Yana Welinder | 18 Nov 02:13 2014

Fwd: San Francisco: Speak out on net neutrality on Thursday, 11/20

Hi all, 

EFF asked us to pass on this invite to local Wikimedians who may be interested in attending an SF City Hall hearing on net neutrality. 


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From: April Glaser | EFF Activism Team <action-juUERV/Fi2c@public.gmane.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Subject: San Francisco: Speak out on net neutrality on Thursday, 11/20
To: Yana Welinder <yanawelinder <at> gmail.com>


Dear Yana,

You are invited to join EFF next Thursday, November 20, for a free public event on the quickly unfolding national debate on net neutrality, to be hosted at San Francisco City Hall.  

The event is “Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing on the Future of the Internet,” where you are invited to testify at City Hall about why net neutrality matters to Bay Area communities. Attendees will also receive an update from the lawyers, policy analysts, and activists who have been working on the front lines to make sure the FCC takes the right path forward.

Before the hearing, supporters will rally outside City Hall at 5:30pm and are encouraged to bring cell phones, laptops, and flashlights for a cell phone vigil and to hold signs and colorful art to demonstrate support for Internet freedom. Download this image to display on your screen at the rally.

What: “Bay Area Speaks: A People's Hearing on the Future of the Internet”

Who: Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps; Amy Sonnie, Outreach Director of the Oakland Public Library; Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco; Corynne McSherry, Director of Intellectual Property at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice; Tim Poznar of Fandor.com; and others.

Date: Thursday, November 20

Time: Rally – 5:30 pm, Hearing – 7 pm

Where: San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place; Room 305


The People’s Hearing comes at a key moment in the debate over net neutrality. Last Monday, President Barack Obama issued a statement in support of full, clear net neutrality rules, echoing the demands of the 4 million Americans who have spoken out in favor of the same reforms throughout the year. The FCC is weighing its options now and is expected to act as early as December.

It’s time to make sure California voices are heard in the national discussions.The fight isn’t over yet; come meet us at the front lines.

Hope to see you there,

April Glaser
Activism Team

PS: Can’t make it to the event? We’ll be streaming live starting at 7pm on Thursday, November 20.


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Aimi Watanabe | 6 Nov 02:14 2014

New in Town.

Dear Wikimedia-SF,

I moved here from NYC recently, and I was loosely involved with Wikimedia-NYC (they hosted the WikiConf this year). I'm interested in participating in a similar community of editors here in SF.

Is there already a regular meet-up? 

IF SO, please let me know how I can join.

IF NOT, then please let me know if you would like to help plan some edit-a-thons or other wiki-centric events!

Hope to hear from you,
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Litquake Edit-a-thon

Hello everyone,

You're invited!

San Francisco Meetup #22, the first ever Litquake Edit-a-thon, will occur in parallel with Litquake, the San Francisco Bay Area's annual literature festival. Writers from all over the Bay Area and the world will be in town during the nine day festival, so the timing is just right for us to meet, create and improve articles about literature and writers (... or anything else, of course). This event will include new editor training. All levels of Wikipedia editing experience are welcome. Create editors, create community, create content!

Event details -
  • Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • Time: 1–5pm
  • Location: Wikimedia Foundation offices (149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105)
  • What is this event?: This Edit-a-Thon will focus on creating, expanding, translating, and improving articles related to literature and writers.
  • What it isn't: This event is not officially sponsored by Litquake. 
  • Twitter: #editlitquake
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517224445160902/
  • Participants: Anyone can edit Wikipedia, including you! No wiki editing experience is necessary, and support will be on hand to help you out! Can't be there the whole time? No worries; join us as long as you can.
  • Computers: Participants should bring their own laptop and power cords.
  • Register here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco/Litquake_Edit-a-Thon
See you there!

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niki korth | 22 Aug 19:26 2014

Edit-a-thon for Zone9 bloggers this Sunday (8/24) in SF

Please join us this Sunday for an edit-a-thon at the Wikimedia Foundation office in support of the Zone 9 bloggers. 

