Free as in Selfie*

Richard Stallman, a founding father of the free software movement, spoke at the Automattic Lounge tonight. What’s the right response when you get to host someone who helped inspire both your personal passion and your livelihood? A selfie of course.

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* One of Stallman’s best lines is:

“free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”.

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Wikimedia Foundation’s 2014-2015 Audit Committee is looking for community volunteers

The Wikimedia Foundation has an Audit Committee which represents the Board in oversight of financial and accounting issues, including planning, reporting, audits, and internal controls (see foundation wiki Audit Committee page for details). The Committee serves for one year, from July through the late spring when the Foundation files its annual tax return in the U.S. This past year the committee included representatives both from the Foundation’s board and from across the Wikimedia movement. I currently serve as the Committee Chair. Continue reading “Wikimedia Foundation’s 2014-2015 Audit Committee is looking for community volunteers”

Call for volunteers: 2013-2014 Audit Committee

The Wikimedia Foundation has an Audit Committee which represents the Board in oversight of financial and accounting issues, including planning, reporting, audits, and internal controls (see foundation wiki Audit Committee page for details). The Committee serves for one year, from July through the late spring when the Foundation files its annual tax return in the U.S. This past year the committee included representatives both from the Foundation’s board and from across the Wikimedia movement. I currently serve as the Committee Chair. Continue reading “Call for volunteers: 2013-2014 Audit Committee”

Call for volunteers: 2012-2013 Audit Committee

As many of you know, the Wikimedia Foundation has an Audit Committee which represents the Board in oversight of financial and accounting issues, including planning, reporting, audits, and internal controls (see foundation wiki Audit Committee page for details).  The Committee serves for one year, from July through the late Spring when the Foundation files its annual tax return in the U.S.  This past year the committee included representatives from the broad community, from chapters, and from the Foundation’s Board (including me as Committee Chair). Continue reading “Call for volunteers: 2012-2013 Audit Committee”

Why I supported the Board letter on fundraising

The Wikimedia Board just published a letter to the community following-up on our ongoing discussion around fundraising and funds dissemination. As the Wikimedia Foundation Board’s Treasurer, its Audit Committee Chair, and its Trustee most responsible for oversight of financial matters, I think it’s appropriate that I share some of my personal views which led me to support the letter.

This is a difficult, complicated issue. But, how our movement focuses volunteer time and donor dollars is incredibly important. To help form my views on the issue, I’ve read hundreds of pages on meta, closely followed the statements made by Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia UK, Amical Viquipèdia, Continue reading “Why I supported the Board letter on fundraising”

Visitors at WMF Audit Committee meetings

One idea we’ve had on the Wikimedia Foundation Audit Committee is to put in place a visitor program.  We think it could be a good way to drive additional transparency, and also to help share some useful practices with other movement organizations.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 14 February from 1:30-3:00 pacific time.  The primary agenda item is the review a draft of our annual public disclosure filing with U.S. tax authorities.  If that sort of thing interests you,  Continue reading “Visitors at WMF Audit Committee meetings”

Stronger than ever

Today, together, the Wikimedia community did a really powerful thing. We raised an incredible amount of awareness about an issue critical to achieving our vision.

More importantly, we demonstrated once again the power of our community model. The thousands of you who participated in the community RfC. The volunteer administrators who Continue reading “Stronger than ever”