Oliver Keyes | 31 Mar 02:15 2015
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Re: Announcing: The Wikipedia Prize!

So, let me get this right:

1. You announced that, as David puts it, noting anonymous IPs is the
same as all-the-NSA-stuff-ever;
2. People disputed it, but suggested you go form local consensus that
this was problematic or participate in efforts to improve how we mask
and handle data if that doesn't work for you;
3. You decided that this was hard and a satirical breaching experiment
would be more enjoyable?

I'm...really not sure how this could possibly seem like a constructive
way to go about solving for this problem, to you. Andrew Gray's advice
is good advice, and still stands.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 6:43 PM, Robert Rohde <rarohde <at> gmail.com> wrote:
> So, you are offering a prize equivalent to US $2.50?  Not exactly an
> inspirational amount of money (though perhaps that is the point).
>
> -Robert Rohde
>
> On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Brian <reflection <at> gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I'm sure many of you recall the Netflix Prize
>> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix_Prize>. This is that, for Wikipedia!
>>
>> Although the initial goal of the Netflix Prize was to design a
>> collaborative filtering algorithm, it became notorious when the data was
>> used to de-anonymize Netflix users. Researchers proved that given just a
>> user's movie ratings on one site, you can plug those ratings into another
>> site, such as the IMDB. You can then take that information, and with some
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Brian | 30 Mar 00:25 2015
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Announcing: The Wikipedia Prize!

I'm sure many of you recall the Netflix Prize
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix_Prize>. This is that, for Wikipedia!

Although the initial goal of the Netflix Prize was to design a
collaborative filtering algorithm, it became notorious when the data was
used to de-anonymize Netflix users. Researchers proved that given just a
user's movie ratings on one site, you can plug those ratings into another
site, such as the IMDB. You can then take that information, and with some
Google searches and optionally a bit of cash (for websites that sell user
information, including, in some cases, their SSN) figure out who they are.
You could even drive up to their house and take a selfie with them, or
follow them to work and meet their boss and tell them about their views on
the topics they were editing.

Here, we'll cut straight to the privacy chase. Using just the full history
dump of the English Wikipedia, excluding edits from any logged-in users,
identify five people. You must confirm their identities with them, and
privately prove to me that you've done this. I will then nominate you as
the winner and send you one million Satoshis (the smallest unit of Bitcoin,
times 1 million), in addition to updating this thread.

I suspect this challenge will be very easy for anyone who is determined.
Indeed, even if MediaWiki no longer displayed IP addresses, there would
still be enough information to identify people. Completely getting rid of
the edit history would largely solve the problem. In the mean time, this
Prize will serve as a reminder that when Wikipedia says "Your IP address
will be publicly visible if you make any edits." what they mean is, "People
will probably be able to figure out where you live and embarrass you."

An extra million Satoshis for each NSA employee that you identify. A full
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Juliet Barbara | 27 Mar 22:26 2015
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[Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Kourosh Karimkhany as VP of Strategic Partnerships

This press release is also available online here:

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimedia_Foundation_welcomes_Kourosh_Karimkhany_as_VP_of_Strategic_Partnerships

A version of this as a blog post is available here:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/27/wmf-welcomes-vp-partnerships/

Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Kourosh Karimkhany as VP of Strategic
Partnerships

   - *New position to advance knowledge and mission through strategic
   collaboration *

The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to welcome Kourosh Karimkhany as Vice
President of Strategic Partnerships on March 30, 2015. In this newly
created role, Kourosh will initiate, maintain, and grow strategic
relationships and partnerships that advance the Wikimedia mission, support
the community, and increase access to knowledge globally.

Today, Wikipedia attracts nearly half a billion visitors and more than 20
billion page views each month. At the same time, hundreds of millions of
people interact with data and content from the Wikimedia projects on third
party platforms and properties. Our mission is to make the sum of all human
knowledge freely available to the world, and content distribution and
sharing play a key role in that process.

The Wikimedia Foundation has created this new strategic role to identify
and manage these opportunities, and convert some of them into sharing and
distribution partnerships in order to advance our mission. Kourosh joins us
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rupert THURNER | 30 Mar 08:35 2015
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IEG page on mobile

Hi,

I was just wondering if any of you looked at the IEG page on a mobile phone:
http://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

For me this experience looks rather broken.

Best,
Rupert
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Lodewijk | 28 Mar 09:49 2015

function titles 'n stuff

Hi,
Actually, not so much a personel org chart, but rather a general
description what the function titles mean (ED, Director, Manager, Chief,
Head etc.), which supposedly should be much more stable and therefore
easier to grasp? For someone not embedded in US company nomenclature this
is all quite confusing and the general description articles on enwiki are
not very helpful either...

Lodewijk

On Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 12:47 AM, MZMcBride <z <at> mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> Lodewijk wrote:
> >In Wikimedian spirit, i would like to take the opportunity to ask the
> >silly question: is the structure of what all titles in Wikimedia mean,
> >described somewhere? Because to be honest, I'm getting all confused about
> >who ranks what in the structure of directors, vice presidents, chiefs,
> >heads, managers and seniors. I was, silly me, always under the impression
> >that a Vice President was basically just below the ED - on the C-level.
> >
> >I was looking for this info to be perhaps linked from the staff &
> >contractors page on wmfwiki, but i don't seem to be able to find it. Could
> >someone enlighten, and perhaps add it somewhere if not there yet? I recall
> >having asked this question also a few years back and that a list was made,
> >but I can't find it any longer...
>
> Hi.
>
> I think you're talking about an org chart here. The Wikimedia Foundation
> used to have one, but they're kind of annoying to maintain and any public
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Wikipedia Signpost | 26 Mar 20:33 2015
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[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost - Volume 11, Issue 11 - 18 March 2015

We apologize for the late delivery of this to the mailing list; some
technical glitches in our publication process are currently being ironed
out. We plan to publish another issue shortly. Thank you for your
understanding.

