Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation website has soft launched!

2018-08-11 Thread a b
On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 11:49 AM, Michael Peel  wrote:

> Huh? it’s already been live at for the
> last week or so - that’s not a “soft launch”, that’s a full launch (maybe
> without the trimmings).
> Should I repost the comments/bug reports I sent to wmfcc-l last week more
> publicly?
> Thanks,
> Mike

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

2018-08-11 Thread a b
On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 5:50 AM, Andy Mabbett 

> On 3 August 2018 at 22:12, Andy Mabbett  wrote:
> > On 2 August 2018 at 02:51, Gregory Varnum  wrote:
> >
> >> You can check it out for yourself here (you may need to clear your
> browser's cache):
> >
> > The home page currently says:
> >
> >" Everything on a Wikimedia site is available as Creative Commons
> material. "
> >
> > That is not true. Material includes:
> >
> > * PD content (copyright expires; US government, etc)
> > * Fair-use copyright material.
> >
> > In the latter case, suggesting otherwise could be harmful to our users.
> The text I cited has now been changed to "All text on Wikimedia sites
> is available as Creative Commons material".
> This does not resolve the issue I raised above; as my first bullet
> point applies not only to media files, but also to numerous texts on
> Wikimedia sites; not least a large part of Wikisource.
> > Furthermore, the "Sesame Street" image used on the site's home page
> > and the linked article, is labelled on Commons: "This work might not
> > be available under a free license in the United States because it is
> > based on an artwork or sculpture that may be protected by copyright
> > under U.S. law."
> This image is still on the pages I mentioned.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Thoughts on carrying the Wikimania conversation forward

2015-10-10 Thread Paolo B.
Hi Liang,

Ellie did reach out to Josh recently regarding the Manila bid (after which
Josh relayed the message to our team) and, supposedly, she is also reaching
out to members of the Bali and Perth bids. We (in the Manila team) are
still discussing this, so I am not at liberty to provide further details at
this point.

Best regards,

Paolo Barazòn
Wikimedia Philippines

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Liang-chih Shang Kuan 

> Hi all,
> I want to kindly ask a follow up on the issue Isabella Apriana has
> mentioned - "'s not official yet for Montreal, but seems like
> there's nothing we can do about 2017 now because community discussion is
> expected to focus on 2018-2021."
> Is that true? Should all the bid team except Montreal stop to spend their
> energy for the 2017 bid anymore, or should they keep contact the local
> venue and service providers to have a better research on their bid?
> I personally really want to have another Wikimania in Asia (if so, I won't
> have big jet lag issue, haha), I see WMID is putting some lot of efforts of
> their organization on the bid process (I was having a meeting with them for
> 2 hours to know better about the venue situation in Bali), so I ask this
> question. Just want to make sure how the follow up should go for the
> bidders before the community consultation in November to prevent burned out
> and reduce feeling of frustration.
> Best,
> Liang, Wikimedia Taiwan
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mexican case law on Wikipedia reliability

2015-06-17 Thread Paolo B.
The Philippines' Supreme Court has, on some occasions, cited Wikipedia
articles in their decisions to provide supplementary background
information. Here's one example---and one that was written as early as 2005!

(the citation is on Footnote #34, near the bottom of that page)

More examples can be found here:

There are probably more that doesn't show up on the Google search link
above. This is because the Supreme Court has published the more recent
decisions as PDF files. Since some of the decisions are scanned PDFs rather
than true PDFs, some recent Wikipedia citations might not have been indexed

Regards from Manila,

On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Tomasz Ganicz wrote:

 Szymon Grabarczuk (Tar Lócesilion) - made a study how many times Wikipedia
 was cited in Polish courts, by browsing public database of courts'

 He counted (till 2012) 223 such cases :-)

 Some uses of Wikipedia by the courts are quite controversial. I mean - it
 may happed that someone edit or even write an article in order to use it as
 an argument in the court. I personally would not liked to be judged based
 on Wikipedia entires :-)

 2015-06-17 10:49 GMT+02:00 Pine W

  To the best of my knowledge, the US Supreme Court has yet to cite
  Wikipedia, but US Federal appeals courts have done so. Also, a state
  supreme court cited Wikipedia prominently in a decision about insurance
  On Jun 16, 2015 5:35 PM, Salvador A wrote:
   Hi folks!
   This month one mexican federal court generated an interesting case law
   related to use of Wikipedia as source of knowledge on trials, specially
   law resolutions. The tribunal that solved this was the Tribunal
   Justicia Fiscal y Administrativa. This court is not the supreme court
   Mexico but is the most important tribunal after that one in all the
   related to tax and administrative law and its precedents are binding
   all mexican administrative authorities and al the judges on
   and fiscal law.
   The case law is the number VII-J-SS-191 and you can read it in the next
   (only in Spanish)
   The title is at the same time a brief of the content of the precedent,
   it can be translated in this way:
   *Wikipedia.- The information that is obtained from this website can
   to elucidate some controversial matter, thence the courtrooms of this
   tribunal may use it when ruling.*
   Inside the text the court makes a fair clarication: *It must not be
   only source of knowledge in which the resolutions are based on [...]
   judges must care about gathering diversity of sources of information
   as specialized books, encyclopedia, including the electronic ones,
   and others*.
   Maybe is just a curiosity, but for me is ilustrative of the good
   that our work is getting even in some closed circles as the law
   At least in Mexico is not common to see a court quoting Wikipedia, but
   maybe this first precedent might change the things.
   Do you know other similar case laws?
   *Salvador Alcántar*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED

2014-05-01 Thread Paolo B.
On behalf of Wikimedia Philippines, congratulations, Lila! We wish you
all the best and we look forward to working with you. Mabuhay at
maligayang pagdating!

