Jonatan Svensson Glad

Jonatan Svensson Glad (born 23 January 1998) is a Swedish Wikipedian, telemarketer, sometimes charity worker, and probably also an LGBTQ+ activist, although where they stand on the Q is unclear.

Jonatan Svensson Glad // CC-BY-SA 4.0 // via Wikimedia Commons


On Wikipedia they go by Josve05a, they are an OTRS member and Wikimedia Commons admin, but not an admin on Wikipedia itself. Despite being natively Swedish, they have made around 80% of there Wikipedia edits to the English version rather than the Swedish version.

Work and education

Like a surprising number of Wikipedia administrators, they eventually ended up working for the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF). They were contracted as a Swedish Language Specialist Strategy Coordinator as part of the 2017 strategy discussion. As part of this they had a WMF account, as Josve05a (WMF). However the Wikimedia Foundation only employed him for a three month contract, from March 2017 to July 2017.

In January 2018 they became a board member and the treasurer of the Stockholm branch of the Liberal Youth of Sweden, part of the youth division of the Swedish Liberal party. This is the same Liberal Youth branch that unironically argued in 2016, that incest between 15 year olds and necrophilia should be legal. (archive)

But why?

Well it has to do with Genderdesk;

Imagine my surprise when I received a takedown notice from this guy. As it turns out, he published this photo of himself on Commons under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 creative commons license.

Genderdesk (linkarchive)

Now this was surprising, one would think that a guy like this wouldn’t send people copyright takedown notices, this is a commons administrator and former Wikimedia Foundation employee. Dedication to the abolitionist view on copyright is a core component to the Wikimedia mission.

It is clear Jonatan doesn’t actually support the free copyright movement at all, and is instead merely profiting from Wikimedia Commons as many savvy professional photographers do.

This is more than slightly hypocritical.

But wait! There’s more!

This was uncovered by Genderdesk, it’s just one of the examples of this.

Image: Twitter, @jonatanGlad; Fair dealing for criticism and review

So what the hell is this? Well it’s a letter they wrote as a response to someone emailing Wikipedia’s official helpline. It shows the high standard of professionalism that OTRS volunteers represent Wikipedia with.

His #1 hobby.

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