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Nataliia Tymkiv
Dear all,

As you may know, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has two
appointed Board members whose terms will expire during Wikimania 2018 -
Kelly Battles and Alice Wiegand. We have been working to fill those seats
 and our goal is for potential candidates to join us in Cape Town during
Wikimania 2018.

== Finance expert seat ==

This is a very specific profile: we need a person with strong financial
management background and auditing skills. The BCG (Board Governance
Committee) is currently interviewing a short list of candidates prepared by
Kelly Battles and Jaime Villagomez (the CFO of Wikimedia Foundation). Once
interviews are complete, the BCG will send their recommendations  to the
full Board.

== Technology/organizational growth expert seat ==

Over the last few months, we have conducted a series of conversations on
Board  expertise needs. With the support of Katherine Maher (ED) and Josh
Weinberg (Chief of Staff), the BGC developed a candidate profile for the
soon-to-be-vacant seat and gave its recommendation to the Board during
their meeting in Berlin. We need your help to identify potential candidates
for this position who are interested in serving the Wikimedia community as
a member of the Board of Trustees.

We shall begin accepting applications and referrals for these positions
today. A more detailed timeline of the full recruitment process is
available on Meta here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10176203 [1]. You
can find the candidate package here [2].

Applicants may apply online at:
https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1162305?gh_src=8b8yun5r1#.WvaOKPKMTCv.
We will also accept applications and referrals by email at
[hidden email].

We look forward to hearing from you.

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/Board_Recruitment
[2]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Board_Recruiting_Candidate_Packet_May_2018.pdf

Best regards,
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment: Updates

Pine W
Hello Antanana,

Thank you for this information.

I would like to bring the topic of WMF's financial transparency into the
conversation about who should be selected for a WMF Board seat based on
their knowledge of finance. I am dissatisfied with WMF's financial
transparency on topics such as severance payments to executives (see
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-May/087656.html),
and I fail to understand how WMF can claim to be a largely open and
transparent organization while providing the minimum legally required
disclosures about its payments to its executives.

Contrary to Jaime's statement, I am unaware of any laws which would
prohibit WMF from publishing the entirety of executives' compensation
details including their employment contracts, severance agreements, and the
circumstances in which their departures happen. Government agencies in the
United States publish this information routinely and/or are often required
to make the information available upon receiving public records requests.

Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board member
based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board to
reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a strong
emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
significantly increasing the financial transparency of organizations.

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )

On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 12:31 AM, Nataliia Tymkiv <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As you may know, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has two
> appointed Board members whose terms will expire during Wikimania 2018 -
> Kelly Battles and Alice Wiegand. We have been working to fill those seats
>  and our goal is for potential candidates to join us in Cape Town during
> Wikimania 2018.
>
> == Finance expert seat ==
>
> This is a very specific profile: we need a person with strong financial
> management background and auditing skills. The BCG (Board Governance
> Committee) is currently interviewing a short list of candidates prepared by
> Kelly Battles and Jaime Villagomez (the CFO of Wikimedia Foundation). Once
> interviews are complete, the BCG will send their recommendations  to the
> full Board.
>
> == Technology/organizational growth expert seat ==
>
> Over the last few months, we have conducted a series of conversations on
> Board  expertise needs. With the support of Katherine Maher (ED) and Josh
> Weinberg (Chief of Staff), the BGC developed a candidate profile for the
> soon-to-be-vacant seat and gave its recommendation to the Board during
> their meeting in Berlin. We need your help to identify potential candidates
> for this position who are interested in serving the Wikimedia community as
> a member of the Board of Trustees.
>
> We shall begin accepting applications and referrals for these positions
> today. A more detailed timeline of the full recruitment process is
> available on Meta here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10176203 [1].
> You
> can find the candidate package here [2].
>
> Applicants may apply online at:
> https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1162305?gh_src=
> 8b8yun5r1#.WvaOKPKMTCv.
> We will also accept applications and referrals by email at
> [hidden email].
>
> We look forward to hearing from you.
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Board_Governance_Committee/Board_Recruitment
> [2]
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Board_Recruiting_
> Candidate_Packet_May_2018.pdf
>
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
>
> *NOTICE: You may have received this message outside of your normal working
> hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
> should not feel obligated to answer it during your days off. Thank you in
> advance!*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment: Updates

Joseph Seddon-4
"I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing the
entirety of executives' compensation
details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
and the circumstances
in which their departures happen."

Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of topics but to be
blunt if this is your genuine opinion I'm personally rather glad my
employer does not base its HR policies and practices on your personal
interpretation of employment law.

Seddon

On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hello Antanana,
>
> Thank you for this information.
>
> I would like to bring the topic of WMF's financial transparency into the
> conversation about who should be selected for a WMF Board seat based on
> their knowledge of finance. I am dissatisfied with WMF's financial
> transparency on topics such as severance payments to executives (see
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-May/087656.html),
> and I fail to understand how WMF can claim to be a largely open and
> transparent organization while providing the minimum legally required
> disclosures about its payments to its executives.
>
> Contrary to Jaime's statement, I am unaware of any laws which would
> prohibit WMF from publishing the entirety of executives' compensation
> details including their employment contracts, severance agreements, and the
> circumstances in which their departures happen. Government agencies in the
> United States publish this information routinely and/or are often required
> to make the information available upon receiving public records requests.
>
> Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
> dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
> uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board member
> based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board to
> reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a strong
> emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
> significantly increasing the financial transparency of organizations.
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
>
> On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 12:31 AM, Nataliia Tymkiv <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > As you may know, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has two
> > appointed Board members whose terms will expire during Wikimania 2018 -
> > Kelly Battles and Alice Wiegand. We have been working to fill those seats
> >  and our goal is for potential candidates to join us in Cape Town during
> > Wikimania 2018.
> >
> > == Finance expert seat ==
> >
> > This is a very specific profile: we need a person with strong financial
> > management background and auditing skills. The BCG (Board Governance
> > Committee) is currently interviewing a short list of candidates prepared
> by
> > Kelly Battles and Jaime Villagomez (the CFO of Wikimedia Foundation).
> Once
> > interviews are complete, the BCG will send their recommendations  to the
> > full Board.
> >
> > == Technology/organizational growth expert seat ==
> >
> > Over the last few months, we have conducted a series of conversations on
> > Board  expertise needs. With the support of Katherine Maher (ED) and Josh
> > Weinberg (Chief of Staff), the BGC developed a candidate profile for the
> > soon-to-be-vacant seat and gave its recommendation to the Board during
> > their meeting in Berlin. We need your help to identify potential
> candidates
> > for this position who are interested in serving the Wikimedia community
> as
> > a member of the Board of Trustees.
> >
> > We shall begin accepting applications and referrals for these positions
> > today. A more detailed timeline of the full recruitment process is
> > available on Meta here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10176203 [1].
> > You
> > can find the candidate package here [2].
> >
> > Applicants may apply online at:
> > https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1162305?gh_src=
> > 8b8yun5r1#.WvaOKPKMTCv.
> > We will also accept applications and referrals by email at
> > [hidden email].
> >
> > We look forward to hearing from you.
> >
> > [1]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> > Board_Governance_Committee/Board_Recruitment
> > [2]
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Board_Recruiting_
> > Candidate_Packet_May_2018.pdf
> >
> > Best regards,
> > antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> >
> > *NOTICE: You may have received this message outside of your normal
> working
> > hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
> > should not feel obligated to answer it during your days off. Thank you in
> > advance!*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment: Updates

Philippe Beaudette-4
And even if such laws do not exist (and I'm no expert), as an employee I
would be gravely concerned about taking a role with any employer where I
knew that they would be publishing the reason for my departure.