Zone 9 is a group of bloggers and journalists based in Ethiopia who started a blog in 2012 in efforts to facilitate civic engagement and open discussion about Ethiopia. In April of this year, 6 members of the collective were arrested in Addis Ababa and now face terrorism charges for their work. Read more about their case here: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/31/the-zone-9-bloggers-are-writing-from-the-outer-ring-of-the-prison-the-nation-itself/

Endalkachew Chala, one of the co-founders of Zone 9 who has been a fellow with EFF for this summer, is helping to organize this edit-a-thon and will be joining us on Sunday. 

Please come to help us to improve articles about Ethiopia, freedom of the press, the Ethiopian constitution, digital journalism, the bloggers themselves, and more! 

Date/Time: Sunday 24 August, 1-5 pm
Where: 149 New Montgomery, San Francisco
What: Edit-a-thon for Zone9 bloggers


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Vicky Knox | 20 Aug 01:43 2014

SF LocalWiki City Knowledge Share SATURDAY

Join LocalWiki and Code for San Francisco for a day of sharing knowledge on government services! From bike lanes to healthcare, you may be surprised what resources our local government helps to provide. You may even surprise all of us with what you know!

We'll be adding our knowledge to the San Francisco LocalWiki (http://localwiki.net/sf), a collaborative community website where people share all kinds of information about the city of San Francisco. Bring a laptop if you have one, but we'll also have plenty to work on together.

This is a free event! Childcare and lunch (vegan & gluten-free available) will be provided. We'll have expert LocalWikians on hand to help participants.

RSVP: http://cityknowledgeshare.splashthat.com/

DATE: Saturday, August 23rd

TIME: 10:00am - 5:00pm

LOCATION: Code for America, 155 9th St, San Francisco (directions)
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マイキ | 18 Aug 09:39 2014

Oakland/SF wiki salon thing soon?

Hey MediaWiki SF Group and WikiBUG folks! We ought to meet up sometime in the next month (unless there's a
reason not to). I've been throwing around some ideas, both technical and philosophical, around wikae,
and I'd like to talk about it and hear responses by voices not in my head.

I am thinking we could make it relaxed, so maybe we meetup, do quick round of intros with ideas we want to talk
about, and then socialize. We did this at the last SF meetup I attended, and I liked it.

Quim, can we use the WMF office? If not, I can probably host at Impact HUB Oakland (near 19th St. BART). I'd be
interested in doing this more often than once a year, so let's discuss times and locations that make it easy
for folks to attend. ^_^


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Pine W | 18 Aug 08:57 2014

SF user group?

Hi SF Wikimedians,

I think we are getting near to the formal formation of Cascadia Wikimedians. There have been occasional questions about whether SF is forming its own user group or would like to be included in Cascadia. If you want to form your own group or want to remain unaffiliated, that is a decision that we will respect. If you would like to be included in Cascadia please let us know. We are currently proceeding with Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

From my point of view, SF is culturally similar to the three planned Cascadia territories and there would be an economy of scale in including SF in Cascadia.The downsides of including SF are geographic stretch and the complicated California regulatory environment. My feeling is that SF would do better as its own user group, but we are happy to collaborate with you or talk about including you in our membership if you are interested in affiliating with Cascadia.

Regards from your northern neighbor,


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Vicky Knox | 17 Jul 09:12 2014

SF Local Wiki gentrification editathon <at> Prelinger Library

Hello Historico-curious,

Do you often wonder what historical precedents have contributed to the current housing crisis? How do World War II-era booms weave into current displacement trends? What can the housing overcrowding, racism and displacement of yesterday tell us about today’s realities?

We’re excited to announce that the Prelinger Library has invited us to join them at the end of July for an editathon on gentrification in San Francisco! The Prelinger Library is a private collection of rare books, maps, zines and other ephemera held by Rick and Megan Prelinger, both “appropriation-friendly” librarians. Rick is well known in the film archive world for his fascinating collections of American home movies and for his work with the Internet Archive. Megan is a cultural historian, whose research and writing has ranged from artificial intelligence and information design to city planning and social theory. Megan will be curating a personalized collection of books and ephemera for us to use in our research.

