as the General Counsel to the global foundation network,
overseeing the legal work of the foundations in close to 40 countries
across the globe.

Eileen was also the founding general counsel for the Central European
University,[1] the first U.S.-accredited liberal arts university located in
a former Communist country. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties
Union and the NOW Legal Defense Fund. Most recently, she has been working
at Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP, a media law firm, and serving on the
boards of a number of public interest justice organizations.

*Next steps*

Eileen is based in New York City, and will relocate to San Francisco with
her family this summer. Until then, she will be commuting to the office
starting in May to begin work with the Legal team.

Transitions can feel uncertain, but I know that this movement is one that
is welcoming and appreciative of what new colleagues bring to our efforts.
We had hoped Michelle would stay with us as Deputy General Counsel, but
after nine years I think we all can appreciate the desire for a wikibreak
(and rumors of a new puppy!). In the meantime, Eileen and Michelle are
working together to ensure that we have a smooth transition and no balls
get dropped. I am so grateful to Michelle for her generosity of time,
attention, and care in working to make sure this transition supports the
Legal team, the Foundation, and the movement.

We will publish a formal public announcement closer to Eileen’s first day.
Until then, please join me in welcoming Eileen and thanking Michelle for
her years of commitment to our movement.

Yours,
Katherine

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[Wikimedia-l] April 12: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#13)

2017-04-12 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

*Summary: The first cycle of strategy conversations is ending soon.* We
hope you will contribute your answer to this question: "What do we want to
build or achieve together over the next 15 years?" -
https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10152617

This phase has been an opportunity to come up with new ideas. The next
phase is about refining these ideas to reach some consensus on the most
important ones. This means that there will still be opportunities to
contribute in the future! It also means that the focus of the conversation
will change. If you are interested in generating creative new ideas about
the future of our projects, *now is the time to share your thoughts!*

Participating is easy. Check out the participation page on Meta-Wiki's
movement strategy portal for more information. Find online discussions,
local meetups, and a survey here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10152617

One note: In consideration of the Passover and Easter holidays people
around the world are recognizing this week and weekend, we have moved the
closing day for this discussion cycle to the end of April 18 (23:59
UTC).[1]  That means you have a few additional days to share your ideas -
big and small - for Wikimedia's future.

Once this discussion cycle ends next week, we will be gathering common
topics from across all the global discussions and posting them on
Meta-Wiki. That includes conversations from the wikis, meetups with
experts, discussions from affiliates, and anywhere else we have
documented.[2]

The next phase of the discussion will begin by May 1. We’ll be working
together to prioritize the thematic statements. More information on that
cycle is available on Meta-Wiki,[3] and we’ll share more when that cycle
gets started.

I have already seen and heard some fantastic ideas from our first
discussion cycle these past few weeks. I look forward to seeing what ideas
emerge in the final days of this cycle!

Un cordial saludo (Spanish translation: “Best regards”),
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[4]

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Participate
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/7_April_2017_-_Update_12_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan FY2017-2018

2017-04-07 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan is now
on Meta.[1]

This year we are continuing to adhere to the three strategic priorities
laid out in the 2016-2018 interim strategic plan: reach, communities, and
knowledge.

Across the organization, we've introduced cross-departmental programs and
planning, with a holistic approach to program support that draws on our
community, technical, and other capacities. We feel that this new approach
creates stronger and better outcomes for programs, and is also clearer as
to what the Foundation is prioritizing. Some examples of these
cross-departmental programs include New Readers, Structured Data, and
Community Health, which have been discussed on this list and on wiki
throughout the past year.

Throughout the rest of the organization and department programs, we're
continuing to invest in the areas we identified through the 2016-2018
interim strategic plan, as well as core work such as operational
improvements, deepening diversity and inclusion, improving privacy and
security, and funding the Wikimedia endowment.

Thank you all for your support over the past year. Your participation in
the movement strategy process launched this year is deeply appreciated, and
it is remarkable to think that next year's plan will begin to incorporate
the directions we design together.

In the meanwhile, I'm looking forward to your feedback on this year's
proposed plan during this open comment period.

Yours,
Katherine

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_
Plan/2017-2018/Draft

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[Wikimedia-l] April 7: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#12)

2017-04-07 Thread Katherine Maher
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Updates regarding the Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

2017-04-04 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations all! Thank you for serving in this important role for our
movement.


On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 09:21 Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
ktsouroupi...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Congrats to both!!
>
>  :)
>
> K.
>
> On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 5:42 PM, Moheen Reeyad <moheenree...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations!
> >
> > --
> > *Moheen Reeyad*
> > Global user of all WMF <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation
> > >'s
> > wikis
> > Executive Member, Wikimedia Bangladesh
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Bangladesh>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of new Affiliations Committee advisors

2017-04-04 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations to our new advisors. We are lucky to have your
participation!

On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 09:20 Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
ktsouroupi...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Great news! Congrats to all three new advisors.
>
> K.
>
> On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 7:58 AM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Awesome! Congratulations :)
> >
> > Le 3 avr. 2017 11:10 PM, "Pierre-Selim" <pierre-se...@huard.info> a
> écrit
> > :
> >
> > > \o/ quite happy to see people with such experience joining the affcom
> as
> > > advisors.
> > >
> > > 2017-04-03 22:56 GMT+02:00 Tito Dutta <trulyt...@gmail.com>:
> > >
> > > > Welcome, Anasuya di, Patricio, and Ting and all the best. :)
> > > >
> > > > On 4 April 2017 at 01:57, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hi everyone,
> > > > >
> > > > > I'm very pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> > > > appointed
> > > > > three new advisors for the coming year: Anasuya Sengupta, Patricio
> > > > Lorente,
> > > > > and Ting Chen.  As non-voting advisors, Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting
> > > will
> > > > > lend their unique experience and insight to the committee as we
> > support
> > > > the
> > > > > ongoing movement strategy process and the continuing evolution of
> the
> > > > > Wikimedia affiliate ecosystem.
> > > > >
> > > > > Please join me in welcoming Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting to their
> new
> > > > roles!
> > > > >
> > > > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > > > Chair, Affiliations Committee
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[Wikimedia-l] March 20: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#11)

2017-03-20 Thread Katherine Maher
proposal with Lutman & Associates is in
   approval cycles. Foundational research collected from this proposal will be
   posted on-wiki.[11]
   - A contract for online survey research is still being negotiated.
   - The Track Leads have begun interviewing project assistant
   candidates.[12]
   - A dinner is being coordinated with Wikimedia Deutschland for Track C
   participants while the facilitators are already in Berlin later this month
   for Wikimedia Conference.
   - The Core Team discussed with Nicole and Juliet participation and
   outreach to potential Track C & D participants at the upcoming Creative
   Commons Summit. The group is waiting to hear back from Creative Commons
   about a potential session on Wikimedia Strategy.
   - Track Leads and Core Team continued outreach to our network for
   recommendations on experts to consult.
   - Adele worked with Karen Brown and Jake Orlowitz on posting the process
   page for Track D on Meta-Wiki.[13]
   - Adele is working on posting a version of the contact list to Meta-Wiki
   with a form to collect suggestions from local communities.
   - Adele’s team is securing interviews with various experts and partners
   in Mexico, Nigeria, and India starting this week. Suzie is finalizing the
   interview guide by Monday.

*Next steps*

   - Finalize and post all remaining materials to the strategy movement
   portal on Meta-Wiki, including strategic direction definitions and examples
   to help facilitate discussion.
   - Continue building out list of experts and developing expert interview
   guide for Tracks C & D.
   - Continue to simplify the user experience and materials to make it
   easier to participate in the discussions and to volunteer as a Discussion
   Coordinator.


As always, thanks for reading through!