Now, employees may /choose/ to publish a reason (as I did) but to presume
that it would be mandatory (and to be willing to stake your career on it in
advance) would likely seriously inhibit some candidates from applying.
When you pair that with the WMF's (relatively) transparent organization, I
think the two together would be a significant inhibitor to recruiting.

Philippe

On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 2:10 PM, Joseph Seddon <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> "I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing the
> entirety of executives' compensation
> details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
> and the circumstances
> in which their departures happen."
>
> Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of topics but to be
> blunt if this is your genuine opinion I'm personally rather glad my
> employer does not base its HR policies and practices on your personal
> interpretation of employment law.
>
> Seddon
>
> On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> >
> > Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
> > dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
> > uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board member
> > based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board to
> > reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a strong
> > emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
> > significantly increasing the financial transparency of organizations.
> >
> > Pine
> > ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> >
>
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James Salsman-2
On the original topic of technology advocacy representation on the Board,
an we please get someone from the open source hardware community and Legal
to tell us how much we could save in subpoena, hardware, and overhead costs
by avoiding backdoors? Has anyone on the Board ever championed open source
hardware, since, Sam maybe?

Please see:

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/5xvn4i/update_corebootlibreboot_on_amd_has_ceo_level/

https://np.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/8aovfb/china_has_started_ranking_citizens_with_a_creepy/

https://teachprivacy.com/why-i-love-the-gdpr/

https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_Technology%2FAnnual_Plans%2FFY2019%2FCDP3%3A_Knowledge_Integrity&type=revision&diff=2762601&oldid=2762351

Best regards,
Jim

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:44 AM, Philippe Beaudette <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> And even if such laws do not exist (and I'm no expert), as an employee I
> would be gravely concerned about taking a role with any employer where I
> knew that they would be publishing the reason for my departure.
>
> Now, employees may /choose/ to publish a reason (as I did) but to presume
> that it would be mandatory (and to be willing to stake your career on it in
> advance) would likely seriously inhibit some candidates from applying.
> When you pair that with the WMF's (relatively) transparent organization, I
> think the two together would be a significant inhibitor to recruiting.
>
> Philippe
>
> On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 2:10 PM, Joseph Seddon <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > "I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing the
> > entirety of executives' compensation
> > details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
> > and the circumstances
> > in which their departures happen."
> >
> > Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of topics but to
> be
> > blunt if this is your genuine opinion I'm personally rather glad my
> > employer does not base its HR policies and practices on your personal
> > interpretation of employment law.
> >
> > Seddon
> >
> > On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
> > > dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
> > > uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board
> member
> > > based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board to
> > > reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a strong
> > > emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
> > > significantly increasing the financial transparency of organizations.
> > >
> > > Pine
> > > ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> > >
> >
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James Salsman-2
To follow up on this, Katherine, would you please state the relative risk
to politically controversial editors of using CPUs without backdoor
coprocessors to host Foundation projects?

Ref.:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/for-deep-security-use-arm-avoid-intel-amd-processors/

Are there a corresponding subpoena and national security letter burden
differences in choosing open source hardware without backdoor coprocessors?
Thank you for considering these questions.

