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[Wikimedia-l] Ombuds Commission now accepting nominations for 2020

Karen Brown
Hello all,

Please accept my apologies if you are receiving this a number of times
today. We have sent it out to multiple mailing lists in order to reach as
many community members as possible. Please feel free to forward this to any
other community mailing lists you believe are relevant.

It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman Commission (OC). This commission works on all
Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser and Oversight tools, and to
mediate between the complaining party and the individual whose work is
being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
more on their duties and roles, see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be
experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board
policies (such as the access to non-public data policy[1] and the privacy
policy[2]). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion
and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me (
[hidden email]) an email off-list to detail your experience on the
projects, your thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the
role. The commission typically consists of ten members; all applications
are appreciated and will be carefully considered. The deadline for
applications is the end of day on 31 December, 2019.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be qualified and  interested.

Thank you!

-Karen Brown

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Trust & Safety team

1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Access_to_nonpublic_information_policy
2. https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy

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Karen Brown
Trust & Safety Specialist
Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombuds Commission now accepting nominations for 2020

Pine W
Hello,

Sorry that I'm late replying to this thread. I have been very busy in the
past few weeks.

I have a proposal that likely will not affect the current round of
appointments because implementation would require some time and careful
deliberation. This proposal isn't intended as a personal critique.

I would like to see the selection process for OC be done by the community
with WMF consent, similar to how stewards are appointed. I think it's
important that community members not be viewed as agents of WMF, and the
current system for OC appointments seems to imply that WMF has authority to
oversee or to control the use of advanced permissions and the OC as an
organization. I think that this should be flipped, with WMF supporting
community institutions and not the other way around. I'm okay with WMF
being involved in the selection process for OC candidates by conducting
background checks on candidates and having some limited veto authority, but
WMF's role should primarily be one of providing support to community
members and institutions such as the OC.

Thank you for listening.

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombuds Commission now accepting nominations for 2020

Risker
Just noting in passing that, technically, the Ombudsman Commission formally
reports to the WMF Board of Trustees, which has in turn delegated the
ongoing management and responsibility for the commission to the WMF Trust &
Safety Department.  In other words, the OC has always been a "WMF"
committee, charged with enforcing WMF board-approved policies, most
particularly the privacy policy.

Risker/Anne

On Wed, 9 Oct 2019 at 16:44, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Sorry that I'm late replying to this thread. I have been very busy in the
> past few weeks.
>
> I have a proposal that likely will not affect the current round of
> appointments because implementation would require some time and careful
> deliberation. This proposal isn't intended as a personal critique.
>
> I would like to see the selection process for OC be done by the community
> with WMF consent, similar to how stewards are appointed. I think it's
> important that community members not be viewed as agents of WMF, and the
> current system for OC appointments seems to imply that WMF has authority to
> oversee or to control the use of advanced permissions and the OC as an
> organization. I think that this should be flipped, with WMF supporting
> community institutions and not the other way around. I'm okay with WMF
> being involved in the selection process for OC candidates by conducting
> background checks on candidates and having some limited veto authority, but
> WMF's role should primarily be one of providing support to community
> members and institutions such as the OC.
>
> Thank you for listening.
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombuds Commission now accepting nominations for 2020

Henry Wood
> Just noting in passing that, technically, the Ombudsman Commission formally
> reports to the WMF Board of Trustees, which has in turn delegated the
> ongoing management and responsibility for the commission to the WMF Trust &
> Safety Department.

So the Ombudsman Commission is managed by a department that they are
likely to want to report on?

Henry

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombuds Commission now accepting nominations for 2020

Dan Garry (Deskana)
On Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 08:52, Henry Wood <[hidden email]> wrote:

> So the Ombudsman Commission is managed by a department that they are
> likely to want to report on?
>

No. The Ombudsman Commission oversees volunteer actions only. Complaints
about staff should be sent directly to the Wikimedia Foundation.

I should note that the Ombudsman Commission page on Meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission> does not explicitly
state what I have said above; I am basing my comment on my past experience
when I was on the Ombudsman Commission.

Dan
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