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Submissions/Undeclared Paid Advocacy Editing, Enforcing the Terms of Use, Whose Job is it?

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Undeclared Paid Advocacy Editing, Enforcing the Terms of Use, Whose Job is it?
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Doc James (James Heilman)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wiki Project Med Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

We will begin by reviewing the TOU regarding undisclosed paid editing. This will be followed by a debate with panelist expected to touch on:

  1. Are the terms of use En Wikipedia policy?
  2. Who if anyone should enforce them?
  3. How should detection and enforcement occur?

Additional topics:

  • Recent paid editing issues
  • Arbcom’s stance on undisclosed paid editing
  • Freelance account takedowns by Fiverr and Odesk
  • Harassment and Outing policy
  • Future enforcement opportunities and challenges

Invited panelists: Jimmy Wales (has agreed to a 5 to 10 min introduction)
James Heilman, President of Wiki Project Med Foundation (10 min overview of stance)
Stephen Laporte, Legal Counsel at Wikimedia Foundation (10 min overview of position)
A member of En Wikipedia Arbcom (10 min overview of position)
All panelists 25 minutes of discussion and questions from the audience

  • WikiCulture & Community
  • Legal & Free Culture
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
60 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests

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  1. Can we have an undeclared paid advocate on the panel with a bag over their head for anonymity? Blue Rasberry (talk) 01:03, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  1. Definitely; I'm about to close ArbCom's ARCA request on this :P --L235 (talk) enwiki 21:39, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. GeorgeLouis (talk) 22:09, 14 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. I don't think I'll be putting up the funding to fly to Mexico City, but I support the topic of the panel and would be happy to discuss it without a bag over my head, were I attending. CorporateM (talk) 15:02, 30 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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