What are we advocating for and why?
This discussion sessions seeks to build off the Wiki Public Policy workshop conducted in Madrid in June 2019 by looking at what our priorities should be and gain a better understanding of them. Even if we 'know' what we want (like freedom of Panorama or Fair Use) it is always good to review these objectives, discuss them, gain greater collective clarity on them, and see if there are any other issues (such as censorship for example) that we should be aware of. Also should we adopt a system for prioritising advocacy causes and what should that system look like? These are the issues that we will discuss. At a minimum this will have the benefit/core objective of giving us as a group clarity on what we are all after and why. The why is always important when trying to explain to people why we are advocating for X, Y and Z.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
Whilst this topic does not focus on any one of the 17 UN SDGs it does help in the development of a mechanism for community members to focus on important advocacy issues. Many of which fall into the context of the 17 UN SDGs.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
A clearer understanding of what we are advocating for and how to prioritise advocacy efforts.
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Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Roundtable discussion forum
The session will work best with these conditions:
No more than 20 people. Prior knowledge of or experience in Wikimedia advocacy efforts is desirable.
Filming is not necessary.