Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/2019 Community Conversations/Product & Technology
What is your area of inquiry?
We have focussed on five areas believed to be relevant to our area of inquiry:
What is the current situation?
Why this scope?
It is aligned with the suggestions of the Core Team to “focus and prioritize the development of structures for continuous communication and ongoing connections between product / technology teams, groups, communities and other stakeholders in the movement and beyond”.
The aim of this work is accordingly to “create a sustainable and impactful platform not only for current and future product and technology needs of our movement, but also for driving the change towards becoming the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge.”
Because of that we have not included other aspects of strategy work beyond the suggestion of the core team which we believe are needed to meet the ambitions of our Strategic Direction.
Our platform is where coders, contributors and users meet.
Software is the platform where our content lives. Features are where our users interact with our content. We hope we can satisfy the software users better by organizing the movement structure and communication for the software development.
To become part of the infrastructure for free knowledge, we must integrate the volunteer developer community effectively into the wider technological ecosystem around it.
To pursue knowledge equity, our product and technology contribution processes must attract a diverse set of contributors, engage and empower them to become active participants in it.
Technology is a power multiplier. To achieve the ambitious goals our movement has set, we must invest in the capacity building of groups that are both supporting and part of the developer ecosystem to grow our efforts.
The more money we have available for it the better we can provide infrastructure, keep the things running that we have and develop them further. But that is also connected to questions like: where is the money coming from? Should technology be a source revenue? Who decides how it is spent on technology development and support? (further here)
Role in Society
The role of technology is not only to devise tools to face existing problems, it is also important to imagine future problems and think of ways of building alternate networks to overcome them. Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia with particular emphasis) have emerged as the gatekeeper for a healthy ecosystem of knowledge. Whether this will be a trend that our movement can keep up in the light of political and competitive pressure is important to discuss.