I do not think that WMF's filing a suit against NSA should be a starting point for demanding the WMF to cure all the evils of the World, political or otherwise . Even handling the recognized problems of some minor Wikipedias fall outside the scope of the WMF.
Wikipedia is the Encyclopedia anyone can edit - except the WMF! (if they want to uphold their status as service provider). Regards, Thyge 2015-03-18 14:03 GMT+01:00 Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com>: > On Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 11:55 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > > > > > > On Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 10:14 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> > > wrote: > > > >> On Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.w...@gmail.com> > >> wrote: > >> > >> > >>> What other unfortunate laws are > >>> happening elsewhere in the world and how do we track and maybe act on > >>> those? > >> > >> > > > > Here is a concrete suggestion: > > > > Reach out to the most reputable human rights organisations. > > > > Starting with the countries at the bottom of the press freedom league > > table, have the human rights organisations form working groups to assess > > the relevant Wikipedia language versions for their coverage of the human > > rights situation in the countries they serve. > > > > If a working group finds that a Wikipedia language version does not > > accurately reflect the government's human rights record, issue a public > > warning that – in the human rights organisations' opinion – the Wikipedia > > in question appears to be subject to undue political manipulation. > > > > Provide funding for this work. Ensure high visibility for the resulting > > reports. Ideally, place a superprotected link to the report in the > > Wikipedia itself. > > > > This will increase the chances that the content will be accurate, while > > relieving pressure on activists in the countries concerned. > > > > Think of it as a "Wikipedia freedom index." > > > > > > One more case to illustrate the need. > > Human Rights Watch summarizes the situation in Uzbekistan as follows: > > ---o0o--- > > Uzbekistan’s human rights record is atrocious. Torture is endemic in the > criminal justice system. Authorities intensified their crackdown on civil > society activists, opposition members, and journalists. Muslims and > Christians who practice their religion outside strict state controls are > persecuted, and freedom of expression is severely limited. The government > forces more than one million adults and children to harvest cotton under > abusive conditions. Authorities still deny justice for the 2005 Andijan > massacre, in which government forces shot and killed hundreds of > protesters, most of them unarmed. Despite this, the United States and > European Union continue to advance closer relations with Uzbekistan, > seeking cooperation with the war in Afghanistan. > > ---o0o--- > > Here is the biography of Uzbekistan's president in the Uzbek Wikipedia, as > translated by Google: > > > https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fuz.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FIslom_Karimov&edit-text= > > Even from this broken translation, it is quite evident that this is another > hagiography, devoid of any hint of criticism. Here are some samples: > > ---o0o--- > > ... a well-thought-out program to build the country's economic foundation > ... > > Karimov initiative promoting global policy is always the best ideas in the > world, regardless of their point of view, it is known as a person who can > achieve the desired goal. He has been committed to peace and unity policy. > > Karimov new residential construction, including a great step-by Jolanda > prosperity of our ancestors, plays an important role in the implementation > of the economic capacity to build large enterprises, cities, towns, and > above all, a radical transformation of the capital, Tashkent, > < > https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://uz.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshkent&usg=ALkJrhguDlungYjoz2D8dUf12x2v7u6qjA > > > supervises > the work. > > Karimov to establish an independent state and a democratic civil society > based on the construction of the new century, the main directions of > development of the country has developed into a bright future in the way of > the people, it is the great goals. > > ---o0o--- > > The English Wikipedia biography of the president mentions dissidents > being boiled alive. > > Peter Hitchens wrote about this some years ago, in an article titled "Our > new best friends boil dissidents alive". > > Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan were among the countries represented > at the "Turkic Wikimedia Conference 2012", which according to the > documentation on Meta was coordinated by "Wikipedian of the Year" > winners Wikibilim, and financially supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. > > > >  http://www.hrw.org/europecentral-asia/uzbekistan >  > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_Karimov#Human_rights_and_press_freedom >  > > http://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-228241/Our-new-best-friends-boil-dissidents-alive.html >  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Turkic_Wikimedia_Conference_2012 > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>