Wiki foundation wants to 'decolonize the internet' with more African contributors

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    "Only about 20 percent of Wikipedia's knowledge is produced by folks from the global south," Anasuya Sengupta said. And with that remark, the knowledge activist and co-director of the "Whose Knowledge?" campaign opened the "decolonizing the internet" pre-conference workshop of the Wikimedia Foundation's annual Wikimania. It's the first time that the conference is being held in sub-Saharan Africa.

    "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 knowledges," Sengupta said.

    The volunteer authors, librarians, artists and activists invited to the upcoming Wikimania conference in Cape Town will concern themselves with how to achieve that. From July 20 to July 22, they will try to find ways to attract more black people and women to Wikimedia.

    Wikimedia projects include Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikidata, Wikibooks and Wiktionary. White European and American men provide 80 percent of the content. Only one in every 10 Wiki authors is a woman, the Wikimedia Foundation estimates.
    Wiki foundation wants to 'decolonize the internet' with more African contributors | DW | 19.07.2018

    That's it. The more people writing, hijacking, citing questionable material if there are any sources at all.......the better.
     
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    Oh that's just great. Now I'll start getting more of those Nigerian emails telling me that I can have 10 million dollars if I just send them $87.
     
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    I'm for that ...

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    Why not? We might get some unusual content, the many uses of elephant dung, how to poach Rhino horns without dying. I can't wait!
     
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    You got sloppy on this one D. Maybe this is the reason.

    As you can see above, there's quite a northerly bias: According to Rankin, roughly 88 percent of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere, with about half north of 27 degrees north.Aug 12, 2010
     
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    What's to be sloppy about? Remember how excited about how cool it was going to be? And then there were knock down drag out wars with someone going in and editing a bunch of crap on an article and then someone else would go in and correct it and then a few hours later the first person would come in and do it over again?

    Good times.
     
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    Keep bringing it to us.
     
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    How is this a bad thing? Bring more education and technology to the third world and it won't be such a shit hole.
     
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    I'm not sure where you got it was a bad thing.
     

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