Cheers,
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[14]

[1] http://williamsworks.com/team/sara-johnson/
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Cycle_1
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/Cycle_1_Discussions_Launch
[4]
https://docs.google.com/a/wikimedia.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyzOcB9FmgWWrenoe0RnCyXo6F9YZyustrmsrD0g0zTRr2Cg/viewform
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Program_Design_Process/Movement_Strategy
[6] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GuidedTour
[7]
https://docs.google.com/a/wikimedia.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFicSjHz0HVlUrzt92rQsNzNr474Z8bJ8JFPGC1Q1YrSq6jQ/viewform
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Briefing
[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Strategy_Graphic.pdf
[11]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Sources/Miscellaneous#Product_trends
[12] https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/622379
[13]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Track_D/Process
[14]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/20_March_2017_-_Update_11_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process


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[Wikimedia-l] March 10: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#10)

2017-03-10 Thread Katherine Maher
_anniversary#Traditional_and_modern_anniversary_gifts
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta%27zieh
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
[4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2030.wikimedia.org.webm
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Toolkit
[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Track_A/Advisory_Group

[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Briefing#What_is_a_movement.3F
[8] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-March/086878.html
[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Track_B/Outreach
[10]
https://docs.google.com/a/wikimedia.de/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyzOcB9FmgWWrenoe0RnCyXo6F9YZyustrmsrD0g0zTRr2Cg/viewform
[11]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Track_C/Process

[12]
https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/622379?gh_src=af8duk1#.WMMNGhIrK8V

[13] https://reboot.org
[14]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/10_March_2017_-_Update_10_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcoming 19 long-time Wikimedians as Coordinators for Movement strategy

2017-03-09 Thread Katherine Maher
Welcome all! I am so grateful for your participation and perspective as we
begin this work.

On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 00:46 Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Welcom to all the 19 Wikimedians! I see, most of the names are familiar to
> me. Thank you all for your dedication for the movement.
>
>
> Regards,
> Tanweer
>
>
> Regards,
> Tanweer
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM, Guillaume Paumier <
> gpaum...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > As most of you are aware, the Wikimedia movement has embarked on an
> > ambitious initiative to discuss our collective future and determine a
> > movement-wide strategic direction. [1]
> >
> > The movement is composed of people in many different roles, notably
> > individual contributors who may not be affiliated with any organized
> > group. It can be challenging to reach individual contributors and
> > involve them in strategy discussions, since they may not monitor the
> > usual communication channels, and they may not think that strategy
> > discussions are relevant to them.
> >
> > For this year’s movement strategy process, the Wikimedia Foundation
> > has decided to hire 19 part-time discussion coordinators to better
> > bridge the gap between the strategy discussions and local communities
> > of contributors.
> >
> > Today, I am thrilled to announce that we have concluded the search and
> > assembled a stellar team of 19 long-time Wikimedians, who have agreed
> > to join the movement strategy efforts in this capacity.
> >
> > As you go through the team’s page on Meta-Wiki, you will see many
> > familiar names. [2] The team is composed of Abbad, Bohdan, Chico,
> > Gereon, Jonatan, Ran, Marco, Nahid, Niccolò, Tomasz, Robin, Samuel,
> > Satdeep, Szymon, Oleg, Takashi, Todd, Tuan, and Venus. Because of the
> > team’s geographic distribution, Jan Eissfeldt, from the Foundation’s
> > Support and Safety team, has agreed to help lead the day-to-day
> > activities of the group of Asian language coordinators.
> >
> > All the coordinators started on Monday for a 3-month contract, and
> > they have already been hard at work, translating materials on Meta and
> > organizing the outreach to their local communities. [3] Some will
> > focus their efforts on specific language communities [4], and others
> > will support an array of smaller communities.
> >
> > If you are interested in working with the coordinators to bridge the
> > gap with your local communities, I invite you to take a look at the
> > description of the coordinator role, and sign up using the form on
> > that page. [5] You can also contact them directly via their talk page.
> >
> > I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who was involved in
> > this ultra-fast hiring process, most notably the Foundation’s Talent &
> > Culture team, who handled the recruiting and administrative onboarding
> > masterfully, and the Community Engagement department, who reached out
> > to their contacts, thoroughly reviewed applications, and made this
> > ambitious wave of recruiting ridiculously easy for me.
> >
> > Please join me in welcoming Venus, Tuan, Todd, Takashi, Oleg, Szymon,
> > Satdeep, Samuel, Robin, Tomasz, Niccolò, Nahid, Marco, Ran, Jonatan,
> > Gereon, Chico, Bohdan, and Abbad in their new role.
> >
> >
> > Guillaume Paumier
> >
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
> >
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> > movement/2017/People/Strategy_coordinators
> >
> > [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> > movement/2017/Track_B/Outreach/Map
> >
> > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Strategy/Wikimedia_
> > movement/2017#Language_list_in_development
> >
> > [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> > movement/2017/Toolkit/Discussion_Coordinator_Role
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] March 2: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#9)

2017-03-06 Thread Katherine Maher
Rogol,

They are a vendor we have used in the past to conduct focus groups and run
surveys for the annual fundraiser in the five largest English speaking
countries. We were satisfied with the quality of their work in the past, so
we contacted them again to discuss whether they had appropriate expertise
for this instance.

I do not have particular insight as to how we came to work with them in the
first place a few years ago. As with many vendors we work with, I expect it
was a combination of research, referral, and/or past successful working
relationship.



On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 14:11 Rogol Domedonfors <domedonf...@gmail.com>
wrote:

Katherine

At some point it would be interesting to learn how the external consultants
were selected.  I note, for example, that Lake Associates describes itself
as working "side by side with our clients on developing communications and
paid media, targeting supporters, and honing the messages that win
persuadable voters" and Celinda Lake as "one of the Democratic Party's
leading political strategists".  On what grounds was this company selected
to work on "proposed market research and recommendations on firms or
contractors (including Lake) who could conduct desk and/or generative
research", which seems very far from their self-proclaimed field of
expertise?

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[Wikimedia-l] March 2: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#9)

2017-03-03 Thread Katherine Maher
lize content for Meta-Wiki and local project wikis to help
  promote discussions.
   - Finalize Tracks C & D budget and identify research firms/consultants.
   - Build out list of experts and develop expert interview guide for
   Tracks C & D.

Thanks for reading through, and happy weekend!

Cheers,
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[4]

[0] http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.NET.USER.P2
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Toolkit
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Framing
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Program_Design_Process/Movement_Strategy
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/2_March_2017_-_Update_9_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process
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[Wikimedia-l] February 24: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#8)

2017-02-24 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

Apologies for getting this out on a Friday, when so many of you are already
enjoying your weekends.

This week we hosted staff members from around the Foundation here in San
Francisco for annual planning preparations. As a result, we have a slightly
shorter update this week, but with some very exciting news: we’ve finalized
the selection of the audience track leads! We also hosted the monthly WMF
Metrics meeting - you can watch the update on strategy starting at 33:29
(video set to play at that time): https://youtu.be/-blWUhkm8g4?t=2009

Aa always, please read on for more details.

