Wikimedia Conference 2012/Documentation/Day 1/Politics-lobbying
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- finding one's own role in context of copyright wars
- sopa, pipa, acta: same logic behind them
- cooperation between rights holders and service providers
- acta: vague and blurred language
- jan. 2012: shutdown wikipedia
- german clash of cultures: conservative tried to start shitstorm against german wikipedia on twitter
- in germany free knoweldge is associated with piracy
- how to communicate to the public what's at stake?
- language on acta is so vague that lawyers can't even give advice
- which side to be on as wikimedia official?
- hard work to keep up credibility
- need to professionalize in terms of old school lobbying
- legal restrictions in germany for how much lobbying a non-profit can do?
- no lobbying register yet in germany
- advocacy agenda of wikimedia is posted online
- general public is just realizing how copyright laws influence them
- difficult to create messages when acts (sopa, pipa etc.) are so vague: all get together for message
- shift the message to wikimedia and not only wikipedia
- who entitles us to this message? the community?
- we got a lot of power because we are loved by the public so much
- still no office in brussels
- wikipedia is neutral but the movement is not
- get rid of negative connotation of lobbying
- build up broad alliances throughout the field
- contact with NGOs or politicians at wikimania in d.c.
- need to talk about censorship when wikipedia expands to south: position of the foundation?
- no answer yet, foundation can't promise legal defense for people who get in trouble for editing wikipedia, focus efforts on maximizing effect - anything likely to help a large number of people is more likely to be funded.
Hope could help each other countries in copyright reform and notesharing on good and flawed lP laws
- subtle move towards censorship when people want their personal entries in wikipeda changed/deleted
- should foundations/chapters etc. act when censorship laws come into action?
- our mission is to create educational material
- alternative to sopa: OPEN act - collaboratively edited online.
- what is a democracy today? hard to create majorities for issues in europe
- need list of beliefs/values that we can cite
- more red tape in other countries, makes it hard to keep wikipedia articles intact, e.g. images/articles need to be taken down
- politics of licensing and lobbying for it
- have a common message, issue management, what are we advocating?, list of values, e.g. when talking to the media
- separation of tasks between foundation, chapters etc.
- incorporating human rights issues into our goals (censorship as obstacle to free knowledge) --> human rights that are related to our mission
- constituency matters (readers, editors, donors, re-users etc.)
- protect integrity and credibility of the brand
- use chapters council to coordinate actions
- wikimedia foundation office in brussels? resources? outsourcing?
create global partnerships and relationships!