Hello all,

As the end of the year approaches, the Ombudsman Committee seeks new
members. This commission works on all Wikimedia projects to investigate
complaints about violations of the privacy policy, especially in use
of CheckUser
tools [1], and to mediate between the complaining party and the individual
whose work is being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel,
the Executive Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these
issues. For more on their duties and roles, see:


   - http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for this
commission. Commissioners should be experienced Wikimedians, active on any
project, who have previously used the CheckUser tool OR who have the
technical ability to understand the CheckUser tool and the willingness to
learn it. They are expected to be able to engage neutrally in investigating
these concerns and to know when to recuse when other roles and
relationships may cause conflict. It is important that volunteers for this
role commit to being active in their work on this commission, including
participating in email discussions and, ideally, occasional virtual

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as the access
to non-public data policy [2] and the privacy policy [3]). This is a
position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a note
at pearley@wikimedia detailing your experience on the projects, your
thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The
commission is deliberately quite small, so slots are limited, but all
applications are appreciated. The deadline for applications is January 1.
Any timezone. :)

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be interested.  Best regards,

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CheckUser_policy
[2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Access_to_nonpublic_data_policy
[3] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy

Patrick Earley
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation
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