2023:Program/Governance/TZGD8S-Governance committees and the movement

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Title: Governance committees and the movement


Dumisani Ndubane

I work as part of the Community Resilience and Sustainability team in the Legal department to support community governance committees such as Affcom, Arbcom, Ombcom and other functionary committees. In this role, I aim to work with other Wikimedians to collaboratively and equitably build systems of governance to support effective movement management.

Joe Sutherland

Joe Sutherland is a Lead Trust and Safety Specialist at the Wikimedia Foundation. Having created a Wikipedia account in 2006, he became an English Wikipedia administrator in 2008. He eventually joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2013 as a Communications Volunteer, then moved to the Community Advocacy (now Trust and Safety) team in 2016. In this role, Joe works as a liaison to multiple community groups, undertakes user conduct investigations, works on Legal operations, and helps to develop Foundation policy around thorny issues like child protection. Image credit: Myleen Hollero, CC BY-SA 3.0. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sutherland,_Joe,_March_2018.jpg

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Room: Room 310

Start time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:20:00 +0800

End time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:40:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Governance

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

A workshop about how movement governance committees are constituted, supported and function, as well as a call of action for community members from less represented regions to participate in these committees.

Description[edit source]

The Wikimedia movement’s continues to redefine community participation in Governance structures, from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (BoT) to the Language Committee. Governance Committees continue to do important work that make the movement function. From recognizing new Affiliates, resolving serious privacy onwiki cases, onwiki disputes to drafting movement roles. But what are these committees and how accountable are they to the community they both govern and represent? This will be a hands on workshop for committee work and call to action for reviving or setting up new community Governance committees.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

Governance committees lack diversity of representation, especially from global south community members. This workshop will end with a call of action from these members in particular to participate in these committees.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand