Hi all,

It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman commission. This commission works on all Wikimedia
projects to investigate complaints about violations of the privacy policy,
especially in use of CheckUser and Oversight tools, 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
appointment to this commission.* Commissioners should be experienced
Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used the
CheckUser/Oversight tool OR who have the technical ability to understand
the CheckUser/Oversight 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. (In the past, commissioners have retired from other roles that
could cause conflict.)

Commissioners must be willing to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and
to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as the access to
non-public data policy <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Access_to_nonpublic_information_policy> and
the privacy policy <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy>). 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
(kbr...@wikimedia.org <kbr...@wikimedia.org>) 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 2. Any timezone. :)

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

Thank you!

Karen Brown

Karen Brown
Community Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation
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