Yana Welinder

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Yana Welinder
Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Yana Welinder

About me

Before joining the Wikimedia Foundation, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at California Western School of Law, where I taught E-Commerce Law and Information Privacy Law. Before that, I worked with Internet law and digital rights as a Google Policy Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a Summer Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School. I have also worked with public and business law in private practice.

I have an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from University of Southern California, and an LL.B. from the London School of Economics. I am licensed to practice law in California and New York and I speak Swedish and Russian in addition to English.

I am also a Junior Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet & Society and regularly speak at conferences and publish on Internet law issues. When I'm not lawyering, I love to travel, hike, cook, paint, and explore everything design.

My work

I focus on Wikipedia Zero, trademarks, privacy, copyright, and various other matters that arise out of running all the wonderful Wikimedia projects.
Disclaimer: Although I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, contributions under this account do not necessarily represent the actions or views of the Foundation unless expressly stated otherwise. For example, edits to articles or uploads of other media are done in my individual, personal capacity unless otherwise stated. The legal team can only represent the Wikimedia Foundation on legal matters, so we are unable to give legal advice to others, including community members, editors, or contributors. Communications with members of the legal team are not consultations and do not create any confidential relationship.

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