Best regards,
Jim

On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM, James Salsman <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On the original topic of technology advocacy representation on the Board,
> [c]an we please get someone from the open source hardware community and
> Legal to tell us how much we could save in subpoena, hardware, and overhead
> costs by avoiding backdoors? Has anyone on the Board ever championed open
> source hardware, since, Sam maybe?
>
> Please see:
>
> https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/5xvn4i/update_
> corebootlibreboot_on_amd_has_ceo_level/
>
> https://np.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/8aovfb/
> china_has_started_ranking_citizens_with_a_creepy/
>
> https://teachprivacy.com/why-i-love-the-gdpr/
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_
> Technology%2FAnnual_Plans%2FFY2019%2FCDP3%3A_Knowledge_
> Integrity&type=revision&diff=2762601&oldid=2762351
>
> Best regards,
> Jim
>
> On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:44 AM, Philippe Beaudette <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> And even if such laws do not exist (and I'm no expert), as an employee I
>> would be gravely concerned about taking a role with any employer where I
>> knew that they would be publishing the reason for my departure.
>>
>> Now, employees may /choose/ to publish a reason (as I did) but to presume
>> that it would be mandatory (and to be willing to stake your career on it
>> in
>> advance) would likely seriously inhibit some candidates from applying.
>> When you pair that with the WMF's (relatively) transparent organization, I
>> think the two together would be a significant inhibitor to recruiting.
>>
>> Philippe
>>
>> On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 2:10 PM, Joseph Seddon <[hidden email]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > "I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing the
>> > entirety of executives' compensation
>> > details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
>> > and the circumstances
>> > in which their departures happen."
>> >
>> > Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of topics but
>> to be
>> > blunt if this is your genuine opinion I'm personally rather glad my
>> > employer does not base its HR policies and practices on your personal
>> > interpretation of employment law.
>> >
>> > Seddon
>> >
>> > On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> >
>> > >
>> > > Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
>> > > dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
>> > > uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board
>> member
>> > > based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board to
>> > > reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a
>> strong
>> > > emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
>> > > significantly increasing the financial transparency of organizations.
>> > >
>> > > Pine
>> > > ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
>> > >
>> >
>> _______________________________________________
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James Hare-5
This mailing list thread is about the Wikimedia Foundation recruiting
members for its board and I would like to ask we stick to that, please.

----
James Hare
Associate Product Manager
Wikimedia Foundation
https://wikimediafoundation.org

On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 11:22 AM, James Salsman <[hidden email]> wrote:

> To follow up on this, Katherine, would you please state the relative risk
> to politically controversial editors of using CPUs without backdoor
> coprocessors to host Foundation projects?
>
> Ref.:
> https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/for-deep-security-
> use-arm-avoid-intel-amd-processors/
>
> Are there a corresponding subpoena and national security letter burden
> differences in choosing open source hardware without backdoor coprocessors?
> Thank you for considering these questions.
>
> Best regards,
> Jim
>
> On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM, James Salsman <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > On the original topic of technology advocacy representation on the Board,
> > [c]an we please get someone from the open source hardware community and
> > Legal to tell us how much we could save in subpoena, hardware, and
> overhead
> > costs by avoiding backdoors? Has anyone on the Board ever championed open
> > source hardware, since, Sam maybe?
> >
> > Please see:
> >
> > https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/5xvn4i/update_
> > corebootlibreboot_on_amd_has_ceo_level/
> >
> > https://np.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/8aovfb/
> > china_has_started_ranking_citizens_with_a_creepy/
> >
> > https://teachprivacy.com/why-i-love-the-gdpr/
> >
> > https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_
> > Technology%2FAnnual_Plans%2FFY2019%2FCDP3%3A_Knowledge_
> > Integrity&type=revision&diff=2762601&oldid=2762351
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Jim
> >
> > On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:44 AM, Philippe Beaudette <
> > [hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> >> And even if such laws do not exist (and I'm no expert), as an employee I
> >> would be gravely concerned about taking a role with any employer where I
> >> knew that they would be publishing the reason for my departure.
> >>
> >> Now, employees may /choose/ to publish a reason (as I did) but to
> presume
> >> that it would be mandatory (and to be willing to stake your career on it
> >> in
> >> advance) would likely seriously inhibit some candidates from applying.
> >> When you pair that with the WMF's (relatively) transparent
> organization, I
> >> think the two together would be a significant inhibitor to recruiting.
> >>
> >> Philippe
> >>
> >> On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 2:10 PM, Joseph Seddon <[hidden email]>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> > "I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing the
> >> > entirety of executives' compensation
> >> > details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
> >> > and the circumstances
> >> > in which their departures happen."
> >> >
> >> > Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of topics but
> >> to be
> >> > blunt if this is your genuine opinion I'm personally rather glad my
> >> > employer does not base its HR policies and practices on your personal
> >> > interpretation of employment law.
> >> >
> >> > Seddon
> >> >
> >> > On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > >
> >> > > Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
> >> > > dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
> >> > > uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board
> >> member
> >> > > based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board
> to
> >> > > reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a
> >> strong
> >> > > emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
> >> > > significantly increasing the financial transparency of
> organizations.
> >> > >
> >> > > Pine
> >> > > ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> >> > >
> >> >
> >> _______________________________________________
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment: Updates

