I joined the Wikimedia Foundation in August of 2022, after feeling the strong connection with the mission and aspirations of Wikimedia projects and the Foundation. During my interviews, I heard each person share their reasons for joining this movement and their hopes for its future, often in the form of very challenging questions. Wikipedia is the promise of collaboration on the internet and the movement for free knowledge made good on, in practice not in theory. I believe that Wikimedia projects have successfully demonstrated a model that produces trustworthy knowledge, and have created a home on the internet that the world profoundly trusts. I want to help make and ship things to advance free knowledge using the skills I have, while also continuing to learn from this ever expanding community of people all around the world.
This is my work account, which I use for my role at the Wikimedia Foundation. My volunteer account is Selena Deckelmann. I have an official Mastodon account at https://wikimedia.social/@selenadeckelmann
I wrapped up a listening tour back in May, and published my report. I'm currently working on the FY23-24 Annual Plan, and excited about the Product and Technology department's experiments in generative AI, focused work on the problems of editors with extended rights, and ongoing explorations into how we will provide what the world needs from us now through 2030 as part of work on Movement Strategy.