Thanks Yael and all for hosting this!  A great conversation which we should
revisit regularly.

On Thu, Mar 9, 2023 at 4:40 PM Yael Weissburg <>

> Hi Everyone,
> Last year, as part of our annual planning process, the Wikimedia
> Foundation shared a list of external trends
> <>
> that we believed were likely to significantly impact the context in which
> the Wikimedia movement operates. Our focus at the time was on the changing
> nature of search, the astronomical rise in the global demand for content,
> and rich media content in particular, and the concerning rise of
> misinformation and disinformation. We heard from many in our movement about
> additional trends that our movement faces that we didn’t include in that
> list, but that are critical to how we as a movement operate, including the
> de-prioritization of investigative journalism, and the damage to GLAM
> institutions wrought by the global pandemic.
> As part of this year’s annual planning process, we set out to update that
> list. In particular, we’ve been tracking recent advancements in artificial
> intelligence (AI). In our recent Diff post on the topic, [1] we noted some
> risks as well as some potential opportunities for our movement as this
> technology continues to evolve. Since there has been a great deal of
> interest in and discussion about AI products like ChatGPT and what it means
> for Wikimedia over the past few months (including several threads on the
> topic on this mailing list), we’d love to explore this topic in more depth
> with you and continue the conversation about its implications for us as a
> free knowledge movement.
> I’d like to invite you all to an open call on 23 March at 18:00 UTC (find
> your local time here) [2] where we can share reflections on the
> opportunities, risks, and questions we see raised by new AI tools and
> products.
> The call will be held on Zoom. If you’re interested in joining, email
> and we will share the Zoom link with you via email.
> We will work to coordinate interpretation for languages where there are 3
> or more interested community members; please email
> with interpretation requests as well.
> For those who are unable to join the call, but interested in following and
> contributing to the conversation, we plan to share notes on our External
> Trends Meta page [3] afterward so that you can add your thoughts.
> Whether in person or on-wiki, I hope you’ll share your ideas so that we
> can all get a broader understanding of the potential benefits and
> challenges of this emergent technology. Looking forward to the discussion!
> Best,
> Yael Weissburg
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> *Yael Weissburg* (she/her)
> VP, Partnerships, Programs & Grantmaking
> Wikimedia Foundation <>
> M: (+1) 415.513.6643
> I work from San Francisco. My time zone is UTC -7/-8.
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