On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM, Ellie Young <eyo...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> On the recommendation of the Wikimania 2015 selection Jury Committee, we
> have accepted the proposal from Mexico DF to host. The proposal will be
> further vetted by the WMF staff in the coming month, after which time we
> hope to confirm the award.


Congrats to Wikimedia Mexico. :)

I have only one concern about possibly attending a Mexico City Wikimania,
which is safety. The bid on Meta sort of acknowledges this by saying
"Safety is like any big city, some areas are unsafe at night".

I feel a bit like a dumb, xenophobic American bringing this up, but I have
to be honest and say Mexico tends to have a reputation for violent
crime.[1] Sources do seem to suggest Mexico City proper may be
better,[2][3] but it would be comforting to hear how we've assessed the bid
regarding the safety issue, and how we're going to be prepared in case the
worst (robberies, kidnappings) do happen.

1.
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html
2.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/mexico-city/practical-information/health
3.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g150800-s206/Mexico-City:Mexico:Health.And.Safety.html
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