*Feedback requested*
There are two items in particular on Meta-Wiki ready for your feedback:

   - Updated processes and timelines for Tracks A & B:
  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10152629
   - A briefing document for informed discussions:
  - https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10184031


*Track A (Organized groups) and Track B (Individual contributors)*

   - Starting on March 1, Nicole Ebber will be the Lead for Track A. Having
   Nicole join the strategy team as track lead is made possible through an
   agreement between Wikimedia Deutschland and the Wikimedia Foundation. We’re
   grateful WMDE has agreed to loan Nicole to the movement until the end of
   the year.
   - This means the Track A & B leads are:
 - Track A: Nicole Ebber, Wikimedia Deutschland's Adviser on
 International Relations
 - Track B: Jaime Anstee, Wikimedia Foundation's Senior Strategist,
 Manager, working closely with Maggie Dennis, Wikimedia
Foundation's Interim
 Chief of Community Engagement
  - We shared the fourth, and near final, prototype for tracks A & B on
   Meta-Wiki.[1]
   - The Core Team has been working with experts in and outside the
   Wikimedia Foundation to further develop content for a universal briefing
   document.[2] The brief provides everyone a baseline of essential movement,
   demographic, and other information to support informed movement strategy
   discussions.
   - The Core Team is working on a toolkit for coordinating community
   discussions. A draft should be posted to Meta-Wiki by early next week.
   - Nicole and the Core Team worked on Track A organizational structure
   and a workflow for coordinating community discussions.
   - We are in the final stages of reviewing applications for movement
   strategy coordinators working in up to 1818 different languages.[3] We
   expect to have a strong team in place to help us really reach across the
   movement.

*Track C (Partners and readers in high-reach markets) and Track D (Partners
and readers in low reach markets)*

   - Our Track C & D Leads are:
   - Track C: Juliet Barbara, Wikimedia Foundation's Communications
  Director, working closely with Caitlin Virtue, Director of Development
  - Track D: Adele Vrana, Wikimedia Foundation's Director of Strategic
  Partnerships, Global Reach
   - We reviewed an initial draft of the Track C proposal, including a plan
   for research and expert convenings in high-reach markets. Juliet and
   Caitlin plan to post the proposal on Meta next week for input.
   - For Track C, Adele has been working with the strategy team together to
   identify potential market research firms and consumer research firms for
   Indonesia, Egypt, and Brazil. We plan to post the Track D proposal on Meta
   next week for input.

*Next steps*

   - Final preparations for soft launch of Track A, including emails
   inviting people to host discussions (ideally before the Wikimedia
   Conference in Berlin in late March).
   - Nicole will be convening an advisory council with members from
   different regions, genders, languages, projects, and types and sizes of
   affiliates and groups to help ensure participation and perspective from
   groups that are often underrepresented.
   - Finalize Track C plan and budget for posting on Meta.
   - Build interview guide for Track D (will also be shared with Track C)
   to help facilitate discussions with outside experts.
   - Prototype the process and flow for tracking data we collect during the
   strategy and evaluation process.

This is moving closer to being real - I can't wait to launch the
conversation!

Happy weekend,
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[4]

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Design
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Framing
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/People#Strategy_Coordinators
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/24_February_2017_-_Update_8_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process


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[Wikimedia-l] February 16: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#7)

2017-02-16 Thread Katherine Maher
oles, and
   process for selecting in-country research firms in low-reach markets. Based
   on these discussions, a draft request for proposal was developed and posted
   on Meta-Wiki.[7]
   - They reviewed 2016 research conducted in Nigeria and India as a part
  of the New Readers program[8].
   - Adele and Guillaume met about sharing and structuring Track D
   processes and content on Meta-Wiki, and have started to post initial
   content and structure on the Meta-Wiki strategy portal.[9]
   - The Track C and D leads also met to discuss coordination between the
   two tracks and areas of potential collaboration.

*Next steps*

   - Final feedback on Track A materials. Includes:
   - Finalize the process based on feedback collected on-wiki. Share drafts
  of toolkits and related materials for facilitating discussions, get
  feedback.
  - Finalize selection and onboarding of Track A lead.
   - Explore the potential for a track C/D salon at the Mobile World
   Congress in Barcelona.
   - Build expert interview guide for Track D (will also be shared with
   Track C).
   - Recruit research firms with requests for proposals developed this past
   week.[7]
   - Provide an update to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees at
   their upcoming meeting (2/24).

Also: you may have received a summary of these updates in another mailing
list. Thanks for being patient with the cross-posting! We’re trying to get
the word out, because we want this strategy effort to be truly
movement-wide, across languages, communities, projects, and contributors.

As part of this, I want to say a special thank you to everyone that has
helped translate these updates and other information on the strategy
process![10] Your work is critical to helping us be a truly global
movement.

That was a long note, thanks for reading! See you again next week - same
day, same mailing list(s).

Cheers,
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[11]

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Design
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Briefing
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Premises
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Program_Design_Process/Movement_Strategy
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon_(gathering)
[6] http://accelerategood.org
[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Track_D/Process/RFP
[8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers
[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Track_D
[10]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Participate/Translation
[11]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/16_February_2017_-_Update_7_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes at WMF

2017-02-13 Thread Katherine Maher
Wes,

Thank you for everything. We are going to certainly miss you!

For those who have been here a shorter length of time, or don’t know Wes as
well, I want to take a moment to recognize his contributions.

Wes joined us in April 2015 as the leader of the newly-created Discovery
team, entering into a department that had gone through a difficult
reorganization. This team was tasked with the knowledge engine project,
which was not well understood through the organization. Wes worked
tirelessly to unpack the confusion, putting ideas into wikis and slides,
providing roadmaps, milestones and timelines. He and the team communicated
clearly and consistently about how their work would benefit our readers and
communities, building trust and confidence. He encouraged a focus on user
needs in his team, and throughout the product organization. Wes looked
after his team throughout - I know I wished I could have joined them on
their off-site at NASA’s launch center Cape Canaveral, where they went to
witness what human discovery looks like at its outer limits.

In October 2015, Wes took on leadership of the broader product
organization, stepping into the role of VP of Product. He joined us at the
c-team, offering steady perspective and strong advocacy for the needs of
the department. In November of 2015, his responsibilities grew even
greater, taking on the role of interim CTO and leadership for the entire
Technology department. Wes took this all in with grace and equanimity,
working long hours to ensure that he could be available to those who needed
him across these two large and essential teams.

Throughout, Wes was entirely clear about his goals and aspirations: he
believed in the mission, he would do anything he could to ensure that his
team and colleagues had the support they needed to succeed, and he would
work with anyone he needed to in order to make that happen. He played a
critical role in ensuring our directors in Technology were empowered to
lead the search for Victoria, our fantastic new CTO, and he was the lead
person in our partnership with Wikimedia Deutschland in making a long-term
commitment to Wikidata.

Wes, I am so grateful for your generosity, perseverance, and leadership.
You came into the organization at a challenging time, you took on one
difficult role after another, and you did it all with good faith and great
kindness. You’ve earned the friendship of many across the organization, and
we will certainly feel your absence.

*Next Steps*

When Wes let me know he was going to be leaving us, he also let me know
that he felt his departure was an opportunity to consider how we evolve the
Product organization for the future. We’ll be having a conversation in the
Foundation about how we might do this. At the end, we’ll hope to have a
perspective on what is going well and should stay the same, what capacity
we need and don’t have, and where things should move around to make more
sense (the recent creation of the WMCS team is a great example of how this
could work.) In practical terms, we’re not rushing this. Teams are busy
with annual planning, and there’s no need for haste. I’m just mentioning it
here so it doesn’t surprise anyone.

As Wes mentioned, Toby Negrin has generously agreed to take over as interim
head of the Product organization beginning on February 28. In this acting
role, Toby will oversee the Product department as we work to develop the
2017-2018 annual plan, and bring the efforts of our 2016-17 plan to a
close. He will also continue, for the time being, to oversee the Reading
and Community Tech teams. He’ll work closely with Anna, Victoria, and
myself in consulting with the organization about our future needs.

Toby joined the Foundation three and a half years ago as head of the
Analytics team. In 2015, he assumed the role of head of Reading and
Community Tech and has since led his department with a commitment to the
needs our readers and the community. Please join me in thanking Toby for
taking on this additional responsibility and important role.

Wes, thank you again. We will miss you, so please remember that the wikis
are always open, and you are always welcome back!

