"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."
- General Human Rights inquiries: talktohumanrightswikimedia.org
- Credible threats of physical harm or persecution: emergencywikimedia.org
The Human Rights Team of the Wikimedia Foundation aims to support volunteer contributors persecuted due to their good faith contribution to the projects and to facilitate the organization's work related to its Human Rights Policy. The Wikimedia movement aims to ensure everyone, everywhere can freely and safely share in the sum of free knowledge. Yet, around the world the vision of a free and open Internet is dwindling and editing environments in regards to the many Wikimedia projects are becoming increasingly challenged. Indeed in a world as connected as ours, the need to control information and sway narratives has led people in power, governmental and otherwise, to great lengths to push their agendas and hinder fundamental human rights. It is in this context that the Human Rights Team at the Wikimedia Foundation was created. We are a group of dedicated human rights defenders located in the Legal department and are working towards mitigating risks and threats to individual contributors and groups supporting the Foundation’s vision to imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. The team strives to find a balance between upholding the freedom of expression in creating the sum of all human knowledge while also making sure the human rights of our community members and people they may have written about are protected.
Continuing with the important work of the Voices under Threat initiative, the Human Rights Team will work to deliver several issues from the Movement Strategy recommendations on the journey towards becoming the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge by 2030.
What we do
We are dedicated towards upholding and defending the human rights of the movement’s volunteers to allow the continued contribution to reliable, well-resourced, and uncensored knowledge to the various Wikimedia projects across the platform. We are currently in the process of building three pillars to help us realize this mission.
Do you lock your door when you leave your house? Do you walk around with a name tag in public? Do you use the same key for your car and your office? Albeit seemingly dumb question whose answers are likely quite obvious, but are meant to make you think about your privacy and safety. What steps are you taking to protect yourself online? Do you use different passwords for different accounts? Do you have a picture of yourself on your userpage? Is your username your real name or somehow identifiable? ($1) Although the offline world may seem distinct from the online world, online threats are just as valid and can be just as harmful. Indeed, your digital security practices (or lack thereof) also influence the digital security of your friends and your family. Furthermore, in an increasingly digital world, wherein the lines between offline and online are growingly blurred, being aware of one's digital security risks and taking precautionary measures has become immensely important.
Through a pool of digital security resources as well as training sessions and regular conversation hours, the Human Rights Team hopes to highlight varied digital security risks our community members face, help you take measures to address them and preemptively mitigate any harm that might come to you as you participate in Wikimedia projects and engage with the Internet more broadly. After all, privacy and digital security is critical to sustaining freedom of expression and enabling knowledge and ideas to thrive.
Have you heard of ‘digital hygiene’? What is ‘doxxing’? Do you know what ‘social engineering’ is? Have you ever wondered how after having talked about something with a friend it miraculously appears as an ad on your feed? Why is free-and-open-source software (FOSS) usually a lot more secure than proprietary software? What is a ‘VPN’ or ‘end-to-end encryption’? The answers to all these questions, and many more, are pivotal to maintaining one's safety online. The Human Rights team is in the process of developing a series of digital security learning modules on a whole range of topics, issues and trends designed to make you aware of vulnerabilities and guide you in maintaining best practices so those cannot be exploited.
The Human Rights and Digital Safety office hours will serve as a space for us to engage directly with Wikimedia volunteers, affiliates, and anyone who is interested in Wikimedia’s human rights work. While answering specific questions you may have regarding the work that our team does, we hope this will be a space to hold open conversations relating to concerns within your community and have broader dialogues on what human rights means in the context of Wikimedia - which is uniquely positioned as both a digital platform that hosts the world’s largest encyclopaedia and used globally, while simultaneously being a movement with a common mission. Furthermore, these office hours will also provide a space to talk about some digital safety challenges, how to best mitigate them or even plan curated workshops for your community. Join us! We would love to meet you! Hear your thoughts and support you in any way we can.
The Wikimedia community faces threats from around the world because of their participation in our Movement from malign actors. The increased use of information from Wikimedia projects by other platforms and technologies has meant more parties, often parties of power and authority, are vested in it, thereby seriously affecting the vision of a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. This can – and sometimes does – cause different kinds of problems for Wikimedians who choose to share knowledge freely. To better protect our community from these threats and to ensure that our global community has support to minimize the threats and harm they may face, the Human Rights team is building a global network of human rights partner organizations to address our gaps in local expertise and capacity.
Are you an organization passionate about defending open-knowledge, freedom of expression and other fundamental human rights? Do you see content gaps on the Wikimedia platform that you would like to fill? Do you see ways in which the Foundation can support you in achieving our common human rights goals? 私たちは、ボランティアとより広い運動を支援するために、関心のある組織と協力することに常にオープンです。 私たちが行う仕事やサポートするコミュニティと同様に、私たちが望んでいるパートナーシップは、法的支援からデジタルトレーニング、脅威監視から翻訳まで広大で多様です。 お気軽にお問い合わせください。talktohumanrights wikimedia.orgでのご連絡をお待ちしております。
Many Wikimedia projects strive towards a strict neutral point of view policy in their coverage of subjects, both in terms of the articles that are created and the content, perspectives and sources within these articles. However, this goal is hindered by systemic biases created by the shared social and cultural characteristics of most editors, resulting in an imbalanced coverage of subjects and perspectives on the encyclopedia. One such imbalance presents itself in the field of human rights wherein the amount and diversity of content pertaining to human rights is relatively slim.
これを認識して、人権チームは現在、人権利益団体の設立について、国別協会、利用者グループ、ウィキプロジェクト、および個々のボランティアと緊密に協力しています。 私たちの主な目的は、オンラインとオフラインで普遍的な権利と自由の促進と防御の両方を含む、プラットフォーム全体の人権レンズを強調することです。 私たちは、あなたの国や地域の人権上の懸念がさまざまなプロジェクトで表明され、より広範なウィキメディアコミュニティ内で聞かれ、財団によって理解されるように支援したいと考えています。 さらに、コンテンツを作成する際に人権意識を育むことを目指しています。 結局のところ、表現の自由は、貢献者または彼らが貢献した可能性のある誰かの両方にとって、結果の自由と同等ではありません。 そのため、チームは、プロジェクトに関する人権学習モジュールであるデジタルセキュリティトレーニングを提供し、コミュニティイベントを促進し、コミュニティメンバーと人権関連の問題に関する財団との間の協力と対話のためのプラットフォームを作成します。
As we are currently in the early stages of setting up the Human Rights team and its potential workflows please refer to the established processes of Trust and Safety for your most immediate concerns. If, however, you have any questions, concerns, comments and or suggestions regarding the work we are doing and objectives we are hoping to achieve please reach out to us at talktohumanrights wikimedia.org.