Grants:Project/Rapid/Alex Gladstein / Human Rights Foundation

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targetMay 28
start date2018
start yearMay 28
end date2018
end year2018
budget (local currency)$2,000
budget (USD)$2,000
grant typeHuman Rights Foundation Oslo Freedom Forum
grantee• [[User:alex(_AT_)|alex(_AT_)]]
contact(s)• Human Rights Foundation / Oslo Freedom Forum Editathon
organization (if applicable)• alisha(_AT_)
website (if applicable)•

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Add or improve content

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

We are producing one editathon during the 2018 Oslo Freedom Forum taking place on May 28 in Oslo, Norway.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

The editathon will be part of a larger Interactive Expo taking place during the Oslo Freedom Forum. The OFF community at large has been notified of the Interactive Expo and all of its programming through email notifications and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) monthly newsletter and relevant mailing lists. The Interactive Expo and Wikimedia Norway’s participation will be featured in the official OFF program book that will be given to all OFF attendants. Most importantly, OFF speakers and participants that we believe are especially qualified will be personally encouraged by key HRF staff members, including the Chief Strategy Officer, Alex Gladstein, and Global Director of the Oslo Freedom Forum, Jamie Hancock, to partake in the editathon.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

The Executive Director of Wikimedia Norway, Astrid Carlsen, will be helping to lead the editathon and support participants. She has been working with Wikimedia Norge since 2014 and has several years of work experience in publishing. Astrid will also be supported by Oslo Freedom Forum staff and other Norwegian Wikimedians who will help her set up and address any other needs that pop up during the editathon.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

We will host the editathon at an area inside the venue at Sentralen in downtown Oslo and will provide all of the equipment necessary for a successful editathon. Participants of the editathon will consist of members of the OFF community, including past and present OFF speakers, dissidents, activists, journalists and netizen - all subject matter experts in their respective fields. Having been at the forefront and have first hand experience with the content that they will be contributing. Past OFF speakers have come from more than 94 different countries and have spoken 22 languages. They have more than 20 million Twitter followers, published more than 360 books, served as head of state in 10 countries, and have received eight Nobel Prizes. We are confident that participants of the 2018 OFF Editathon will be highly qualified and produce quality content for the pages they will be editing.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will encourage the participants to continue to edit and update the pages through personalized communications after the forum, emphasizing the importance of having up-to date web pages with accurate information.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The 2018 Oslo Freedom Forum will host hundreds of human rights activists and technologists. One of our key goals will be to get dissidents, activists, journalists, and netizen OFF attendees from more than 50 countries to get involved in editing their own country's important pages, such as country page, leader (or dictator), top activists, and any key human rights or corruption issues. Working together, we can expose the crimes of corrupt governments while also shining a light on those who are working to make the world a better place.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events - 1
  2. Number of participants - 500 (total on May 28)
  3. Number of new editors - 25 (our goal)
  4. Number of of articles created or improved - 50 (our goal)
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events) - N/A


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

We have received general funding support for the Oslo Freedom Forum from several organizations, including the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, Humanity United, the City of Oslo, the Free Expression Foundation,  the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the Kavli Trust, The Freedom Fund, ConsenSys, Blockstack, AnchorFree, Innovation Norway, Private Internet Access, and the City of Austin, among others.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

We are requesting $2,000 for general support from Wikimedia Rapid Grants to support this editathon. Specifically, this amount would go towards:
  • Venue rental space for the editathon
  • Equipment rental
  • Light snacks and coffee for guests


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