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Wikimedia Foundation joins as member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation

As a CNCF member, the Wikimedia Foundation will help shape and influence dialogue around the future of open source technologies

(San Francisco, California) 23 October 2017 — Today, the Wikimedia Foundation has joined as a member organization of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the governance body for a suite of cloud-native open source technologies.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a sub-foundation of the Linux Foundation, hosts critical components of open source software stacks — among them Kubernetes and Prometheus — that the Wikimedia Foundation currently uses in its cloud services and production networks. Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization.

As an end user member of the CNCF, the Wikimedia Foundation will have the opportunity to participate and influence dialogue about the future of these technologies alongside other leaders in open source. This will include advising the CNCF Governing Board and Technical Oversight Committee members on key challenges, emerging use cases and areas of opportunity and new growth for cloud native technologies. The Wikimedia Foundation will also gain access to conferences and events held worldwide to improve the software.

“Being able to provide input in the planning process for these technologies is beneficial for our long-term use of the software,” said Bryan Davis, Engineering Manager of Wikimedia Cloud Services. “It also shows that the Foundation has a level of commitment and involvement with the FLOSS software world beyond our own projects.”

"Supporting the technology needs of the Wikimedia movement is the core work of the Technology department of the Wikimedia Foundation,” said Wikimedia Foundation Chief Technical Officer, Victoria Coleman. “We are constantly examining and evolving our core offerings to improve the reliability, performance, and ease of use of our products and platforms. Interacting with peer organizations through an aligned group like the CNCF allows us to both share what we have learned with others and to learn new things ourselves."

About Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of those software stacks including Kubernetes, Fluentd, linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt and CNI. CNCF serves as the neutral home for collaboration and brings together the industry’s top developers, end users and vendors – including the six largest public cloud providers and many of the leading private cloud companies. CNCF is part of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization. For more information about CNCF, please visit: https://cncf.io/.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Wikimedia Foundation press contact

Samantha Lien - Communications Manager
press@wikimedia.org



Wikimedia Foundation appoints Tony Sebro as Deputy General Counsel

(San Francisco, California) 1 March 2018 — The Wikimedia Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Tony Sebro as Deputy General Counsel. Tony joins the Foundation after working since 2011 at the Software Freedom Conservancy—a public charity that acts as the home for more than 40 free and open source software projects. He brings more than 15 years of technological, open source, and business strategy experience to the organization.

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects. Together, Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects are visited by more than a billion unique devices every month. The Wikimedia Foundation is driven by its mission to build a world in which every single person can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

“We are incredibly fortunate and excited to be able to have such a talented attorney join us who brings a magic mixture of legal expertise in nonprofit governance and compliance, technology, and open source — areas that are critical to the Wikimedia Foundation’s work,” said Eileen Hershenov, General Counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation. “We are looking forward to Tony maintaining strong and supportive interactions with the executive staff, affiliate organizations, and volunteer communities.”

As Deputy General Counsel, Tony will work closely with the General Counsel to coordinate all of the organization's legal activities. He will oversee the department's day-to-day operations and advise and counsel on several areas of the law, including intellectual property, free speech, and privacy. Tony will also support the global expansion of the Foundation's initiatives and legal strategy, including coordination with foreign counsel, like-minded organizations, and individuals to advance Wikimedia's legal interest in support of its mission, vision, values and goals.

While at Software Freedom Conservancy, Tony negotiated contracts, managed legal risk, enforced the GPL on behalf of Linux copyright holders, and advised Conservancy's member projects. He also spent the last two years as a coordinator for the Outreachy initiative, which offers paid remote internships with free and open source software and free culture organizations to people underrepresented in tech.

Earlier in his career, Tony handled both business development and legal issues relating to intellectual property—in private practice with the PCT Law Group and Kenyon & Kenyon LLP—and as a business development professional and licensing executive with IBM’s Technology and Intellectual Property Group. In 2017, Tony received the O’Reilly Open Source Award for his exceptional impact in free software.

“I’m excited about joining an organization that’s dedicated to collecting knowledge of all kinds and making it free to any individual who wishes to access it,” Tony said. "It has been a pleasure getting to know the organization's exceptionally talented group of lawyers. I look forward to standing alongside them as we continue to defend and advocate for the world's preeminent free knowledge projects."

Tony received his J.D. and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the New York bar, has registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. In his spare time, Tony enjoys music production, rooting for DC-area sports teams, and spending time with his wife, Beth, and son.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

Wikimedia Foundation press contact

Samantha Lien - Communications Manager
press@wikimedia.org