Yours,
Katherine

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 9:19 AM, Wes Moran <wmo...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> After a great deal of consideration, I have decided that I need to take a
> different path for my life and I am moving on from the Wikimedia
> Foundation.  I have struggled with this decision as I have great admiration
> for the mission and the people here. I have great appreciation for how we
> worked together over the past two years, and great pride in what we have
> accomplished. The wide range of experiences have been amazing, and it feels
> like many more years than just two.
>
> I am looking at a departure date of Feb 28th. Until that time, I will be
> supporting the Product teams through the first draft of Annual Planning.
> Katherine Maher, Victoria

[Wikimedia-l] February 10: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#6)

2017-02-10 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all!

A somewhat shorter email this week:


*First, thank you!*
Thanks to everyone who commented on the prototypes from the Community
Process Steering Committee.[1] As a reminder, these are draft proposals for
*how* we structure the upcoming strategy discussion. The goal is to be
inclusive of our whole movement, and give participants many ways to
participate, on- and off-wiki.

Prior to starting this work, we heard from many people that they wanted to
be involved in designing the process, not just the strategy itself. This is
that opportunity! Please make sure to comment if you are interested in
sharing your ideas. We welcome everyone’s input and hope to hear from many
more of you.

*Summary of this past week*

Track A (Organized community groups) and Track B (Individual contributors).

   - We posted the second version of process prototypes for Track A & Track
   B on Meta,[1] incorporating suggestions from the Steering Committee. Main
   improvements included:
   - Adding more support, including a designated Track A lead
  - Adding a Beta rollout to the Track A design (20 February−1 March)
  for groups to test and give feedback on the toolkit
   - Expanding the timeframe for the first round of discussion.
   - We have begun building a facilitator toolkit and context for group
   discussions, based on input from the Community Process Steering Committee.
   - We are discussing how to reach more people, more effectively. Our goal
   is to inform as many members of the movement about upcoming strategy as
   possible, so community members are aware of the ways they can participate.
   We’re working to identify how to do this.
   - We have requested the Community Process Steering Committee extend
   their engagement period by two weeks, to provide additional input on the
   toolkit and discussions framing.
   - The Community Engagement department is reviewing candidates for the
   Language Specialist Strategy Coordinators. We have many strong candidates,
   but have some gaps. Please help us find candidates [2] for:
  - Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Malayalam

Track C (High reach markets) and Track D (Low reach markets)

   - We discussed potential Track C leads and scheduled time with extended
   strategy group to better define Track C.
   - Juliet Barbara, Toby Negrin, and Caitlin Virtue from the Foundation
   will help lead Track D. We’ll share more information soon about how you can
   participate in its development and implementation. More information will be
   posted on Meta-Wiki.[3]
   - The C and D working groups began reaching out to experts and advisors
   for insights on opportunities for the movement.
   - The working groups are developing methods for identifying like-minded
   organizations and experts in knowledge to engage in upcoming Track C and D
   discussions.

*Next steps*

   - Finalize the process for Tracks A & B, incorporating your input.
   - Finalize the plan for each Track's first phase of movement-wide
   discussions - including selection of topics and questions to help
   facilitate effective discussions.
   - Finish initial version of facilitator toolkit for group beta testing.
   - Propose initial framing for discussions for review by the Community
   Process Steering Committee
   - Confirm all track leads and groups, related responsibilities, and
   necessary support.
   - Propose objectives for Wikimedia Conference 2017 in Berlin and begin
   designing the strategy track with conference facilitators.
   - Build to launch strategy, notifying as many community members as
   possible.

In the spirit of informing more people, we will send a brief, monthly
update message tomorrow to a wide variety of community lists and forums.

Alright, that’s it! But before I go, please check out the prototype designs
on Meta-Wiki, and leave comments.[1] This is your opportunity!

Happy Weekend,
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[4]


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Process/Design
[2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/People
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/10_February_2017_-_Update_6_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process
[5] Dear wmfall, I don't like cited links, either.

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[Wikimedia-l] Announcement about senior leadership of WMF's Talent & Culture team

2017-02-08 Thread Katherine Maher
of Viewcrest
Advisors (formerly of the ED search) for her perspective and support.

Please join me in offering congratulations to Joady and Anna!

Katherine

---

Chief Talent and Culture Officer

Responsible for employee operations

   -

   Co-design (with Anna) the vision and execute a leading-edge,
   comprehensive talent management strategy.
   -

   Co-define and co-execute (with Anna) a coherent, inclusive philosophy
   across the employee lifecycle. Communicate that philosophy and ensure that
   it is consistently practiced in employee relations, employment policies,
   and procedures.


   -

   Develop and improve relevant Foundation systems for staff support,
   including operations, immigration, employee relations, payroll and HR
   information systems in compliance with applicable law, regulations, and
   Wikimedia policies.
   -

   Oversee performance management, compensation, and benefits:
   -

  Develop and implement leading-edge benefits and employee wellbeing
  -

  Evaluate and improve talent management systems on an ongoing basis
  -

  Evaluate and evolve competitive, clear, consistent compensation
  structures that reward performance
  -

  Establish and evolve career pathways and professional development
  -

   Work with the Chargé d’Affaires to integrate diversity and inclusion
   while promoting a global view.
   -

   Identify legally sensitive issues and work collaboratively with the
   executive team and outside counsel to understand and prepare for such
   matters.
   -

   Ensure effective and timely internal and external recruiting support for
   all Foundation departments.
   -

   Support WMF Board HR Committee as appropriate.


Responsible for the Department

   -

   Develop a strong, diverse team guided by a clear and comprehensive
   talent management vision. Align all T teams including Recruiting,
   Operations, and Culture around common purpose and effective execution.
   Build a pipeline of successors.
   -

   Provide regular coaching on a broad range of disciplines across the
   employee lifecycle: recruiting, hiring, benefits, compensation,
   on-boarding, orienting, training and developing, performance, employee
   relations, promotion and off-boarding.
   -

   Ensure access to information, resources, and tools to enable the team to
   be effective, including:
   -

  Clear roles and responsibilities
  -

  Career development pathways
  -

  Annual planning and budgeting
  -

   Represent the T team at regular executive team meetings and retreats



Chargée d’Affaires

Collaboratively build a culture and organization for the future.

   -

   In partnership with the executive team, think and act in service of
   talent and culture needs for the future of our projects and movement
   (e.g., forecast future talent needs—individual and collective
   competencies).
   -

   Co-design (with Joady) the vision and execute a leading-edge,
   comprehensive talent management strategy.
   -

   Co-define and co-execute (with Joady) a coherent, inclusive philosophy
   across the employee lifecycle.
   -

   Champion our values, embed them throughout the employee lifecycle.
   -

   Champion special projects and ideas worthy of support.
   -

   Represent culture and organizational design at executive team.


Collaboratively recruit high-level roles for the future:
Board of Trustees, Endowment Board, executives, and special projects.

Engage leaders in their own development:

   -

   Roll out a leadership framework, a central architecture of
   accountabilities at different levels of leadership throughout the
   organization, sync JDs.
   -

   Drive and evolve our cutting-edge leadership program.
   -

   Drive adoption of our leadership practices.
   -

   Develop, drive, and evolve manager training (hiring, orienting,
   performance management, development, succession planning).
   -

   Drive adoption of management practices.
   -

   Lead the people side of succession planning.
   -

   Manage and evolve cultural orientation.


Be an ambassador (Charge d’Affaires)

   -

   Make WMF a creative, generative, well-regarded culture to work within.
   -

   Develop and represent the public profile of the Wikimedia Foundation as
   an employer and culture leader, including writing, external networking, and
   representing the foundation at public engagements.



