Выборы Фонда Викимедиа/2022/Кандидаты/Kunal Mehta

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Kunal Mehta (Legoktm)

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Подробности о кандидате
Me speaking at the 2017 Wikimania hackathon
  • Личное:
    • Имя: Kunal Mehta
    • Местонахождение: New York City, USA
    • Языки: en-N
  • Информация о редакторе:
    • Дата начала участия в Викимедиа: 2007
    • Участвует больше всего в вики-проектах: English Wikipedia, MediaWiki.org, Commons, Meta-Wiki, Wikitech
Introductory statement / Application summary.
This section to be translated. (150 word maximum)
Я являюсь участником Викимедиа с 2007 года и 8 лет работал в качестве сотрудника Фонда Викимедиа (см. полную биографию). Благодаря обеим этим должностям я приобрел глубокое понимание технических потребностей и реалий движения. Здоровое и устойчивое техническое сообщество — это сообщество, возглавляемое волонтерами, партнерскими организациями и сотрудниками Фонда Викимедиа, поэтому я занимаюсь наставничеством и расширением возможностей волонтеров-разработчиков. Я сосредоточил свою работу на создании функций и инструментов, которые дают пользователям контроль при работе с вики, таких как ФильтрЗлоупотреблений, ЧерныйСписок(Блэклист) и глобальный CSS/JS.

Ключевая часть работы Фонда Викимедиа заключается в разработке и поддержке технических функций, поэтому очень важно, чтобы Совет принимал хорошо информированные решения по поводу технических инициатив и приоритетов. Как человек, имеющий практический опыт разработки, внедрения и поддержки функций, отвечающих уникальным требованиям Викимедиа, я уверен, что мой опыт и взгляд могут помочь Совету и Фонду Викимедиа лучше служить движению.

Вклад в проекты Викимедиа, членство в партнёрских организациях Викимедиа, деятельность в качестве организатора движения Викимедиа или участие в организации-союзнике движения Викимедиа.
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As a Wikimedian since 2007 and a former WMF staffer for 8 years (see full bio), I have a strong understanding of the technical needs and realities of the movement. I work to build features and tools that give control to users on-wiki. A healthy and sustainable technical community is one led by volunteers, affiliates and WMF staff alike, which is why I’ve worked to mentor and empower volunteer developers. Wikimedians are disappointed with the WMF’s recent technical output; I would like to bring my experience in successfully creating, deploying and maintaining technical projects to the WMF board.
Знания и опыт в сферах деятельности, определенных Советом директоров как необходимые.
  • Организационная стратегия и управление
  • Разработка технологий и/или продуктов на уровне предприятия
  • Государственная политика и право
  • Наука о социальных данных, анализ больших данных и машинное обучение

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I bring significant experience in “Enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development” as well as “Organizational strategy and management” to the board. Wikimedia technical development is radically different than the rest of the web, with an intense focus on privacy, security, transparency, internationalization, and user freedom. Blending my experience as a longtime volunteer contributor and as a WMF engineer, I understand the desires for new features and bugfixes while balancing the day-to-day needs of building and defending a secure platform. I’ve developed new features for editors and resolved sitewide outages during late nights and weekends. I regularly give input on technical roadmaps, favoring a bottom-up approach for determining strategy.
Жизненный опыт в разных странах мира. Нам особенно интересно узнать о жизненном опыте в регионах Африки, Южной Азии, Восточной и Юго-Восточной Азии и Тихого океана, а также Латинской Америки и Карибского бассейна. Мы считаем, что опыт работы в этих регионах может помочь расширить возможности Совета по реализации Стратегии движения, направленной на более справедливое участие, но при этом мы признаем, что и другие опыты могут также внести важный вклад.
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As a journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to others, tell their stories and amplify their experiences. I’ve interviewed homeless university students, victims of assault, as well as politicians and activists. In 2018, I traveled to Italy and Greece to report on the ongoing refugee and migrant crises firsthand. On the island of Lesbos, we visited Moria (aka “the worst refugee camp on earth”), interviewing refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, as well as residents on the island who were living with the influx of refugees.

Telling these stories and more have allowed me to gain a better appreciation for experiences I personally haven’t lived through. I do my best to make sure as many other people can gain that same appreciation by releasing as much content as possible under free licenses.

