Hi Jim,

I'm afraid I don't quite follow.
1) I don't quite see how your question about servers and switches relates
to Stephen's statement. Could you explain for us mere mortals how you link
the two?
2) I somehow missed the commitment by the WMF to research "FEC requirements
of organized advocates for US political candidates' or anything that
suggests that the WMF may advocate for specific political candidates (which
seems a change of course that would be hard to sweep under the rug). Could
you quote?

Thanks.

Lodewijk

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 4:01 AM, James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com> wrote:

> How much would it cost to replace the servers and switches with open
> source hardware?
>
> Stephen, when do you expect to have the FEC requirements of organized
> advocates for US political candidates researched?
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Stephen LaPorte <slapo...@wikimedia.org>
> Date: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 2:23 AM
> Subject: [Publicpolicy] Update on FISA 702 reauthorization
> To: Publicpolicy Group for Wikimedia <publicpol...@lists.wikimedia.org>
>
>
> Hello All,
>
> Earlier this month, the Wikimedia Foundation, along with a coalition
> of 43 civil liberties, civil rights, and transparency organizations,
> signed a letter urging Congress to reform Section 702 of the Foreign
> Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that allegedly authorizes the
> mass surveillance challenged in our lawsuit, Wikimedia Foundation v.
> National Security Agency. In the letter, we urged Congress to oppose a
> straightforward reauthorization of the law and to support meaningful
> reforms.
>
> On January 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives quashed the
> opportunity for those reforms by voting to reauthorize Section 702
> with minimal changes. The bill then went to the U.S. Senate for
> further consideration. Despite opposition in the Senate from both
> major political parties, on January 16th, a filibuster to block the
> bill narrowly failed. Yesterday, the bill cleared the Senate, and it
> was signed into law today.
>
> Although we are deeply disappointed in this result, the Wikimedia
> Foundation will continue to fight for user privacy, including in
> Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA. We will keep you updated on further
> developments.
>
> Best,
> Stephen
>
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