Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paris

2015-11-13 Thread Mathias Schindler
On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 1:19 AM, Alex Cella  wrote:
> All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
>
> Thnaks for asking.
>

Facebook has activated the "Safety Check" feature for the Paris
region. People using this platform might use this feature to let their
friends know they are in a safe location.

(https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/)

Mathias

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Imminent block of access to Wikipedia in Russia

2015-08-24 Thread Mathias Schindler
Greetings,

there is a note online at the Roskomnadzor (the russian agency in
question) web site referring to the block:
http://rkn.gov.ru/news/rsoc/news34253.htm

Mathias

On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 5:24 PM, Yaroslav M. Blanter pute...@mccme.ru wrote:
 Today, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom,
 Information Technologies and Mass Communications instructed all Russian
 internet providers to block all user access to Wikipedia. All involved
 parties are aware of the development. I am not sure whether only
 ru.wikipedia.org will be blocked, or all WMF projects. In the latter case,
 if you are going to travel to Russia, you will need to gen an IP exempt flag
 in advance in the projects you are going to edit.

 Cheers
 Yaroslav

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] EU copyright rules are maladapted to the increase of cross-border cultural exchange on the web

2015-03-04 Thread Mathias Schindler
Greetings,

On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 7:40 PM, Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com wrote:

 That would be the advocacy advisors list:
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/advocacy_advisors

 -Liam / Wittylama

I can strongly encourage anyone interested in that topic to join the
advocacy advisors list.

Additionally, I want to point out that MEP Julia Reda has send in a
submission for the 2015 Wikimania on this very topic.
https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Copyright_reform_in_the_EU_-_What_you_can_expect_to_happen

While the submission process is going its way, you might want to
bookmark it or put your  in the Interested attendees part.

Mathias
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Monument for Wikipedia in Poland

2014-10-09 Thread Mathias Schindler
In Poland, Monument loves Wikipedia

On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM, Romaine Wiki romaine.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 I saw something appear in the media:

 http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_26694189/poland-honor-wikipedia-monument


 Romaine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] is the German/EU Policy Issues Survey a push-poll from empowerment to enabling?

2013-12-01 Thread Mathias Schindler
James,

the survey questions were developed at and after the 2013 Wikimania in
Hong Kong, the survey itself was completed in October 2013.

While comments to completed measures are always appreciated, I suggest
to monitor this list for announcements of future events. These
announcements will happen in advance and will be an invitation to
everyone to submit comments, change requests and alternative
proposals.

Mathias

On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM, James Salsman jsals...@gmail.com wrote:
 Recently there was a discussion on the Advocacy Advisors list about
 the difference between empowering editors as per the Foundation's
 mission, and merely enabling them. In trying to understand the
 feedback, I took a look at the subjects listed on the Wikimedia EP
 Election Questionnaire from the recent German/EU Policy Issues Survey:

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vSrFiYCAN-RPXdikdkkHmT_ZzWPdD5DcDpMye9uAiHM/viewform

 There is more information about the survey at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/EU_policy/Survey

 My concern is that the topics listed, while legitimate concerns all of
 which I have been active on over the past year and past several years,
 include far fewer categories which can be construed as actually
 empowering people to edit, as opposed to merely altering various
 technical and social systems which enable them to edit or perform
 various editing-related tasks.

 I strongly recommend countering this very likely source of survey
 outcome bias by asking the community about specific ways to empower
 more editors, such as linking to fixmyjob.com from a banner and
 supporting the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the
 Child and its protocols without reservation.

 Best regards,
 James Salsman

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Radiological images

2013-09-17 Thread Mathias Schindler
On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:
 Maybe they don't own the images outright from a legal perspective, but
 certainly ethics (and particularly medical ethics)

They do not own it from a copyright perspective. I did not speak about
other applicable laws protecting doctor-patient confidentiality or
privacy of patients.

Mathias

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] UK.Gov passes Instagram Act

2013-05-02 Thread Mathias Schindler
On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM, Craig Franklin
cfrank...@halonetwork.net wrote:
 If the Register hates it, that usually indicates to me that it is a
 fantastic idea.

The main issues with the EU orphan works directive is that projects
like Wikipedia are not among the priviledged entities and the set of
rights that can be obtained for using such orpahn works is far too
limited. Countries implementing this directive have little choice to
fix both issues.

Mathias

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The case for supporting open source machine translation

2013-04-24 Thread Mathias Schindler
On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:29 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:


 Could open source MT be such a strategic investment? I don't know, but
 I'd like to at least raise the question. I think the alternative will
 be, for the foreseeable future, to accept that this piece of
 technology will be proprietary, and to rely on goodwill for any
 integration that concerns Wikimedia. Not the worst outcome, but also
 not the best one.

 Are there open source MT efforts that are close enough to merit
 scrutiny?

http://www.statmt.org/moses/ is live an kicking. Someone with a
background in computer linguistics should have a close look at them.

I would like to mention however that there are a couple of cases in
which commercial companies could be convinced to open source some of
their software, for example Mozilla. Google has open sourced terract
for OCR. Google might see the value of their translation efforts in
more than just the software but also in the actual integration in some
of their products (Gmail, Goggles, Glass) so that open sourcing it
would not hurt their financial interests. It appears to me that the
cost vs. the potential gain for everyone of simply asking a company
like Google or Microsoft if they are willing to negotiate.

In any case, I would love to see WMF engage in the topic of machine translation.

Mathias

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-28 Thread Mathias Schindler
On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM, Steven Zhang cro0...@gmail.com wrote:
 We all started talking about Sue Gardner for President 2016 on IRC today. 
 I'd vote for her...

In order to do so, there are two minor prerequisites

a) We must get rid of the clause in Section 1 of Article Two of the
United States Constitution (natural born citizen). A quick look in
Wikipedia tells me that really no-one has any emotional attachment to
this clause and there have been no previous disputes over the
eligibility of candidates for this office.

or

b) We must overthrow the political system in Canada and change the
monarchy into a republic that actually has a President so that Sue can
run for it.

Mathias

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Mathias Schindler
He was an author (user:aaronsw) and developer, among others.

On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl wrote:
 Sorry, I don't know better - in what way was A. S. related to the
 Wikimedia movement?
 Kind regards
 Ziko

 2013/1/12 Andrea Zanni zanni.andre...@gmail.com:
 I never met Aaron, nut this is very, very sad news.


 On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 12 January 2013 12:04, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
  Killed himself.
 
  http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html

 Awful news.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] And you thought the Amazon Wikipedia books were bad

2012-12-13 Thread Mathias Schindler
On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
 http://singularityhub.com/2012/12/13/patented-book-writing-system-lets-one-professor-create-hundreds-of-thousands-of-amazon-books-and-counting/

 He's patented the method, too. Hopefully he will enforce the patent.

Noam Cohen wrote about him in 2008:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/business/worldbusiness/14iht-14link.11952478.html?pagewanted=all_r=0
Little has changed since then.

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