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I joined the Wikimedia Foundation in April 2015 as Legal Counsel.
Prior to working at Wikimedia, I worked at The New York Times Company as the First Amendment Fellow where I helped manage the Times' litigation including, libel, subpoena, and FOIA work and advised reporters on other matters. After law school, I clerked for J. Rosemary Pooler, United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was previously a Harvard University Sheldon Knox fellow at Oxford University.
Before pursuing the law, I was a journalist and graduated from Columbia Journalism School. I continue to be a journo junkie. Outside of WMF, I serve as pro bono counsel to Freedom of the Press Foundation and am a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. In my free time, I hike, spend time making art, and read feminist literature.
My role is to serve as a Legal Counsel with a focus on First Amendment issues. In particular, I will be helping with Wikimedia's trademark, copyright, public policy, and also human resources issues, in addition to a wide array of other matters.
- E-mail: vbaranetskywikimedia.org PGP: 1896 1873 18FB 7805 38BE C997 42B0 4D5E 2161 FD79