Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017/Programme/Submission/Wikipedia and advocacy: impermissible or necessary?

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Wikipedia and advocacy: impermissible or necessary?[edit]

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Eva Lepik
Wikimedia Eesti, bored member
Raul Veede, User:Oop
Estonian Wikipedia admin


  • Legal and copyright issues and advocacy
  • (Media outreach)
  • (Wikimedia projects under political pressure)
  • CEE input to the Wikimedia movement strategy (hopefully)

Type of submission[edit]

  • Presentation (two-to-many), hopefully followed by open discussion (many-to-many)


While there is a lot of ambivalency in the Wikimedia movement about its involvement in public policies, we are actually already active in those matters. Still, as each country and language community is acting on its own, there is no actual consensus about how much, in which matters, in which ways and to which extent we should take part in the public discussion and action on the legal environment that influences free culture in general and Wikipedia as its essential part in particular.

Building on the example of Wikimedia Eesti’s campaign for bringing Freedom of Panorama to Estonia, we’re going to ask the fundamental questions concerning the relations between Wikimedia movement and its concern about our legal environment: what can we do? what should we do? how can we do it?

Target group: anyone willing to think about Wikimedia movement's role in society.

Expected outcomes[edit]

We hope to initiate discussion (both on-site and further on-line) on how to reach, or at least move towards some kind of common ground on our approach to public policy issues in the CEE region. Hopefully, our presentation might also click with User:Polimerek’s proposed talk on hot political forks and toilets.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

15-20 minutes.

Specific requirements[edit]


Slides or further information[edit]


Interested attendees[edit]

  1. User:Oop
  2. et:User:Pseudacorus