Submissions:2014/Wiki Loves Capitol Hill

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Title of the submission
Themes (Proposal Themes - Outreach
Type of submission (Presentation Types - Presentation

15 minutes

Author of the submission
E-mail address
US state or country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedia DC
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

diffusion of knowledge is inherently political. in the wake of the SOPA blackout, there must be a continuing conversation with the existing political process.

one of the lessons learned from blackout is that members of congress are the older generation. we need to explain the internet to them. they may be unaware or do not care about our open knowledge mission. they may be unaware of the good works we are doing with GLAMs and Wikipedia Zero. they may be only hearing the voices of the paid lobbyists, with pecuniary interests.

a group of members of Wikimedia DC went to Capitol Hill to brief staff of members of Congress about concerns of the community. the 2013 briefing agenda consisted of 4 main points:

  • What is wikipedia?;
  • What is open source?;
  • What is copyright, and how does this interact with public domain?;
  • Wikipedia & GLAM

we will also have a 2014 briefing agenda

more importantly, we wanted to take the pulse of Congress to find out about pending public policy. we need to brief the community on the views of Congress.

Length of presentation/talk (see Presentation Types for lengths of different presentation types)
15 Minutes
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Special request as to time of presentations

no conflict with Leadership & Wikipedia

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  1. Geraldshields11 (talk) 10:02, 22 May 2014 (EDT)
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