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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 existing, 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.



We are organizing an Edit-A-Thon to open up the world of Wikipedia to contributors from Africa! Studies have shown that most of the articles on the Wikipedia are written from Europe and the US.

Therefore, the aim is to encourage Africans 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 which are important to 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 Edit-A-Thon will take place from on the 18th December to the 30th January. We will offer trainings session for those who need to familiarise with contributing on Wikipedia from the 7th  to the 17 December 2020. To register, please fill the registration form till the 20th January the latest.

We plan to host an editing and translation competition with great prizes. So you don’t want to miss out on learning the first steps.

Let’s work together on making the internet a more equal place!

The Goethe-Institut’s new programme “Decolonise the Internet” focuses on bridging the unequal representation of voices from the Global South on the internet and aims to increase awareness on how AI and Algorithms might perpetuate racisms. The projects takes place in ten different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and has different formats, such as edit-a-thons, podcasts and texts. In Camerron, the Goethe-Institut has partnered with the Wikimedians of Cameroons Users’ Group.

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