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[Wikimedia-l] February 2: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#5)

2017-02-02 Thread Katherine Maher
portunities of the represented affiliates, as well as
initial ideas around strategic direction themes and process recommendations
for effective community conversations. Key themes identified include
Education (focus on media literacy and leveraging projects for education),
Go Global (everyone has the same access to knowledge), Inclusion (sum of
all knowledge, coming from diverse sources and new formats), and Facts
Matter (reliable and true knowledge in a "post facts" political climate in
the US and Western Europe).


*WikiIndaba conference 2017*
I had an opportunity to have a number of wonderful conversations with
members of our African community who attended this year's WikiIndaba
conference 2017 in Ghana.[11] Instead of a feedback sessions, we agreed
that the Indaba community would send me a message with their hopes, dreams,
and what they would like Wikimedia to focus on over the next 15 years. I’m
looking forward to receiving this, and sharing those themes on the
Meta-Wiki strategy portal.

One thing my trip to Ghana allowed me to reflect on is that even with how
far this process has come in a short time, we have much farther still to go
before we are fully able to engage a movement of our size in a truly
meaningful way - or for every corner of our movement to even know this work
is happening! I welcome your thoughts on this, and look forward to being
able to share more in the coming weeks on how we efforts will help us meet
this goal.

*Next Steps*

   - Collecting community-wide feedback on proposed processes (organized
   groups and individual contributors)
   - Confirm track teams, roles, and responsibilities
   - Build facilitator toolkit, including:
   - Premises for the discussion
  - Framing context (research brief) for the discussion on movement
  strategy and questions/prompts to inspire conversation
  - Tools and ideas for engaging communities (e.g., in-person
  facilitation approaches, best practices on community outreach on wiki)
  - Template and instructions for written summary on discussion.
   - Build out documentation on Meta-Wiki 2017 Movement Strategy Portal to
   support engagement and transparency

Beginning this month, we will be sharing a monthly summary of these emails
via the strategy updates MassMessage list people have been signing up for.
:) If you would like to add your user page or group's talk page to this
update list, you are invited to sign up.[12]

Thank you for reading so far!

I really appreciate your continued interest in and patience with this
process as it develops. I appreciate the feedback people have provided and,
like many of you, am eager to begin a movement-wide discussion.

Katherine

PS. A version of this message will be available for translation on
Meta-Wiki.[13]


[1] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/11/22/digest-africa/
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Team
[3] http://williamsworks.com/
[4] https://youtu.be/6fF4xLHkZe4?t=31m45s
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliates
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Updates/27_January_2017_-_Update_5_on_
Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process
[7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Team#Strategy_Coordinators
[8] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us#Wikimedia_Careers
[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Process/Design
[10] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Research_and_notes/All-Hands_Summary_Report
[11] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/12/12/digest-wiki-loves-africa-begins/
[12] https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10153505
[13] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
movement/2017/Updates/27_January_2017_-_Update_5_on_
Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed permanent Executive Director

2017-01-30 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations Abraham and WMDE!

The WMDE supervisory board, WMDE, and Abraham deserve recognition for this
smooth transition. Thank you to the WMDE board for your leadership in this
decision. I look forward to our continued work together.


On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 07:57 Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

Dear Wikimedians,

It is our great pleasure to announce that during last weekend’s Board
retreat, we voted to appoint Abraham Taherivand as Executive Director of
Wikimedia Deutschland with immediate effect.

Abraham has joined Wikimedia Deutschland in 2012, has been the director of
our Software Development department, and interim ED in the past two months.
In all his roles he has shown vast experience and qualifications as well as
the much needed, deep commitment for Free Knowledge. We are convinced that
Abraham is the right person at the right time for Wikimedia Deutschland and
have great confidence that the management of the office is in good hands
with him. Abraham will continue to lead the Software Development department
on an interim basis until we have been able to fill this position with a
new permanent director.

Together with Abraham, WMDE staff, our members and communities as well as
other interested parties, the board will analyse and – where applicable –
revise the composition of leadership and decision making structures at WMDE
in 2017. Kurt Jansson, Sebastian Moleski and myself will be steering this
process and are available for your questions and feedback via email (
praesid...@wikimedia.de).

We wish Abraham the very best in this role, and the Board looks forward to
continuing to work with him. Please join us in congratulating Abraham!

For the Supervisory Board
Tim Moritz Hector
Chair
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[Wikimedia-l] January 11: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#4)

2017-01-11 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi all,

Last week's update was late, this one is early - the Foundation staff are
together this week for the Developers Summit and All Hands meeting the next
two days, so we'll be doing more stuff face to face, learning and sharing.
So, with no further ado:

As I mentioned in past updates, we have been working to identify the
external experts which will serve as the Lead Architects for this process.
I am very excited to introduce you to williamsworks
<http://williamsworks.com/>!

williamsworks[1] has more than a decade of experience working with
nonprofits, companies, and philanthropists around the world. Their team is
made up of folks with deep experience in philanthropy, communications,
public policy, and global development. They are based out of Seattle, with
a global team in places such as Nairobi and Berlin. We're going to be
working with a dedicated team, including their founder, Whitney Williams,
on this process.

williamsworks will be responsible for coordinating all the various moving
parts and needs of the strategy process. They'll be working closely with
folks in the Foundation, community, and myself to help us identify the
information we need and the conversations we need. They'll be leading us
through parsing information and making decisions to help us arrive at a
shared direction.

To begin this work process, I'm delighted that they'll be joining us at
this week's All Hands. They've been meeting with teams from across the
Foundation today in order to get to know folks. Tomorrow and Friday they'll
be here to listen and learn about our culture and mission.

Over the past few weeks, we evaluated williamsworks among other candidates
according criteria that reflects our needs as a movement. This included
whether the candidate had created successful organizational or movement
strategies before, whether they demonstrated a strong understanding of the
need to build an inclusive process, and whether the candidate had
international and nonprofit experience. (More specific criteria is outlined
on Meta-Wiki.[2])

The next step is building out and confirming the core team facilitating the
work ahead. Please stay tuned to this list and the Movement Strategy Portal
on Meta-Wiki for more details.[3]

Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/11_January_2017_-_Update_4_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process


[1] http://williamsworks.com
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Team#Criteria_for_Lead_Architect
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] News regarding Wikimania 2018

2017-01-10 Thread Katherine Maher
Very exciting! Can't wait to see everyone in Cape Town.

A big thank you to those who submitted considerations from Yerevan, Perth,
and Bangkok!

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:36 AM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Congratulations everyone :)
>
>
>
>
> Le 10 janv. 2017 11:24 AM, "James Heilman" <jmh...@gmail.com> a écrit :
>
> A big congratulations to Douglas and looking forwards to coming to South
> Africa in 2018 :-)
>
> James
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 12:08 PM, Ellie Young <eyo...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > All,
> >
> > On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and the Wikimedia
> Foundation,
> >  I am pleased to announce that we have decided to explore having
> Wikimania
> >  2018 located in Cape Town, South Africa. It would be hosted by a team
> > <http://wikimedia.org.za/wiki/Wikimania_2018_team> led Douglas Scott
> with
> > support of the Wikimedia ZA chapter and the WMF. The proposal will be
> > further vetted by the WMF staff in the coming months, after which time we
> > hope to confirm the award.
> >
> > This past Fall there were a total of four teams
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2018> that expressed interest
> > in
> > hosting in 2018.   We would also like to thank the people from South
> > Africa, Armenia, Thailand, and Perth for all their effort in putting
> > together materials for our consideration and their time spent discussing
> > the possibilities.   As a volunteer-led movement, it is very  encouraging
> > to have so many who want to support Wikimania.
> >
> > Please join us in congratulating the South African team.   If any of you
> > would like to get involved or have questions/suggestions, please
> > contact Douglas
> > Scott  douglas.i.sc...@gmail.com
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> >
> > Ellie Young
> >
> > WMF Events Manager
> >
> > On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimedia Foundation
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] January 8: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#3)

2017-01-09 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi Wayne,

Of course! While the final day of WMF AllHands is the 13th, any staff still
in town and available on Sunday are welcome to attend the celebration -
thank you for organizing what looks to be a great event!

