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Whose Knowledge? Kira Allman, OpenCon Oxford 2019


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Talk by Dr Kira Allmann, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford. Kira worked for Whose Knowledge?, a global campaign to center the knowledge of marginalized communities (the majority of the world) on the internet and this is what her presentation focuses on. Presented at OpenCon Oxford event, 6th December 2019.

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Whose Knowledge? Kira Allman, OpenCon Oxford 2019

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  2. 2. Who is ‘Whose Knowledge’?
  3. 3. 50% of the world is now online 75% from the Global South (Asia and the Pacific Islands, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East) 45% of all women are online The Numbers
  4. 4. The internet does not look or sound like many of us in this room. But…
  5. 5. Knowledge Gaps Published knowledge and the internet does not look like the majority of the world.
  6. 6. What do we care about? We are a global campaign to center the knowledge of marginalized communities (the majority of the world) on the internet. Whose Knowledge? is a radical re-imagining and re-design of the internet, so that together we build and defend an internet of, for and by all.
  7. 7. Wikipedia… Only 10% of Wikipedia editors are women or non- binary Only around 20% of public knowledge is produced on or by people from the Global South Wikipedia as a Proxy
  8. 8. With permission from Mark Graham and the Oxford Internet Institute
  9. 9. So what are we doing about it?
  10. 10. When women’s faces are missing from Wikipedia, their invisibility online and offline spreads.
  11. 11. Centering Marginalized Communities Dalit By Zhengan, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons By Dondolids, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons By Seeeko CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Queer Bosnian Kumeyaay
  12. 12. “Our knowledges are urgent... They are plural. Our knowledges are transformative. They are hope.”
  13. 13. There are 7000+ languages in the world Only 10 of these languages are spoken by most of the people using the Internet (English and Chinese dominate) The Issues
  14. 14. Only 130 million books have been published in about 480 languages (of the 7000+ languages that exist). 7% of the world’s languages appear in published material, and an even smaller fraction of these languages are available online. The Issues
  15. 15. The Campaign ● Seeing language as a proxy for knowledge ● Creating a truly multilingual internet ● Mapping challenges and opportunities ● Creating a practical agenda for actionBy Tinaral, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
  16. 16. State of the World’s Languages Report How are you or your community using language online? What do you wish you could share in your language online that you can’t today? What does online content in your language look like? What’s missing? What technologies do you use to communicate in your language? What is challenging about using your language online?
  17. 17. Community Networks 50% of the world is still not online Commercial providers are failing to extend connectivity to rural/marginalized communities Community networks = owned and operated by local communities (they own the infrastructure!) Two lessons when you build the internet from the ground up: • Sometimes local, not global, is the priority. • Linguistic and literacy barriers keep people offline – technologies themselves only get you so far.
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