Paolo Barazon
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Wikimedia Philippines

On 5/2/14, Markus Glaser wrote:
 Congratulations and a very warm welcome, Lila! Hope you will find it
 easy to be at home in the Wikimedia world. Thanks to everyone involved
 in the process. The task is not completely done, yet. Let us work
 togehter, with Lila, to make her start as smooth as possible!


 Am 01.05.2014 21:59, schrieb Tim Moritz Hector:
 A warm welcome from Germany and all the best for your new role at the
 Foundation, Lila!
 Looking forward to meeting you in real life, probably in London.

 Big thanks to the transition team for the hard work you've done in the
 past year.


 Am 01.05.2014 21:51, schrieb Chris Keating:
 Congratulations, Lila!
 On 1 May 2014 20:49, Frans Grijzenhout wrote:

 Welcome Lila, hope to meet you in person in London. And thanks to
  the other members of the transition team. I will forward this
 great news
 to the Dutch board  community.
 Frans Grijzenhout

 2014-05-01 20:15 GMT+02:00 Jan-Bart de Vreede

 Dear fellow community members,

 On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees I am
 delighted to
 announce that the new Executive Director of the Wikimedia
 Foundation will
 be Lila Tretikov. Lila is a widely respected Bay Area technology
 most recently with SugarCRM.

 As many of you know, about a year ago Sue Gardner announced she
 step down as our ED. As we launched the search for her successor, we
 some time working through the most critical requirements for the
 role. We
 decided the new ED should be someone with a product/engineering
 ideally in an open-source or other online community context. We wanted
 someone experienced with organisations that were growing, who'd
 staff and budgets comparable to ours, and who had experience creating
 continuous delivery of technology improvements in an agile context. We
 wanted a person who is oriented towards collaboration, transparency
 openness, with some experience with complex stakeholder
 environments, and
 with an international orientation. We knew we needed someone with
 and strong personal integrity, who wouldn't be intimidated by
 attempts to
 censor the projects.

 Lila is precisely what we set out to find.

 Lila was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States
 a teenager. She's been working for technology companies, primarily in
 source, in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. In 1999 she started her
 career at Sun Microsystems. Shortly afterwards she founded
 GrokDigital, a
 technology and design company. She spent three years as senior
 development at Telespree, a company that provides cloud-based wireless
 services for mobile carriers. For the past eight years, she was at
 SugarCRM, where she held positions of increasing responsibility as the
 organization grew, including being in charge of internal IT,
 customer support and professional services, engineering, and product
 development. She has a stellar reputation as a leader who is highly
 skilled, collaborative, open, passionate and curious.

 We think Lila will be a terrific fit for the ED role. The
 Transition Team
 (Phoebe, Alice, Kat, Sue, Erik, Geoff, Gayle and I) voted
 unanimously to
 recommend her to the Board, and the Board voted unanimously to
 accept the
 recommendation. She strikes all of us as smart, brave and
 and we believe she has the skills the WMF needs.

 Lila is going to spend the next few weeks in learning-and-listening
 and will take over the ED position from Sue at the end of the
 month. Her
 first priority will be to immerse herself in deepening her
 the Wikimedia projects.

 I want to close this announcement by saying a heartfelt and deeply
 appreciative thanks to Sue, who has been the Executive Director of the
 Wikimedia Foundation for the past seven years. When the Board and I
 Sue in 2007, we were just a chaotic little non-profit in small-town
 Florida, with a tiny staff and not much money. Over the past seven
 Sue's leadership has built the Foundation into an effective,
 and well-managed organisation, with integrity and a clear sense of
 and her steady and committed presence throughout the search process
 integral in helping us come to this excellent result. We will be
 grateful for her leadership and vision, and I hope we can continue to
 on her support in the months and years ahead.

 In June Sue will move into a new role as a special advisor to me and
 She'll also take a well-earned holiday, and maybe even a bit of a
 wiki-break, before beginning to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Yet Another Cybercrime Law (Philippines)

2012-10-02 Thread Paolo B.
Hello Benjamin,

As far as Wikipedia is concerned, some members of the Filipino editors'
community (myself included) are trying to gather a consensus before
requesting for a blackout of the English Wikipedia for the Philippines
(that is, a 24-hour blackout that will only take effect here and not
including other countries). We might probably include other local
Philippine-language Wikipedias as well, but that's still under discussion,

I have only been able to participate in soliciting the input of other Pinoy
WIkipedians (through messages in their Talk pages) just now, as I was away
from my desktop computers recently. So I'm not sure how many other Filipino
Wikipedians are yet to hear of our proposal. (This proposal, by the way, is
an initiative of the local editing community and is not an official action
of the local chapter, Wikimedia Philippines.)

Outside Wikipedia, however, the rage against the bill is pretty strong. A
lot of Filipinos have changes their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures
into a solid black square. Even a news website
( changed
its layout to a black background. There was a protest movement yesterday at
the Supreme Court, in support of the seven (7) petitions asking for a
temporary restraining order (TRO) of Republic Act 10175; however, no TRO
was issued yesterday as a number of judges were absent because of official
duties. Suffice it to say that, yes, there is a significant opposition to
the Cybercrime Law (specifically on the provisions on libel), and for sure
it will be in the news in the days to come

Paolo Barazon
Trustee, Wikimedia Philippines
(speaking on a personal capacity, not on behalf of Wikimedia Philippines)

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 6:57 AM, Benjamin Lees wrote:
 I suppose this is old news by now, but I haven't seen it mentioned here
 yet.  Are any projects taking action?
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