Katherine

On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 10:03 Wayne Calhoon <j.blackm...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, Katherine.
>
> During All-hands, will any attendees be able to pop in to the Wikipedia
> Day 16 Birthday bash and edit-a-thon hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon in the
> Chip Deubner Lounge, 5th floor, at the WMF offices in SF on Sunday starting
> at 2 p.m.? Drop-in and out is okay.
>
>
>
> Details and to RSVP:
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>
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> wanted to give you a heads up that many people will be travelling next week
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[Wikimedia-l] January 8: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#3)

2017-01-09 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I hope that you all enjoyed your holiday break and have returned refreshed
and ready for the exciting year we have ahead! With apologies for sending
this out a few days late, here are the past week's updates on the movement
strategy process.

*Highlights from this past week:*

The Community Engagement department has been working on bringing a
cross-representation of affiliate representatives and contributors to the
Wikimedia Conference being held in late March in Berlin.[1] These folks
will be invited to discuss the thematic direction of the overall movement,
to share ideas, increase engagement, and begin finding places of agreement.

   - We have sent invitations have been sent to 134 community members.
   We’re working with them to verify availability and finalize arrangements by
   the end of the month.
   - Community members were identified based on their demonstrated
   leadership within Wikimedia and/or expertise related to Wikimedia
   movement-wide processes.
   - Our goal is to use this opportunity to convene this group in a track
   devoted to discussing movement-wide thematic directions, and take advantage
   of plenary sessions.

*What's next:*

   - We’re still working through the details, but I look forward to sharing
   information about the team, including Lead Architect, who will be
   facilitating us through the process over the coming months.
   - We’ll be sharing more information about the additional folks attending
   the Wikimedia Conference and the intended program, as they become available.

As always, you can track these updates on the Meta-Wiki portal for the
movement strategy.[1]

The Foundation is hosting our annual All Hands meeting this weekend in San
Francisco. I don’t anticipate this delaying the coming week's updates, but
wanted to give you a heads up that many people will be travelling next week
and it is possible we will have delayed responses as a result.

Cheers,
Katherine

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/6_January_2017_-_Update_3_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Where is WMF with pursuing companies that offer paid editing services

2017-01-02 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi Jytdog, all -

A gentle and kind reminder that the WMF offices are closed for the holidays
right now. Please look for an answer when we return.

Our normal working days resume tomorrow.

Happy New Year!

Yours,
Katherine


On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 05:02 Lilburne  wrote:

> On 02/01/2017 00:52, Pine W wrote:
>
> > (: I think that Legal could at least describe in general terms what they
>
> > are currently doing and have plans to do in the near future.
>
> >
>
> > If it turns out that the answers are "we aren't doing much and we aren't
>
> > planning to do more", then yes, asking the higher-ups to do something
> about
>
> > this sounds like a good idea. By the way, I think the timing for this
>
> > discussion is good, because WMF should be in the early stages of
>
> > formulating the 2017-2018 annual plan.
>
> >
>
>
>
> Aren't they likely to get hoisted by their own petard? When Dcoetzee
>
> snaffled those images from the NPG WMF Legal argued that as there was no
>
> specific need to ever having read a websites T a website could not
>
> take action if anyone violating said T
>
>
>
> Any compliant by the WMF is also likely to raise the ire of the EFF .
>
>
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/07/court-violating-terms-service-not-crime-bypassing
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[Wikimedia-l] December 23: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#2)

2016-12-23 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

As I mentioned last week, we plan to do more regular updates on the
movement strategy process going forward. Last week's update was very long,
out of necessity, so we hope sending updates more regularly will allow us
to use a shorter format. While these will often come from me, I expect
you’ll see other folks take turns sending them as the circle of
participation widens.

*Highlights from this past week:*

   - We are in the final stages of interviewing potential Lead Strategy
   Architects and hope to have a choice and contract by our next update. We
   will be able to share more information once a contract is in place.
   - We expect the community discussion around the proposed timeline and
   strategy process plan to kick off in January.
   - Our staff movement strategy study group met yesterday and discussed
   the types of groups we see in our movement and the impact that may have on
   this process and a future strategy. You can find out more information about
   the group on Meta-Wiki.[1]

*Coming next:*

   - In the new year I look forward to introducing the Lead Strategy
   Architect and providing more information on the plan for January.

You can also track our updates on the Meta-Wiki portal for the movement
strategy.[2]

I won’t make an update next week, as the Wikimedia Foundation offices will
be closed for the holidays between December 25 and January 2. If you are
celebrating the holidays, I hope they are full of good people and good
cheer.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

Katherine.

PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/23_December_2016_-_Update_2_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Wikimedia_Foundation_study_group
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#1!)

2016-12-16 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi Aubrey,

Thanks for passing that along.

As it turns out, we spent some time at the NYPL talking about strategy at
the Board retreat this November. The Board sat down with Tony Ageh, their
new Chief Digital Officer, to have an informal conversation about how
Wikimedia, the NYPL, and other organizations can continuously reinvigorate
their mission as their medium, audience, and purposes evolve. We didn't
talk about the process from that article specifically (Tony wasn't there in
2014) but more about forward-looking work. Speaking for myself, it was an
interesting conversation full of relevant historical analogies, set in a
memorable venue (the reading room).

I look forward to reading the article in full.

Cheers,
Katherine


On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 01:54 Andrea Zanni <zanni.andre...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Katherine, thanks for the email.
>
>
>
> Regarding the external expert for inclusive process you are looking for,
>
> maybe this article is of help:
>
> https://hbr.org/2016/12/how-employees-shaped-strategy-at-the
> -new-york-public-library
>
>
>
> I'm posting here for everyone to see because I think is interesting for
>
> everybody to understand
>
> how other (similar?) communities do innovation and shape their strategy.
>
>
>
> Regards
>
>
>
> Aubrey
>
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 3:42 AM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> > *(Apologies for cross posting)*
>
> >
>
> > Hi all,
>
> >
>
> > Since joining the Wikimedia Foundation and movement in 2014, I have often
>
> > heard community members, movement organizations, and staff members speak
> of
>
> > a need for a clear, unifying, and inspirational strategic direction for
> our
>
> > movement. These conversations tend to follow a pattern: they start by
>
> > recognizing the incredible work of our movement over the past 15 years,
>
> > while seeking clarity on what we do next. What do we want to achieve over
>
> > the next 15 years? What role do we want to play in the world? How will we
>
> > prioritize our work and resources?
>
> >
>
> > At the June 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board identified[1] the
>
> > development of a long-term movement strategy as one of our top priorities
>
> > for the coming year. Coming to consensus on a long-term strategic
> direction
>
> > will help us know where we are headed, which path we will take, and how
> we
>
> > will ensure our work is supported.
>
> >
>
> > At the Foundation’s December metrics meeting this morning, Anna Stillwell
>
> > and Lisa Gruwell shared a presentation on the work the Foundation has
> done
>
> > since June to prepare for a movement strategy consultation in the coming
>
> > year.[2] We have been working to understand past Wikimedia strategy
>
> > efforts, estimate future budgets and timelines, and secure resources for
>
> > the year to come. In this email, I want to present some additional detail
>
> > on this progress, and next steps we can take together.
>
> >
>
> > (*Fair warning: this is a very long email.* The critical information is
> as
>
> > follows: The Wikimedia Foundation Board has approved a spending
> resolution
>
> > and timeline for the upcoming strategy work. We anticipate beginning
> broad
>
> > community conversations on the process, goals, and themes in early 2017.
>
> > The Foundation is looking for an external expert to work with us
> (community
>
> > and staff) to support an effective, inclusive process. I’ve been remiss
> in
>
> > regular updates, but we will share them going forward. And of course,
>
> > please share your thoughts and feedback on this list and on Meta [3].)
>
> >
>
> >
>
> > *Strategic direction*
>
> > We are expecting that we will begin a movement-wide strategy discussion
> in
>
> > early 2017, with a process that runs throughout the year. The goal is to
>
> > close 2017 with clarity and consensus on a strategic direction for our
>
> > movement, and begin planning for how we will make progress in that
>
> > direction.
>
> >
>
> > We are currently doing good work across our movement, but lack a unifying
>
> > sense of how that work coheres into something greater than its individual
>
> > parts. Wikipedia and the sister projects are remarkable, and our
> community
>
> > is responsible for their success. Our movement has done an incredible job
>
> > spreading our values and principles around the world—but we often look
>
>

[Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#1!)