James Salsman-2
James, are there any reasons that having a community-friendly opinion on
the subpoena, national security letter, political risks and related
overheads of using closed source hardware with backdoor coprocessors is an
inappropriate litmus test for the Technology Expert seat on the Board?


On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 12:45 PM, James Hare <[hidden email]> wrote:

> This mailing list thread is about the Wikimedia Foundation recruiting
> members for its board and I would like to ask we stick to that, please.
>
> ----
> James Hare
> Associate Product Manager
> Wikimedia Foundation
> https://wikimediafoundation.org
>
> On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 11:22 AM, James Salsman <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > To follow up on this, Katherine, would you please state the relative risk
> > to politically controversial editors of using CPUs without backdoor
> > coprocessors to host Foundation projects?
> >
> > Ref.:
> > https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/for-deep-security-
> > use-arm-avoid-intel-amd-processors/
> >
> > Are there a corresponding subpoena and national security letter burden
> > differences in choosing open source hardware without backdoor
> coprocessors?
> > Thank you for considering these questions.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Jim
> >
> > On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM, James Salsman <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > On the original topic of technology advocacy representation on the
> Board,
> > > [c]an we please get someone from the open source hardware community and
> > > Legal to tell us how much we could save in subpoena, hardware, and
> > overhead
> > > costs by avoiding backdoors? Has anyone on the Board ever championed
> open
> > > source hardware, since, Sam maybe?
> > >
> > > Please see:
> > >
> > > https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/5xvn4i/update_
> > > corebootlibreboot_on_amd_has_ceo_level/
> > >
> > > https://np.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/8aovfb/
> > > china_has_started_ranking_citizens_with_a_creepy/
> > >
> > > https://teachprivacy.com/why-i-love-the-gdpr/
> > >
> > > https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_
> > > Technology%2FAnnual_Plans%2FFY2019%2FCDP3%3A_Knowledge_
> > > Integrity&type=revision&diff=2762601&oldid=2762351
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > > Jim
> > >
> > > On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:44 AM, Philippe Beaudette <
> > > [hidden email]> wrote:
> > >
> > >> And even if such laws do not exist (and I'm no expert), as an
> employee I
> > >> would be gravely concerned about taking a role with any employer
> where I
> > >> knew that they would be publishing the reason for my departure.
> > >>
> > >> Now, employees may /choose/ to publish a reason (as I did) but to
> > presume
> > >> that it would be mandatory (and to be willing to stake your career on
> it
> > >> in
> > >> advance) would likely seriously inhibit some candidates from applying.
> > >> When you pair that with the WMF's (relatively) transparent
> > organization, I
> > >> think the two together would be a significant inhibitor to recruiting.
> > >>
> > >> Philippe
> > >>
> > >> On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 2:10 PM, Joseph Seddon <
> [hidden email]>
> > >> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > "I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing
> the
> > >> > entirety of executives' compensation
> > >> > details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
> > >> > and the circumstances
> > >> > in which their departures happen."
> > >> >
> > >> > Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of topics
> but
> > >> to be
> > >> > blunt if this is your genuine opinion I'm personally rather glad my
> > >> > employer does not base its HR policies and practices on your
> personal
> > >> > interpretation of employment law.
> > >> >
> > >> > Seddon
> > >> >
> > >> > On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 8:59 PM, Pine W <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > >> >
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Given Jaime's previous statement on this matter, and my general
> > >> > > dissatisfaction with WMF's level of financial transparency, I am
> > >> > > uncomfortable with his involvement with selecting a new WMF Board
> > >> member
> > >> > > based on his or her finance expertise. I would encourage the Board
> > to
> > >> > > reconsider Jaime's role in the selection process, and to place a
> > >> strong
> > >> > > emphasis on identifying a new board member who has experience with
> > >> > > significantly increasing the financial transparency of
> > organizations.
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Pine
> > >> > > ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> > >> > >
> > >> >
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Pine W
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I have a difference of perspective on this with Philippe and Seddon.

