Diversity, leadership and safety for a thriving movement — a short-term plan

Movement diversity, Community leadership development, Diverse content, and Safe and secure spaces: these are the current top priorities of the Community Engagement department (CE) at the Wikimedia Foundation. Dozens of programs and activities are being developed around these priorities in collaboration with other Foundation teams, affiliates and groups of volunteers. 

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Desktop improvements – A request for feedback

The Readers Web team at the WMF will work on some improvements to the desktop interface over the next couple of years. The goal is to increase usability without removing any functionality. We have been inspired by changes made by volunteers, but that currently only exist as local gadgets and user scripts, prototypes, and volunteer-led skins. We would like to begin the process of bringing some of these changes into the default experience on all Wikimedia projects.

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Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse – Highlights from the first unit of the online course

Earlier this year, the Education Team at the Wikimedia Foundation launched the first edition of the Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse. This pilot project uses a startup incubator model alongside a rigorous online course in Wikimedia & Education project management to equip Wikimedians with the skills, knowledge and support they need to bring their ideas to life and scale them into high-impact education initiatives in their communities. It supports project leaders to structure their activities on the idea of knowledge equity, considering the challenges and opportunities of their Wikimedia community and their local education contexts.

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Community Wishlist Survey 2020: New Format

Schedule

All phases of the survey begin and end at 18:00 UTC.

  • Submit, discuss and revise proposals: October 21 to November 11, 2019
  • Community Tech reviews and organizes proposals (includes time set aside for the Wikimedia Technical Conference): November 5 to November 19, 2019
  • Vote on proposals: November 20 to December 2, 2019
  • Results posted: December 6, 2019

There is a new format for 2020 Survey!

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Who are the organizers that grow Wikimedia’s communities? New research on actors that bring energy to the Wikimedia movement

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Wikimedia Summit 2019 – 294.jpg ( ) by Jason Krüger for Wikimedia Deutschland , CC-BY-SA-4.0.

The face of Wikipedia’s volunteer community is often an editor—someone who maintains, edits, and writes facts in the vast online encyclopedia. But editors aren’t the only contributors to Wikipedia, WikiCommons, and the other Wikimedia projects: there are many other volunteers who contribute by organizing events and inspiring others to join our volunteer community. Their work, though not as overtly visible, is also incredibly important and vital to the growth of our movement.

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Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Amanda Keton as General Counsel

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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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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.
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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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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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Update on Wikimedia site and system outages

Hello everyone,

By now you are likely aware that the Wikimedia sites suffered from a relatively significant botnet driven DDOS attack on September 6th, taking them offline in several countries throughout the day. This primarily affected Wikipedia access in Europe and the Middle East. We posted a short update of the event on our website.[1]

I would like to thank everyone who stepped up to support the restoration of our projects,  including the fast reporting of community members throughout the world and our security and engineering teams who worked long hours to address many complex issues surrounding the attack and our response—the Site Reliability Engineering team in particular. 

The Wikimedia Foundation leadership team is proud to work with such talented and dedicated staff and supporters.

Yours,

Heather

[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/09/07/malicious-attack-on-wikipedia-what-we-know-and-what-were-doing/

“Today, Wikipedia was hit with a malicious attack that has taken it offline in several countries for intermittent periods. The attack is ongoing and our Site Reliability Engineering team is working hard to stop it and restore access to the site.

As one of the world’s most popular sites, Wikipedia sometimes attracts “bad faith” actors. Along with the rest of the web, we operate in an increasingly sophisticated and complex environment where threats are continuously evolving. Because of this, the Wikimedia communities and Wikimedia Foundation have created dedicated systems and staff to regularly monitor and address risks. If a problem occurs, we learn, we improve, and we prepare to be better for next time.

We condemn these sorts of attacks. They’re not just about taking Wikipedia offline. Takedown attacks threaten everyone’s fundamental rights to freely access and share information. We in the Wikimedia movement and Foundation are committed to protecting these rights for everyone.

Right now, we’re continuing to work to restore access wherever you might be reading Wikipedia in the world. We’ll keep you posted.”

Originally posted by Heather Walls to Wikimedia-l on 7 September, 2019.