Indigenous representation in Wikipedia

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Indigenous representation in Wikipedia

  1. 1. Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA): Indigenous representation in Wikipedia Facilitated by Cobi Smith, Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, Australian Volunteers for International Development New Media and Communications Development, AIPP Research and Communications Development Programme At the IVA workshop for networking and developing a regional a regional indigenous media strategy, on Wednesday 17 July 2013 in Bangkok. Slides from this discussion are available for reference online at: www.slideshare.net/cobismith/IVAsiawikipedia
  2. 2. Who in this room has accessed Wikipedia?
  3. 3. Who in this room has edited Wikipedia?
  4. 4. “Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About
  5. 5. “There are more than 77,000 active contributors working on more than 22,000,000 articles in 285 languages.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About
  6. 6. Are you happy with how indigenous people in Asia are represented on Wikipedia?
  7. 7. Audience: Indigenous_peoples has been viewed more than 20476 times this month. Indigenous_peoples_of_the_Philippines has been viewed 8199 times this month. Karen_people has been viewed 6919 times this month. http://stats.grok.se/
  8. 8. Barriers to access Wikipedia are low. (if you have unfiltered internet access) Barriers to participate in Wikipedia are low. (aside from barriers indigenous people can face such as script illiteracy) Wikipedia’s transparency allows for anyone to decide for themselves about fairness of editorial decisions.
  9. 9. Thanks to transparency in changes made and topics covered, Wikipedia can be a platform for highlighting biases using evidence.
  10. 10. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_gap
  11. 11. Audience: Indigenous_peoples has been viewed more than 20476 times this month. Indigenous_peoples_of_the_Philippines has been viewed 8199 times this month. Karen_people has been viewed 6919 times this month. http://stats.grok.se/
  12. 12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_rights
  13. 13. Should Wikipedia be in our media strategy?

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