The “Decolonizing the internet” pre-conference workshop of the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual Wikimania is holding for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa. According to Anasuya Sengupta, the knowledge activist and co-director of the “Whose Knowledge?” campaign; “Only about 20 percent of Wikipedia’s knowledge is produced by folks from the global south.” “We essentially want to make the internet look much more like the real world. The complexities, the multitudes, the richness of all of our histories and knowledge,” he added.
From the 20th to 22nd of July, volunteer authors, librarians, artists and activists invited to the upcoming Wikimania conference in Cape Town will concern themselves with mainly devising strategies to attract more black people and women to Wikimedia. The Wikimedia projects include Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikidata, and Wikibooks. 80 percent of the content is estimated by the Foundation to be provided by white European and American men, and only one in every 10 Wiki authors is a woman.
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