First, it's very well established that privacy is essential to not
just the creation of educational content by Foundation volunteers, but
to the ability of readers to have unfettered access to that content. I
am sure you are aware that the Foundation has been pursuing a lawsuit
for years against the U.S. government to protect readers privacy:

The European Commission is seeking the power to fine ISPs for breaches
to their users' privacy, which would certainly strengthen the
Foundation's projects' readers ability to access information without
threat of eavesdropping by commercial interests, such as having their
searches for medical conditions made available for sale to insurance
and marketing companies. If you have any reason to believe otherwise,
please say so.

Secondly, where did you find that mission statement you quoted? It is
not the one at

On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 12:02 AM, Rogol Domedonfors
<> wrote:
> James,
> Could you articulate how, in your view, the implementation of the proposed
> directive, or otherwise, would affect the Wikimedia Foundation's mission of
> "encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free,
> multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of
> these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge," please?  Because
> if you can't, then the answer to your question has to be "No, it isn't".
> "Rogol"
> On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 4:02 PM, James Salsman <> wrote:
>> Here is an interesting quote of a Mozilla Foundation lawyer from
>> to_slow_down_its_eprivacy_directive_process/
>> "draft Regulation imposes very specific restrictions on the technology
>> industry that may challenge the business models of some ISPs. In some
>> areas, obligations are proscriptive, undermining the principle of
>> technological neutrality that this legislation needs to withstand the
>> test of time in a rapidly changing environment"
>> Is it appropriate for the Wikimedia Foundation to respond to this sort
>> of thing? Mozilla is almost entirely funded by ad-supported
>> businesses at present.
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