How forks and toilets used by Henry III of France became the hot political issue in Poland
Name(s) and/or username(s)
- Tomasz Ganicz, User:Polimerek
- Wikimedia Polska, President of the Board
- Wikimedia projects under political pressure
Type of submission (Please choose one)
- Presentation (one-to-many) +
- Open discussion (many-to-many)
There was always a political pressure on content in Polish Wikipedia from both left and right wing parties and their supporters, especially during election, but recently it started to be really aggressive. Not only edit wars, vandalisms or paid POV fighting but also treats and direct attacks in main-stream media as well as organized hate campaigns in twitter, facebook and other social media focused not only on content but also selected Wikipedians, especially those devoted to keep and follow NPOV. I will present the short story about how forks and toilets used by king Henry III of France became the hot political issue in Poland (really), how Polish Wikipedia become a target for pro-right wing hate farms and mainstream media hate campaign, and how we were trying to defence our core values and important Wikipedians.
I expect that the story will be just a good starting point to discuss the issue which is more and more important in our region (especially after ban of Wikipedia in Turkey) in order to exchange ideas what we can do and how we can support each other in the region when things turn really bad in the next countries. To which level we can accept governmental censorship? What measures to take to keep NPOV and other our core values but not being banned?
Duration (without Q&A)
Lecture: max. 15 - 20 min.