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Hi everyone! The Ombuds commission (OC) and the Case Review Committee (CRC)
are looking for members. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or
encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to do so. There
is more information below about the opportunity and the skills that are

About the Ombuds commission

The Ombuds commission (OC) works on all Wikimedia projects to investigate
complaints about violations of the privacy policy, especially in use of
CheckUser <> and Oversight
<> (also known as
Suppression) tools. The Commission mediates between the parties of the
investigation and, when violations of the policies are identified, advises
the Wikimedia Foundation on best handling. They may also assist the General
Counsel, the Chief Executive Officer, or the Board of Trustees of the
Foundation in these investigations when legally necessary. For more on the
OC's duties and roles, see Ombuds commission on Meta-Wiki

Volunteers serving in this role should be experienced Wikimedians, active
on any project, who have previously used the CheckUser/Oversight tools OR
who have the technical ability to understand these tools and the
willingness to learn them. They must be able to communicate in English, the
common language of the commission. 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. Commissioners will
serve two-year
terms (note that this is different from past years, when the terms have
been for one year).

About the Case Review Committee

The Case Review Committee (CRC) reviews appeals of eligible Trust & Safety
office actions. The CRC is a critical layer of oversight to ensure that
Wikimedia Foundation office actions are fair and unbiased. They also make
sure the Wikimedia Foundation doesn’t overstep established practices or
boundaries. For more about the role, see Case Review Committee on Meta-Wiki

We are looking for current or former functionaries and experienced
volunteers with an interest in joining this group. Applicants must be
fluent in English (additional languages are a strong plus) and willing to
abide by the terms of the Committee charte
If the work resonates and you qualify, please apply. Committee members will
serve two-year terms (note that this is different from past years, when the
terms have been for one year).

Applying to join either of these groups

Members are required to sign the Confidentiality agreement for nonpublic
and must be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation
board policies (such as the access to non-public information policy
and the Foundation privacy policy
<>). These positions
require a high degree of discretion and trust. Members must also be over 18
years of age.

If you are interested in serving in either capacity listed above, please
write in English to the Trust and Safety team at ca[image: @]wikimedia[image:
.]org (to apply to the OC) or to the Legal Team at legal[image:
.]org (to apply to the CRC) with information about:


   Your primary projects

   Languages you speak/write

   Any experience you have serving on committees, whether movement or

   Your thoughts on what you could bring to the OC or CRC if appointed

   Any experience you have with the Checkuser or Oversight tools (OC only)

   Any other information you think is relevant

There will be two conversation hours to answer any questions that potential
applicants may have:


   17 October 2022, 03:00 UTC (other timezones
   <>) (Zoom meeting link)
   (add to calendar)

   16 November 2022, 18:00 UTC (other timezones
   <>) (Zoom meeting link)
   (add to calendar)

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2022 in any timezone.

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

On behalf of the Committee Support team,

Karen Brown
Trust & Safety Specialist
Wikimedia Foundation
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