What does it mean for the knowledge and communities previously left out by structures of power and privilege to have a place at the heart of Wikipedia? What are the challenges that marginalized communities face when sharing knowledge on Wikimedia projects? What makes it easier or joyful?
This panel discussion will engage with these questions and more. Panelists from marginalized communities from around the world will share our own experiences with bringing our knowledge online on projects like Wikipedia.
We are convened by Whose Knowledge?, a global campaign to center the knowledge of marginalized communities on Wikimedia projects and the broader internet. 3/4 of the online population of the world today comes from the global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America), and nearly half those online are women. Yet the bulk of knowledge on Wikipedia so far has been written by white men from Europe and North America. To address this, Whose Knowledge? works particularly with women, people of color, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and others from the global South, who produce knowledge with the support of ally Wikimedians.
As community organizers, knowledge scholars, and allies, panelists will share examples from recent projects that have tested approaches for centering marginalized knowledge on Wikimedia and the broader internet, and discuss where we can go next.
The panel will move into roundtable discussion with the audience for the session's second half. Let's all share what's working, what isn't, and where we can go next as a movement to achieve our shared vision of the sum of all human knowledge.
Attendees will learn new methods and practices for centering knowledge production from and of marginalized communities, in ways that can help us all expand the sum of all human knowledge. In particular, Wikimedians will grapple together with the gains and challenges of being allies to these communities in creating and curating Wikimedia content.