Thank you for the update!

On Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 4:19 AM, Gregory Varnum <gvar...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Thank you to everyone that has provided thoughtful and constructive input
> on this discussion, and to the volunteers who are investigating the
> possible policy violations. We have some additional information on this
> vendor relationship and on steps being taken that we believe will be
> helpful to this discussion.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation entered into a short-term contract with Go Fish
> Digital to conduct a search engine optimization (SEO) audit on Wikipedia.
> They were contracted to provide information needed by the Audiences
> department to improve how our sites communicate with search engines and
> services which provide data to devices like artificial intelligence (AI)
> assistants. Overall, SEO performance is a strength of our projects, but we
> were able to identify areas for improvement, and the audit was helpful for
> Audiences to more effectively focus their efforts. During discussions about
> Wikimedia values and activities that were held in selecting the vendor,
> they did not disclose anything which raised suspicion, and we failed to
> identify this specific concern and question them about it more.
>
> The Foundation's Legal department received the proposal after it had been
> approved by Audiences and drafted a contract for this agreement following
> standard procedures. This included a privacy review, which resulted in the
> inclusion of extra privacy and security protections in the contract. Their
> activities did not involve reputation management services, and they did not
> request or receive access to any Wikimedia user data. The contract
> concluded last month.
>
> As we are now aware of the vendor's possible violations and feel they
> should have shared this information with us during discussions, we will not
> be pursuing any future working relationship with Go Fish Digital and will
> be requesting that they honor our contractual agreement by not discussing
> their past relationship with us for promotional purposes. Additionally, we
> are reviewing the way that this vendor was selected in an effort to see if
> we can identify what led to this issue and better identify these types of
> concerns when identifying future vendors and executing agreements with
> them. Finally, as they regularly do, our Trust and Safety team in Community
> Engagement are working with the functionaries investigating the possible
> policy violations.
>
> Again, we appreciate the attention provided to this by the functionaries
> and others who raised these concerns. We agree that the Foundation should
> avoid working with vendors who violate our policies, and hope the
> discussion around this will help reduce the chances of this happening in
> the future.
>
> Thank you,
> -greg
>
> -------
> Gregory Varnum
> Communications Strategist
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
> gvar...@wikimedia.org
> Pronouns: He/Him/His
>
>
> > On Jul 27, 2018, at 12:32 PM, Mario Gómez <mariogomw...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > I have gathered more evidence and opened a sockpuppet investigation,
> > omitting any parts involving personal data:
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_
> investigations/BurritoSlayer
> >
> > Personal data sent to functionaries-en@ is still relevant to verify some
> > details, but I think that it is not crucial anymore to prove Go Fish
> > Digital ongoing and undisclosed paid editing.
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 12:36 PM, Mario Gómez <mariogomw...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I will not post actual evidence to this mailing list. My notes as of
> >> Sunday are already sent to functionaries and I'm sure they will act on
> it
> >> themselves. As I collect more evidence, I might open a sockpuppet
> >> investigation on English Wikipedia anyway if there is enough of it to
> >> continue even without personal data, which is just a small part.
> >>
> >> On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 11:29 AM, <jay...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Without getting into whether an outing policy exists/applies here,
> please
> >>> bear in mind that if redaction is required, it is rather difficult to
> do
> >>> it
> >>> on a mailing list, especially a mailman mailing list like this one.
> >>>
> >>> i.e. Please avoid posting something here which may need redaction.
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Jul 26, 2018, 16:00 Isaac Olatunde <reachout2is...@gmail.com>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Hi Mario,
> >>>>
> >>>> I don't think it will be considered harassment if the information is
> >>> posted
> >>>> here. I believe the WP:OUTING applies to the English Wikipedia and
> this
> >>> is
> >>>> not English Wikipedia mailing list.
> >>>>
> >>>> Regards,
> >>>>
> >>>> Isaac
> >>>>
> >>>> On Jul 22, 2018 5:43 PM, "Mario Gómez" <mariogomw...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> There, is at least, one user that works for Go Fish Digital with a
> >>>> sockpuppet account in English Wikipedia and has denied conflict of
> >>> interest
> >>>> or paid editing disclosure even if he was asked too, since some user
> was
> >>>> suspicious. Should I send this privately? I don't want to incur in
> >>> spurious
> >>>> ousting/doxxing.
> >>>>
> >>>> Best,
> >>>>
> >>>> Mario
> >>>>
> >>>> On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 12:24 AM, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> Hi.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Go Fish Digital is a company that whitewashes Wikipedia. From its own
> >>>> site:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>> The primary platforms that define your online reputation include:
> >>>>>> [...]
> >>>>>> * Wikipedia
> >>>>>> [...]
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> With Online Reputation Management, we work hard to make all of the
> >>>>>> positive information easy to find.  At the same time, we use many
> >>>>>> different strategies and tactics to diminish the visibility of
> >>> negative
> >>>>>> content, or in some cases, remove it from the web altogether.  The
> >>> end
> >>>>>> result is a positive online reputation because when people search
> >>> your
> >>>>>> name or brand, they immediately find positive content.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Source: https://gofishdigital.com/online-reputation-management
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Wikimedia Foundation Inc. has been working with this company on
> search
> >>>>> engine optimization: <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T198970>. I
> >>>> have a
> >>>>> few questions about this work.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> How was this vendor chosen? Which other vendors were considered?
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Why is this work being undertaken? At least the English Wikipedia has
> >>>> some
> >>>>> of the best search engine results placement of any site on the Web,
> so
> >>>> I'm
> >>>>> curious to know who's prioritizing Wikipedia's search engine
> >>> optimization
> >>>>> and for what reason.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> How is it appropriate for Wikimedia Foundation Inc. to work with a
> >>>> company
> >>>>> that is, by its own admission, whitewashing Wikipedia? Doesn't this
> >>> give
> >>>>> Go Fish Digital a ton of legitimization by now being able to say it
> >>> works
> >>>>> directly with Wikimedia Foundation Inc. ("with Wikipedia")?
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Is it appropriate to give a company that sells whitewashing Wikipedia
> >>>>> services access to private user data, as was done in
> >>>>> <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T192893> and
> >>>>> <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T193052>? The Wikimedia
> Foundation
> >>>> Inc.
> >>>>> legal department apparently approved this access, but I'm curious to
> >>> know
> >>>>> why, given the company's role in selling an "Online Reputation
> >>>> Management"
> >>>>> product. This looks bad to me.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> MZMcBride
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
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