Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Amanda Keton as General Counsel

Amanda Keton Tides Advocacy
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The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Amanda Keton as General Counsel. Amanda brings more than a decade of legal, nonprofit management, and compliance experience to the role. She will join the organization on 7 October.

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Tech News (2019, week 40)

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Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available.

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Wikipedia’s JavaScript initialisation on a budget

This week saw the conclusion of a project that I’ve been shepherding on and off since September of last year. The goal was for the initialisation of our asynchronous JavaScript pipeline (at the time, 36 kilobytes in size) to fit within a budget of 28 KB – the size of two 14 KB bursts of Internet packets.

In total, the year-long effort is saving 4.3 Terabytes a day of data bandwidth for our users’ page views.

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Wikimedia login comes to Wikimedia Space

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Wikimedia login has been successfully deployed on Wikimedia Space. This feature allows users to log in to Space directly with their Wikimedia accounts, no Phabricator account required. Logging in or creating an account is now just as simple as a few clicks. This feature is critical to improving the accessibility of Space, and greatly facilitates the process for anyone who’s interested in joining.

Enabling Wikimedia login has been the first step, and there is more:

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“Wikipedia, women, indigenous languages and ancestral knowledge from the global south in the Colombian context” – second project workshop report

ISUR and Wikimedistas de Colombia hosted a workshop on August 24th and 25th in Maicao, Guajira. This workshop takes place within the framework of the project “Wikipedia, women, indigenous languages, ancestral knowledge from the global south“. In this workshop we met Wayuu women leaders along with members of Fundacion Karisma, Wikimedia Colombia and ISUR.

We have several activities, one entitled “Weaving the network”, in which we talk about roles and objectives individually but also in groups and from communities and organizations. We also had a collective discussion regarding the policies and pillars of contribution to Wikiakuaipa (Wikipedia in Wayuunaiki) among which we found: to have reliable sources as referents; to respect the perception of all the people who participate; verification of the information; nobody is the owner of the truth; and we were wrong but we tried.

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Round-up of Small Wiki Toolkits at Wikimania 2019

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Small Wiki Toolkits focus area introduced in the opening ceremony at Wikimania 2019 / CC-BY-SA-4.0, Mike Peel

The Small Wiki Toolkits project kicked off as a focus area at this year’s Wikimania Hackathon in Stockholm. The project included sessions and discussions on topics that continued into the main conference. The goal of the Small Wiki Toolkits focus area was to support small wikis and communities that don’t have many technical contributors and to help connect developers and editors with each other. 

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How the Wikimedia Foundation is making efforts to go green

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Norsk bokmål: Frodig gårdsmiljø i Gamla stan – Stockholm.
English: Green city environment.
Frodig gårdsmiljø i Gamla stan – Stockholm – October 2015 – Holmstad – B.JPG () by Øyvind Holmstad, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

We at the Wikimedia Foundation strive to ensure that our work and mission support a sustainable world.

Today, we are releasing a sustainability assessment that chronicles the total carbon footprint of the Foundation’s work and commits us to reducing our emissions.

This plan, over two years in the making, will commit us to becoming more environmentally sustainable and conscious of our environmental impact while we work to make free knowledge available to every human being. You can read the full document on Wikimedia Commons, which holds much of the media used on Wikipedia, and find a short summary of the report below.

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Help the movement learn about content campaigns! Give us feedback on a campaign organizer framework

If you are active in the international Wikimedia community, there is a good chance that you have participated in one of the movement’s annual campaigns: #1lib1ref, Wiki Loves Monuments, Art+Feminism, CEE Spring, Wikipedia Asian Month, Wiki Loves Africa and so many more short term or long term campaigns. These events inject energy, focus and new content onto Wikimedia projects and are often one of the first activities that helps a group of organizers to come together and form affiliates. 

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Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Grant Ingersoll as Chief Technology Officer

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The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Grant Ingersoll as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Grant brings two decades of experience in open source software development and natural language processing engineering to the Foundation. He will join the Foundation on 23 September.

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