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Agenda for the June 2018 WMF Board meeting[edit]

First, thank you for publishing Wikimedia Foundation board agenda 2018-06 further in advance of the Board meeting than has been the practice in the past. I hope that Board agendas will consistently be published at least two weeks in advance of Board meetings.

Second, and less happily, someone appears to be prognosticating for the Board about what it will do at the meeting. There should be no guarantee that "The Board will approve the Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2018-19"; what is more likely is that the Board will consider approving the Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2018-19. Revising the AP before approving it, tabling the approval until a future meeting, and rejecting the AP are all options that the Board has. Similarly, there should be no guarantee that the Board will "approve a donation for Fiscal Year 2017-18" to the Endowment. What is more likely is that the Board will consider approving a donation for Fiscal Year 2017-18 to the Endowment. I would encourage the Board and staff to be more cautious about forecasting what the Board will do.

Thanks, --Pine 18:47, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Because no one has responded to my concerns regarding the formulation of the Board's meeting agenda, and a disturbing length of time has passed, I am pinging Schiste. --Pine 01:05, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Is anyone from the Board monitoring this page? My comment from June should have been easy to address, and the lack of response makes me think that there are deeper problems here than mishandling of the Board agenda. I am now pinging the Board sercretary, User:EHershenov (WMF), to ask for a response to my original concern and an explanation about the lack of response so far. --Pine 23:43, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Statement Opposing the EU Copyright Package[edit]

The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the world's largest online repository of free knowledge, believe that the European Union's proposed copyright directive is a threat to essential human freedoms. If passed, it would limit free expression, and cause serious harm to collaboration and diversity online.

Over the last few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has been watching developments around new proposed copyright laws in Europe very closely.

On June 20, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to support proposed copyright laws that, if enacted, will significantly limit the openness of the internet, diminishing the ability of people around the globe to access knowledge, while stifling innovation and imposing what we believe will be unreasonable costs on new or smaller websites. We expressed our opposition to these proposals at the time, and the Wikimedia Foundation -- along with many in the Wikimedia movement—advocated against them. We now do so again as we approach July 5th, which will be another critical moment in the legislative process as the issue comes up for a vote once again.

The Wikimedia Foundation and its projects exist to harness the power of a free and open web to make knowledge more accessible for everyone. Our mission to create a world where everyone can share in the sum of human knowledge requires a web in which all people can freely collaborate to create and access knowledge.

This flawed EU copyright proposal contradicts that vision.

Instead of truly modernizing copyright for Europe and promoting everyone's participation in information society, the proposal threatens freedom online and creates new obstacles to access by imposing new barriers, filters, and restrictions.

We are committed to remaining a strong advocate and partner for enabling society's ability to share and curate knowledge in free and open spaces.

Now is the time to stand up for the free and open internet.

Today we, as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, unanimously and strongly, urge the European Parliament and Council to oppose the proposed directive in its current version and stand on the side of the people in Europe. Please read the Wikimedia Foundation's statement on EU copyright reform and take action at ChangeCopyRight.org.

On behalf of the Board, Raystorm (talk) 13:03, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. Copied to EU policy/Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Statement Opposing the EU Copyright Package and made translatable. --Nemo 17:25, 29 June 2018 (UTC)