Anthony writes: "I wonder if the WMF will shut down in protest should one of the proposals to amend the constitution to overturn Citizens United gain traction in Congress."
I'm not speaking for WMF, but I don't see the connection here. Wikimedia Foundation, as a corporation, is profoundly regulated in what it can and cannot do politically, and is even more regulated by virtue of its being a nonprofit corporation (NGO). There's no Citizens United connection with regard to anything being discussed here. As is generally known, I favored the English Wikipedia blackout with regard to SOPA/PIPA, and I also supported the Italian Wikimedians' earlier blackout, driven by fear of (effectively) similar regulation. At the heart of the Wikipedia/Wikimedia projects' success is democratic action, driven by those who are engaged in the process of promoting, supporting, and maintaining these projects. So my instinct is to believe, respect, and support the Russian-language Wikimedia project activists' decision to demonstrate in an effective way that what we all are working on here is under threat by ill-considered legislation by legacy governmental traditions that are used to having their own top-down way. To my Russian comrades: I am with you. --Mike _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l