During its inception, the internet was seen as a vital instrument for democracy and equality. In 2020, amidst a global pandemic and racial inequalities that are very much still alive, it is time to ask: Whose stories are told and who is telling these stories on the internet? And how do Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Bots shape our view of the world and perpetuate racisms? This is where the new Goethe-Institut project “Decolonise The Internet” sees its core.
As a kick-off, we are organizing Basic Wikipedia Modular Trainings to open up the world of Wikipedia to African Womxn! Studies have shown that most of the articles on the Wikipedia are written from Europe and the US – and articles written from Africa are mainly written by men.
Therefore, the aim is to encourage African Womxn to learn about Wikipedia and to take up the important task of adding knowledge to the world’s largest online reference that are relevant to them. This will increase visibility and representation of topics and languages which are important to both Womxn and Africans.
So if you want to learn how to write, edit and publish articles on the Wikipedia, then this is for you. All you need is access to a computer and a stable internet connection and you are ready to go!
The Basic Wikipedia Modular Trainings will be held ONLINE in October and consist of 5 sessions that last 2 hours each from Monday to Friday.
Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email with the exact time and dates of the training sessions and all necessary information on how to participate.
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