2016-12-15 Thread Katherine Maher
-correct as necessary. This will be part of
building together.

Additionally, we’ll be providing regular documentation via email, and
adding it to Meta-Wiki.[7] If you would like to receive updates via your
user talk page, you can do so by signing up on Meta-Wiki.[8]

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. I imagine this is the
start of many conversations. I look forward to them.

Thank you!
Katherine


PS. An on-wiki version of this message is available for translation:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/15_December_2016_-_Update_1_on_Wikimedia_movement_strategy_process

[1] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-June/084627.html
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_metrics_and_activities_meetings/2016-12
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Audit_of_past_strategy_processes
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Audit_Committee
[6] https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/raucous
[7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Updates/Signup

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed Interim Executive Director

2016-12-11 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations Abraham. Welcome to the new role! And many thanks to WMDE's
Board and staff for working together to facilitate a smooth transition.

On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 11:30 PM, Sam Klein <sjkl...@hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Wow.  Congratulations to you both, and to WMDE for the smooh transition. I
> hope to see great things in the future, in Berlin and in WMDE.
>
> Abraham, warmest welcome to the wikiverse.
>
> Sam
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Christian Rickerts <
> christian.ricke...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
>
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > As Tim has already written, with effect from today I have stepped down
> from
> > the position as Executive Director and handed over the business to
> Abraham.
> > Tomorrow I will take the oath in my new position.
> >
> > I am looking back today at an incredible exciting, busy and funny time
> and
> > I am proud to see what we were able to achieve together. I also want to
> > thank you for all the warm and cheering messages I received after Tims
> > announcement.
> >
> > WMDE is in very good hands with Abraham, with a great team and solid
> > structures and processes in place. Therefore I am leaving with a tear in
> > one eye and a smile in the other.
> >
> > Congratulation Abraham (!) and good bye,
> >
> > Christian
> >
> > Am 08.12.2016 15:52 schrieb "Tim Moritz Hector" <
> > tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de>:
> >
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > Earlier this week I informed you that Christian Rickerts might become the
> > Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy
> and
> > enterprises. This has been confirmed today and Christian has stepped down
> > from his WMDE role.
> >
> > I am very pleased to announce that the WMDE Supervisory Board appointed
> > Abraham Taherivand as Interim Executive Director as of 8 December 2016.
> >
> > Abraham has joined WMDE in March 2012 and is the Head of our Software
> > Development department. He has been on the transition team during the
> last
> > ED search, has headed our works council and has been appointed deputy of
> > the Executive Director recently. In his multiple roles, Abraham’s
> decisions
> > have always been made in the sense of the Wikimedia Deutschland as a
> whole.
> > With immediate effect, he has the full rights and duties of the Executive
> > Director and will also continue to lead the Software Development
> > Department.
> >
> > This solution allows us as a board to approach the next steps with the
> > necessary calmness and deliberate thought. On 28-29 January 2017, we will
> > meet for our regular board retreat and discuss all questions regarding
> the
> > permanent filling of the ED position.
> >
> > Christian, once again a big thank you for your work with us.
> > Congratulations and a good start in politics. I would like to thank you,
> > Abraham, for your agreement to take on this crucial task and look forward
> > to the further, close cooperation with you!
> >
> > I will keep you posted on future updates in the transition process.
> >
> > For the Supervisory Board
> > Tim Moritz Hector
> > Chair
> >
> > --
> > Tim Moritz Hector
> > Chair of the Board
> > Wikimedia Deutschland
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMDE-update: Christian Rickerts might become Undersecretary of State

2016-12-07 Thread Katherine Maher
Wonderful news Christian, and congratulations.

I appreciate the thought and consideration for the next steps for WMDE and
the community. We look forward to supporting WMDE during this period of
transition and into the future.

On Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 10:21 AM, Nurunnaby Hasive <nurunnabyhas...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Wow! Congratulations Christian!
>
> -Hasive
> WMBD
>
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:32 PM, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > What an exciting piece of news! Congratulations to you, Christian!! I am
> >
> > grateful to you and the Board for your work on ensuring a good transition
> >
> > for WMDE; I am confident you are all in good hands. :)
> >
> >
> >
> > Katy
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 6:06 AM, Tim Moritz Hector <
> >
> > tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > >
> >
> > > On Saturday, the Green Party has resolved the coalition agreement for
> the
> >
> > > future Berlin government and nominated their future government
> officials.
> >
> > > The
> >
> > > new designated Minister of economics, Ramona Pop, asked Christian to
> > become
> >
> > > her Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy,
> > energy
> >
> > > and enterprises. Now things are going to happen quite quickly: The
> future
> >
> > > senate is scheduled to be constituted on December 8th. Right after
> that,
> >
> > > Christian would take on the new responsibility.
> >
> > >
> >
> > > The Supervisory Board of Wikimedia Deutschland and Christian agree that
> >
> > > this is a great opportunity that he should accept. I also see this as a
> >
> > > huge compliment to our work at Wikimedia Deutschland.
> >
> > >
> >
> > > We are aware that this opportunity brings a lot of change for our
> >
> > > organisation for the near future as well. Christian and I are currently
> >
> > > working on the next steps together with our staff and community. We
> will
> >
> > > provide you with regular updates regarding the transition process.
> >
> > >
> >
> > > Thank you very much and kind regards
> >
> > >
> >
> > > Tim Moritz Hector
> >
> > >
> >
> > > --
> >
> > > Tim Moritz Hector
> >
> > > Chair of the Board
> >
> > > Wikimedia Deutschland e. V.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Signing out with my official hat!