Since the library study area is rather small, they have asked that we limit participant numbers. We’ve been hearing a lot of strong interest in this editathon, so in order to accommodate as many people as we can, we will be splitting research times into three groups:
  • Wednesday, July 23rd, 5-8:30 pm (6 spaces)
  • Saturday, July 26th, noon-3pm (12 spaces)
  • Saturday, July 26th, 3-6 pm (12 spaces)
Please RSVP either by emailing me privately or by adding your name to the wiki event page: <http://localwiki.net/sf/Gentrification_editathon>. Sign up for as many times as you'd like to attend, but if the slots get filled you may be asked to go to a less-popular time. Sorry! :P

301 8th Street (near Folsom Street)
Room 215
San Francisco, CA

The library collection is organized in order of proximity, starting with San Francisco and extending into outer space. :]

Let me know if you have any questions!

Take care,
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Karen Coyle | 11 Jul 18:05 2014

<at> congressedits

There is a new service developed by Ed Summers ( <at> edsu) that tweets edits 
made anonymously from the US Congress' IP range. The twitter handle is 
 <at> congressedits -- and it is very interesting! Especially from the point 
of view of potential conflict of interest. But it also may give, over 
time, a picture of how Washington-related information gets updated in WP.


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phoebe ayers | 11 Jul 00:28 2014

Fwd: FW: On the Future of Language with Global Lives and Long Now - July 22

Global Lives is hosting a program on endangered languages at the Long Now on July 22, which may be of interest to many on this list. See 

-- phoebe 

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To: Phoebe Ayers
Subject: On the Future of Language with Global Lives and Long Now - July 22

“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

On the Future of Language with Long Now and Global Lives:

Experts estimate that a language disappears every 14 days. At this rate, 90 percent of the world’s languages will no longer be spoken by the end of this century, and over 7000 languages will have fallen silent and with them vast knowledge and rich cultural heritage will be lost.


Linguistic diversity and biodiversity are closely linked and both are declining at unprecedented rates. Increased awareness of the problem has led to new efforts to document and preserve these languages and cultures.  David Evan Harris (Executive Director of Global Lives) and Long Now Foundation's Dr. Laura Welcher (Director of the Rosetta Project) present a special program about Endangered Languages with very special guest Mandana Seyfeddinipur (SOAS, University of London) for this Interval salon talk:



July 22, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm - Get your tickets here                                                                                                                             
On the Future of Language with Long Now and Global Lives

Special guest Mandana Seyfeddinipur, one of the foremost experts working to save endangered languages in her role at the The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at the SOAS, University of London, joins Long Now's Laura Welcher and Global Lives' David Evan Harris to talk about the importance of documenting and sustaining these languages and how the Global Lives / Global Voices project hopes to be part of the effort.

Get your tickets here



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Pete Forsyth | 7 Jul 20:30 2014

Wikipedia Barn Raising July 19, focusing on Open Education

Hi Bay Area wikifolk!

Please join us for a "Wikipedia Barn Raising" event focusing on Open Educational Resources (OER). The Barn Raising will happen on Saturday July 19th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time, at the Oakland Impact Hub, at 2323 Broadway (near the 19th St. BART station). Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Since 2012, we've been working to strengthen Wikipedia's coverage of OER and related topics. We've worked to build an international community around this goal at conferences, through our online "Writing Wikipedia Articles" (WIKISOO) course, and through the formation of WikiProject Open.

At the Barn Raising, we will focus on improving high-priority Wikipedia articles, and consider ways to strengthen WikiProject Open as a resource for staying connected, learning, and working together. We'll also welcome online participants from around the world, with collaboration tools and scheduled video check-ins.

Registration link:

Barn Raising registration form

Event page:

WikiProject Open Barn Raising

We hope to see you there, online or in person!

Best regards

Sara Frank Bristow

Pete Forsyth

Communicate OER/WikiProject Open

Communicate OER is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

p.s. If this message comes through twice, my apologies! I initially sent without a subject line, and I think the message got stuck in moderation as a result. Sorry for the mailing list faux-pas! --Pete

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