Past Wikimedia Community Advocacy

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Current Proposals

For the Wikimedia Foundation team that is responsible for engaging in public policy advocacy to protect the Wikimedia model, its people, and its values, see Global Advocacy.

This page describes the Wikimedia movement's advocacy agenda.

Get involved[edit]

  • The Public Policy Advisory Group (publicpolicy(_AT_) is an open discussion list about international policy and legal issues, and Wikimedia's role in such issues.
  • The EU policy initiative aimed to promote free knowledge in Europe. In 2022, representatives of 21 affiliates confirmed their commitment to found Wikimedia Europe in order to continue doing so through an association internationale sans but lucratif (AISBL).

Advocacy discussions and activity[edit]

Below is a list of Wikimedia community advocacy discussions, actions, and decisions. The list is non-comprehensive, but we encourage anyone aware of an advocacy-related discussion, consultation, or RFC to add to the list.

Action Dates Discussions and links Decision/Action
FairCopyrightOz: In support of Fair Use copyright exception for Australia May-July, 2017 Talkpage, en.wp consensus. Geolocalised banners, press, petition. No gov't action.
U.S. Copyright office workshop on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization May 20, 2014 Wikimedia DC draft comment Submitted comment
European Commission copyright consultation December 14, 2013 - January 27, 2014 Full set of questions Open
Joining the Edicts of Governments Petition (USA) May 2013 - (no close date proposed) Requests for comment/Support for US copyright amendment (edicts) Open
Proposed amendment to intellectual property law (Ukraine) January 10, 2014 Letter from Wikimedia UA, Draft blog post Blog finalized and posted.
"The Day We Fight Back" protests against mass surveillance February 14, 2014 Proposal on Jimmy's talk page, planning on English Wikipedia Date passed; no action.
Blog post on the public domain, for Copyright Week January 14, 2014 Draft blog post Blog finalized and posted.
Amendment for Industrial Property Law, Federal Law on Copyright and the Federal Penal Code, signed by Aurora Denisse Ugalde Alegría and Héctor Humberto Gutiérrez, of Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) Parliamentary Group (Mexico) December 9, 2013 Wikimedia Mexico's position Open letter sent to legislators
Opposing life + 70 copyright term under the Trans Pacific Partnership December 9, 2013 discussed with the Advocacy Advisory Group Wikimedia Foundation joined a letter to TPP negotiators
Opposing the Roskomnadzor's decision to blacklist Russian Wikipedia (Russia) July 2013 О возможной забастовке Википедии против Антипиратского закона
Russian Wikipedia's list of blocked sites
Opposing PRISM (USA) June 2013 - July 2013 Talk:PRISM Limited support for international opposition to government surveillance.
Opposing Taiwanese SOPA-like bill (Taiwan) May 2013 ZH Wikipedia discussion (bad link?)
Wikimedia TW blog
Bill withdrawn after Wikimedia Taiwan's opposition[1]
Opposing CISPA (USA) April 18, 2013 (proposed) - April 21, 2013 (closed) English Wikipedia RFC No action
Opposing Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Philippines) September 2012 - November 2012 Discussion on TL Wikipedia
Proposed TL Wikipedia banner
Discussion on EN Wikipedia
Blackout discussion suspended pending court decision
Opposing ACTA (International) July 2012 Comunicado de prensa acerca de la firma de ACTA en México Statement published
Opposing Federal Law № 139-FZ of July 28, 2012 (Russia) July 2012 Wikinews coverage of protest RU Wikipedia blackout
Joining the Internet Defense League (International) June 28, 2012 (proposed) - July 3, 2012 (closed) Internet Defense League RFC WMF should take no action
Opposing SOPA (USA) January 2012 Detailed information on Meta EN Wikipedia blackout
Opposing Italian defamation law (Italy) June 2011 Detailed information on Meta IT Wikipedia blackout



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