2016-11-14 Thread Katherine Maher
 30% of people spoke
> this
> > > aboriginal language Santali, and I cannot share how nostalgic it felt
> > when
> > > the opportunity came to lead this project.
> > >
> > > Once again, thanks you all the friends in the Wikimedia community, and
> > the
> > > larger openness movement for your kind support over all these years. In
> > the
> > > long road, this was a great milestone but there are many more to come.
> I
> > > hope to continue working with you in my volunteer capacity, and/or may
> be
> > > in my new role.
> > >
> > > Where I am heading next?
> > > Some of you might know this already. I am super excited that the next
> > > milestone is going to be another open source community as I am joining
> > > Mozilla’s Participation team as South Asia Community Catalyzer [4]. I
> am
> > > super excited for it. And I will keep seeing you all amazing people on
> > the
> > > Wikimedia projects like before.
> > >
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> > > 3. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project_Ol_chiki
> > > 4. https://discourse.mozilla-community.org/t/introducing-
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] DEITYBOUNCE and reader logs (was Re: Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief Technology Officer)

2016-11-03 Thread Katherine Maher
's a
> good
> > fit for the job. Victoria would be far from the only person in WMF and
> the
> > Wikimedia community with ties to government agencies; I would treat this
> > hire with a similar level of care regarding conflicts of interest as we
> > would with any other appointment.
> >
> > As a general practice, I would prefer declared and public potential
> > conflicts of interests to undisclosed conflicts of interest, and I would
> > suggest that someone being public with their affiliations and potential
> > conflicts should be treated respectfully while keeping an open mind to
> the
> > possibility that the conflicts may be manageable. In Victoria's case, I
> > would encourage assuming good faith while asking appropriate questions; I
> > feel that it's reasonable for the community to ask some questions to make
> > sure that WMF did in fact consider these issues during the candidate
> > selection process. Perhaps Victoria will have an office hour where the
> > community can have a Q with her on these and many other questions that
> > people are likely to have.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Pine
> >
> > Pine
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 12:25 PM, James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > It's great that the CTO position was filled.
> > >
> > > The blog announcement's biography omitted these details:
> > >
> > > "As Director for Security Initiatives for Intel’s Digital Enterprise
> > > Group [Victoria Coleman] was responsible for defining the company’s
> > > security technology roadmap and translating it to product delivery.
> > > During this time, she was instrumental in bringing Intel’s LaGrande
> > > Technology across the server processor and chipset product line.
> > > Victoria has also had roles as the Director of the Trusted Platform
> > > Laboratory and the Trust and Manageability Laboratory in Intel's
> > > Corporate Technology Group... In 1995 she authored the landmark UK
> > > Ministry of Defence DefStan 00-56 which created the legal framework
> > > for the safety of programmable electronic systems procurement by the
> > > MoD . In 2004, she founded the Cybersecurity Research Center on behalf
> > > of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."
> > >
> > > Source: http://www.potomacinstitute.org/fellows/2138-the-potomac-
> > > institute-welcomes-senior-fellow-victoria-coleman-2
> > >
> > > Is Victoria willing to comment on
> > >
> > > https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/01/nsa_exploit_of.html
> > >
> > > and
> > >
> > > https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:
> > > Jimbo_Wales/Archive_208=725820016#Massive_expansion_
> > > of_National_Security_Letters
> > >
> > > please?
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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief Technology Officer

2016-11-02 Thread Katherine Maher
.

More information on Victoria’s full background can be found in our blog
post announcing her arrival: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/11/02/
victoria-coleman-chief-technology-officer/

Victoria is on CC - please join me in welcoming her to the Foundation and
our movement!

Warmly,
Katherine

***

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Introducing_Victoria_Coleman_-_Chief_Technology_Officer

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2016 call for Board Governance Committee Volunteer and Advisory members [results]

2016-08-17 Thread Katherine Maher
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farsi Wikipedia

2016-08-01 Thread Katherine Maher
This is wonderful, congratulations on all the hard work and achievement!

On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Alex Wang <aw...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Congratulations!!!
>
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Amir Ladsgroup <ladsgr...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I talked to Mohsen earlier and convinced him it's Persian. I hope it uses
> > Persian more often :D
> >
> > Best
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 1:25 PM Shlomi Fish <shlo...@shlomifish.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:40:12 +0430
> > > Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I would to let everyone know, after 13 years and millions of edits,
> > > Finally
> > > > Farsi Wikipedia has reached 500,000 article. This is a very historic
> > > moment
> > > > for all us in Farsi Wikipedia.
> > > >
> > > > Mardetanha
> > >
> > > Congratulations to the Persian Wikipedia contributors on reaching this
> > > landmark! Well done, and good luck in the future.
> > >
> > > One small nitpick if I may:
> > >
> > > http://behdad.org/farsi.html/
> > >
> > > “Persian is the English word for Farsi.”
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > >
> > > Shlomi Fish
> > >
> > > --
> > > -
> > > Shlomi Fish   http://www.shlomifish.org/
> > >
> > > *shlomif:* hack, hack, hack ; save ; make ; make test; commit. And
> start
> > > over.
> > >
> > > *mrjink:* hack, hack, hack; save; make; swear; fix typos; save; make;
> > make
> > > test; swear some more; hack some more; save; make; make test; cheer;
> > > commit.
> > >
> > > *meep:* hack, make, test, segfault, oh noes, revert to previous
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-13 Thread Katherine Maher
Geoff,

It is always difficult to say farewell to a trusted colleague and friend,
but it is wonderful to see your skills and leadership recognized in this
new role. I’m so excited for you to bring your energy and experience to
another passionate and rollicking global community of creators.

You’ve seen the Foundation through a remarkable five years. You’ve built a
tremendous team that is critical to helping the Wikimedia projects thrive
well into the future. You’ve expertly navigated our challenges, focusing
our efforts where we can have the most impact. Through your team, you've
empowered the Foundation as fierce advocates for open licensing, privacy,
freedom of information, and contributors rights, truly embodying the values
of our movement. And as a colleague, you’ve been a counselor and voice of
wisdom for our executive team and Board of Trustees.

Throughout it all, you have empowered everyone you work with to do their
best work. And even as you go, you leave us with the strong leadership of
Michelle and Stephen, who each bring excellent judgment and deep experience
with our complexities and curiosities.

Some of you may not know that the Communications team once reported to
Geoff. When I joined the Foundation as as Chief Communications Officer,
Geoff was one of the first people I met. He generously onboarded me,
offering insights into the communities and Foundation. We often worked
hand-in-hand to support and defend our movement and values. During this
time, I developed a deep appreciation for his steady leadership, appetite
for interesting challenges, and pursuit of excellence.

Thank you, Geoff, for your leadership, service, and dedication to our
movement. I know that our time with you has made our movement stronger. and
your time with us has hopefully helped prepare you for the opportunities
ahead. It’s always a joy to see people move on to new challenges and cheer
for them to succeed.

Our movement will certainly miss you, but we are very excited for what you
will do next.

Katherine

On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM, Geoff Brigham <gbrig...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Over the past five years, I’ve been honored to serve as the General Counsel
> and Secretary of the Wikimedia Foundation. This job has been amazing, and
> I’m grateful to everyone who has made it so rewarding. It's now time for my
> next step, so, in the coming days, I will be leaving the Foundation to
> pursue a new career opportunity.
>
> I depart with such love for the mission, the Foundation, the Wikimedia
> communities, and my colleagues at work. I thank my past and present bosses
> as well as the Board for their support and guidance. I stand in awe of the
> volunteer writers, editors, and photographers who contribute every day to
> the Wikimedia projects. And I will hold special to my heart my past and
> current teams, including legal and community advocacy. :) You have taught,
> given, and enriched me so much.
>
> After my departure, Michelle Paulson will serve as interim head of Legal,
> and, subject to Board approval, Stephen LaPorte will serve as interim
> Secretary to the Board. I can happily report that they have the experience
> and expertise to ensure a smooth and professional transition.
>
> The future of the Foundation under Katherine's leadership is exciting.
> Having had the pleasure of working for her, I know Katherine will take the
> Foundation to its next level in promoting and defending the outstanding
> mission and values of the Wikimedia movement. Although I'm delighted about
> my next opportunity, I will miss this new chapter in the Foundation's
> story.
>
> My last day at the Foundation will be July 18th. After that, I will take a
> month off to recharge my batteries, and then I start my new gig at YouTube
> in the Bay Area. There, I will serve as Director of YouTube Trust & Safety,
> managing global teams for policy, legal, and anti-abuse operations. As with
> Wikimedia, I look forward to learning from those teams and tackling
> together a new set of exciting, novel challenges.
>
> For those who want to stay in touch, please do! My personal email is:
> geoffrey.r.brig...@gmail.com.
>
> With respect, admiration, and gratitude,
>
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