2023:Program/Submissions/State of the Movement in Russia - AWHZQZ

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Title: State of the Movement in Russia


Владимир Медейко (English: Vladimir Medeyko; user: Drbug)

I'm a Wikimedian since July 2003. I'm first admin and then bureaucrat in Russian Wikipedia from Russia. I'm founding member of Wikimedia RU and its director since incorporation in 2008. I visited Wikimanias in 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2013-2019, and attended virtual events in 2020-2021.

Stanislav Kozlovskiy

Executive director of Wikimedia Russia since 2008, asscociate professor of Lomonosov Moscow State Univerity, PhD

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Type: Lecture

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

2022 was a difficult year in Russia for communities and NGOs with extensive international engagement. We will tell what we managed to do in spite of the problems; about interaction with cultural institutions in the new conditions; what challenges we had to face; what we learned and what we understood.

Description[edit source]

Aim of the session is to share our experiences in promoting free knowledge in a challenging environment. To do this, we will describe the circumstances in which we found ourselves, what were the key challenges we faced. We will tell you what we managed to do and how we did it, what things were critical and what we managed to circumvent. We will share our conclusions about what it would be useful for other communities to consider in their work, what problems it makes sense to prepare for, and what the ways to overcome them might be.

The session should be of interest to a wide range of attendees: Russian society (that includes not only Russians, but a lot of peoples of Russia) is relatively passive in its participation in international events; legislation and practices that are suspicious of international contacts and signs of foreign influence are not helping either. Therefore, it may seem that the Russian Wikimedia community does much less than it actually does. However, this relative autonomy or even isolation also has the advantage that the solutions chosen are often different from, or anticipate those used in other regions, and can therefore be a source of new ideas and approaches for them.

In addition, the logic of the development of the modern world, the ever-increasing role of the Internet and related technologies in people's lives generates the desire of states to control what is happening on the Internet. This means that other regions have yet to face many of the challenges we face, so learning from our experience will help to collect, organize and disseminate free knowledge more successfully.

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

We will talk about the specifics of the challenges faced by different peoples and share our experience of cooperation between different enthnic communities.

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

Everyone can participate in this session

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

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