Records of personnel issues at many government agencies in the US are
public records, and many of those government agencies seem to do OK with
recruiting candidates. I have yet to hear any convincing reason why WMF
should be *less* transparent than government agencies.

From my perspective, one of the benefits of significant transparency for
contracts and severance agreements are that politicians and officials
cannot use government funds for "hush money" nearly as easily as they could
if severance agreements and other contracts were confidential. I don't want
the WMF Board and Executive Director to have the option to use WMF funds as
an incentive for someone to remain quiet about any problems that they might
know about at WMF. Realistically, prevention of every kind of problem is
impossible, but public documentation of severance agreements would be a
good step.

Also, as a taxpayer I think that I should have the right to know what
elected officials are doing with my money. Similarly, I think that donors
(and everyone) should have the right to know what WMF is doing with donated
funds. There may be some time restrictions (for example, if WMF is involved
in current or pending litigation, then the expenses for that might remain
confidential until after the matter is resolved) but in general I think
that WMF should publicly account for how it uses donated funds. That
includes the terms of employment contracts and severance agreements.

I will "practice what I preach" on this matter. If I ever do paid work for
WMF again (most likely in the form of a grant of some type; I am still
thinking about whether this would entangle me financially with WMF in ways
that I think would make me likely to be quiet when I have concerns), I will
publish the terms of the contract and any amendments to that contract if I
have WMF's permission to do so. I would redact only information that could
be used for fraud, my phone number, my address, etc.

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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Peter Southwood
This does not seem unreasonable.
Cheers,
Peter

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I have a difference of perspective on this with Philippe and Seddon.

Records of personnel issues at many government agencies in the US are
public records, and many of those government agencies seem to do OK with
recruiting candidates. I have yet to hear any convincing reason why WMF
should be *less* transparent than government agencies.

From my perspective, one of the benefits of significant transparency for
contracts and severance agreements are that politicians and officials
cannot use government funds for "hush money" nearly as easily as they could
if severance agreements and other contracts were confidential. I don't want
the WMF Board and Executive Director to have the option to use WMF funds as
an incentive for someone to remain quiet about any problems that they might
know about at WMF. Realistically, prevention of every kind of problem is
impossible, but public documentation of severance agreements would be a
good step.

Also, as a taxpayer I think that I should have the right to know what
elected officials are doing with my money. Similarly, I think that donors
(and everyone) should have the right to know what WMF is doing with donated
funds. There may be some time restrictions (for example, if WMF is involved
in current or pending litigation, then the expenses for that might remain
confidential until after the matter is resolved) but in general I think
that WMF should publicly account for how it uses donated funds. That
includes the terms of employment contracts and severance agreements.

I will "practice what I preach" on this matter. If I ever do paid work for
WMF again (most likely in the form of a grant of some type; I am still
thinking about whether this would entangle me financially with WMF in ways
that I think would make me likely to be quiet when I have concerns), I will
publish the terms of the contract and any amendments to that contract if I
have WMF's permission to do so. I would redact only information that could
be used for fraud, my phone number, my address, etc.

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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