Outside the bubble of the English Wikipedia, my experiences have given me a unique perspective on the technical needs of our diverse communities, which I’d like to bring to the board. During SUL finalization, I worked with stewards on implementing a new global renamers group. To empower cross-wiki patrollers and global sysops, I rolled out global CSS/JS. Wikisourcians particularly felt the pain of musical scores being disabled, and helped test it when we re-enabled it. And they, along with Commons uploaders, raised awareness of large file uploads being broken and helped with debugging until we found the cause and fixed it.

Культурное и языковое владение регионами и языками в дополнение к вашему родному региону и языку. Межкультурная осведомленность помогает строить мосты в нашем многокультурном сообществе.
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I learned how to program via Wikibooks and Wikipedia, and it eventually grew into my dream career. I regularly interact with people from across the world through talk pages, IRC, etc., many of whom I now consider friends. I’ve spent my summers mentoring and working alongside GSoC/Outreachy students from Cameroon, India and Taiwan, not to mention many others from around the world through guidance on bugs, patch review and casual conversations.

Despite only speaking English (and fragments of Gujarati and Spanish), my key skillset is bridging the communication and culture gap between technical and non-technical users. I’m fluent in technical jargon and can translate that into plain language when helping people out over chat, in person and on technical village pumps. And I’m able to diagnose user complaints, turning them into actionable bug reports on Phabricator.

A key part of the WMF’s work is in developing and maintaining technical features – it is crucial that the board has someone who has real experience developing, deploying and maintaining features that meet Wikimedia's unique technical requirements. I regularly hear that the board and WMF upper management are out of touch with the needs of the developers and editors doing the work on the ground, and don’t realize the full scope or implications of projects they sign off on. Having collaboratively developed user scripts, gadgets, Toolserver/Toolforge tools, and MediaWiki extensions to benefit a diverse group of contributors, I’d bring a bridge to the technical community that is desperately lacking.

Опыт работы в качестве сторонника создания безопасных и совместных пространств для всех и/или опыт работы в ситуациях или контексте цензуры, репрессий или других посягательств на права человека.
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As an administrator, IRC channel operator, and member of the Technical Code of Conduct Committee, I have significant experience ensuring users can work together in safe/collaborative spaces by working to catalyze and de-escalate situations, stepping in with sanctions to protect contributors as necessary.

I've invested time developing and improving anti-abuse/power user tools that give control to users on-wiki like AbuseFilter, SpamBlacklist and GlobalCssJs.

Creating safe spaces requires identifying and reducing power imbalances. In the technical community, there is a de facto power disparity between paid WMF developers and volunteer developers. To counteract this, I regularly mentor and support newer developers and nominate them for “+2” merge rights (which WMF staff get by default). A thriving and empowered volunteer developer community is essential to sustain the Wikimedia movement.

WMF staff also need a safe space, and must not be constantly in fear of being re-organized at the whims of a constantly changing upper management. The board must support the unionization of staff in addition to the previously promised ombudsperson.

I regularly fight attempts at censorship through my work with Kiwix, the offline Wikipedia reader, by packaging it for Debian, which makes it easier for users to install. Recently I wrote a guide showing how to set up a local mirror of the Russian Wikipedia using Kiwix and Debian.

At my day job, I’m privileged to continue the work that the late Aaron Swartz started in SecureDrop, building and supporting software to protect whistleblowers and journalists.

Опыт в отношении (или в качестве члена, по вашему желанию) группы, которая сталкивалась с исторической дискриминацией и недопредставленностью в структурах власти (включая, но не ограничиваясь кастой, расой, этнической принадлежностью, цветом кожи, национальным происхождением, гражданством, гендерной идентичностью, гендерным выражением, сексуальной ориентацией, возрастом, религией, языком, культурой, образованием, способностями, доходом и окружающей средой).
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I am a person of color and do not feel comfortable sharing more than that publicly.
Проверка Проверка выполняется избирательной комиссией или сотрудниками Фонда Викимедиа.
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Подтверждено:: Matanya (talk) 09:03, 17 May 2022 (UTC)
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Подтверждено:: Joe Sutherland (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 23:55, 18 May 2022 (UTC)

2022 Board of Trustees Analysis Committee Rating

This table shows the candidate rating provided by the 2022 Board of Trustees Analysis Committee
Candidate Name Wikimedia Background Sought Skills Sought Regional Experience Human Rights & Underrepresentation Overall rating from the average score of the four categories Overall rating from the average score of the nine criteria
Kunal Mehta Gold Silver Silver Silver Silver Gold