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Global Advocacy – Giving Free Knowledge a Voice

The Global Advocacy team helps the Foundation and affiliates protect the free knowledge movement through advocacy and public policy.

The simple act of sharing knowledge freely online is radical and challenging in many contexts, and can be threatened by weak or hostile policy environments. This is why the Foundation and broader community engage in advocacy and public policy work. We work alongside the Wikimedia community because policy change is most successful when informed by those who are most directly impacted and best understand their local context. Together, we stand for policies that support and protect the Wikimedia model, its people, and its values.

The Global Advocacy team is part of the Legal Department, and works with other teams and departments across the Foundation. To protect the community-governed model, we take action on policies related to access to knowledge and free expression. To protect the people in our community, we advocate for privacy rights and against mass surveillance. To protect the values of our movement, we lead by example by prioritizing human rights and countering disinformation.


Topics we're working on right now include:

Contact us or stay up-to-dateEdit

  • Email us at globaladvocacy@wikimedia.org
  • Public Policy Mailing List (Open discussion list in which anyone can post about relevant policy/advocacy topics, and where the Public Policy Team will announce work and solicit feedback.)
  • Diff: Policy and Advocacy (Where we share Policy & Advocacy updates or opportunities with the community, including quarterly public policy round-ups of all policy actions.)
  • Medium: Wikimedia Policy (Long-form thought pieces, policy analyses, and updates on advocacy actions.)
  • Twitter: @WikimediaPolicy (Follow for shared speaking events, blogs and articles, advocacy actions, campaign activities, and to engage with the work of our allies and chapters.)