-- Go Phightins!, *Signpost* co-editor-in-chief

From the editor: A salute to Pine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-18/From_the_editor
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-04/From_the_editor>

News and notes: SUL finalization imminent; executive office shakeups at the
Wikimedia Foundation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-18/News_and_notes
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-04/Editorial>

In the media: NYPD editing articles regarding allegations of police
brutality and misconduct
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-18/In_the_media

Op-ed: Does the Wikimedia fundraising survey address community concerns?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-18/Op-ed
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-04/Traffic_report>

Featured content:
A woman who loved kings, a king who loved angels, a god who loved women, a
butterfly that loves sunshine, and a bloke on a bike (and other mythical
creatures)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-18/Featured_content
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-04/Featured_content>
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Lila Tretikov | 27 Mar 21:13 2015
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Introducing Kourosh Karimkhany, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Dear Wikimedians,

In order to encourage the expansion of knowledge, we’ve been considering
new ways to support and develop the work you do. Collaboration is an
essential part of the Wikimedia movement, and today, I’m excited to let you
know about a new addition at the Wikimedia Foundation that will support our
collaboration with like-minded organizations.

For some time now, we’ve planned to hire a Vice President of Strategic
Partnerships. Today, I am pleased to announce that Kourosh Karimkhany will
step into this role on March 30, 2015.

Kourosh will be responsible for crafting a strategy to grow long-term value
for Wikimedia projects through building meaningful partnerships, projects,
and relationships on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation. He will become
part of the C-level team and will report to Lisa Gruwell. Kourosh will also
oversee Wikipedia Zero, which will transition to the partnerships team.

The Wikimedia community has many fruitful and creative partnerships that
help support knowledge creation and sharing around the world. The
partnerships Kourosh will support will will help us better support these
partnerships and your work, as well as grow strategic initiatives we take
on at the WMF.

Kourosh was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. as a child with his family.
Today, he is an experienced digital media professional with a passion for
sharing information with the world. He started his career as a technology
journalist covering Silicon Valley for Bloomberg, Reuters and Wired. He
switched to the business side of media when he joined Yahoo as senior
producer of Yahoo News. Later, he led corporate development at Conde Nast
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Christophe Henner | 27 Mar 18:54 2015
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[FDC] Wikimedia France - Proofreading our proposal

Hi everyone,

Like last year, we've published our work in progress FDC proposal on meta :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form

We are currently in the process of improving and proofreading it with our
members .

If you have time to spare and are interested in this, please feel free to
prrofread it or ask questions on the talk page. Don't be afraid, we wrote
less than last year, and this year's half the length of the last one!

In the mean time, if you spot errors or parts you don't totally get, please
tell us, we'll do our best to improve it before Monday evening.

Also, if you have any questions regarding our programs for next year, don't
wait Tuesday to ask us questions about it.

Thanks to anyone who will help us improve our proposal.

All the best,

Christophe HENNER | Président
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Rob | 27 Mar 04:20 2015
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[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost – Volume 11, Issue 12 – 25 March 2015

The Signpost – Volume 11, Issue 12 – 25 March 2015

________________________________

News and notes: Wikimedia Foundation adopts open-access research policy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/News_and_notes

Op-ed: How my father's railroad image collection now benefits the
world: the value of digitization
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Op-ed

Featured content: A carnival of animals, a river of dung, a wasteland
of uncles, and some people with attitude
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Featured_content

Special report: Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Special_report

Traffic report: Oddly familiar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Traffic_report

Recent research: Most important people; respiratory reliability;
academic attitudes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Recent_research

Blog: The Wikipedia Library Team reflects on its new Visiting Scholars program
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Blog

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Rob | 27 Mar 04:21 2015
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The Signpost – Volume 11, Issue 12 – 25 March 2015

The Signpost – Volume 11, Issue 12 – 25 March 2015

________________________________

News and notes: Wikimedia Foundation adopts open-access research policy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/News_and_notes

Op-ed: How my father's railroad image collection now benefits the
world: the value of digitization
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Op-ed

Featured content: A carnival of animals, a river of dung, a wasteland
of uncles, and some people with attitude
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Featured_content

Special report: Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Special_report

Traffic report: Oddly familiar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Traffic_report

Recent research: Most important people; respiratory reliability;
academic attitudes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Recent_research

Blog: The Wikipedia Library Team reflects on its new Visiting Scholars program
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-25/Blog

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Praveena Maharaj | 27 Mar 00:09 2015
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** DATE CHANGE ** Invitation to WMF March 2015 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Wednesday, April 8, 18:00 UTC

Dear all,

The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). Please note, on
this occasion, we are holding this meeting on the second Wednesday in
April.

The IRC channel is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will
be broadcast as a live YouTube stream.

Each month at the metrics meeting, we will:

* Welcome recent hires
* Present reports/updates that are focused on a key theme or topic: the
theme for April's meeting is Fundraising
* Engage in questions/discussions

Please review
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about how to participate.

We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.

Thank you,
Praveena

--

-- 
Praveena Maharaj
Executive Assistant to the VP of Product & Strategy and the VP of
Engineering
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