Decolonise The Internet

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Wikipedia editing competition

After a successful kick-off with an Edit-A-Thon, we are now organizing a Wikipedia Competition: We are looking for the best new articles with African content on the Wikipedia! The best new articles stand a chance to win a brand-new laptop or tablet!

We are hoping to increase African topics written by Africans on the Wikipedia. The articles can be about anything related to Africa - from a topic like “traditional healing practices in Namibia” or the new album of a Namibian Musician, to forgotten figures of the independence struggle, it is up to you and your interests.

An independent jury will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • Word count (minimum of 100 words)
  • Presence of links to other pages
  • and info box
  • use of references
  • and correct categorisation.
Let’s work together on making the internet a more equal and representative place!

The competition will take place from August 1 to September 30, 2020 in two categories.

Category A:
People who have not yet published an article in Wikipedia or a Namibian newspaper / magazine before August 1, 2020
 
Category B:
People who wrote and published at least one article before August 1st, 2020.
People working in the field of Public Relation and journalism.
Prerequisite for participation is to registration until September 15th!

To register, please fill in the form found here:

The Project

During its inception, the Internet was seen as a vital instrument for democracy and equality. In 2020 and 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.

CALL FOR APPLICATION:
EDIT-A-THON FOR WOMXN!*

As a kick-off, we are organizing an Edit-A-Thon to open up the world of Wikipedia to Womxn from Africa! The articles should deal with the African subject.

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. 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 Wikipedia and are a Womxn, then this is for you. All you need is access to a computer and a stable Internet connection, and you are ready to go!

As an incentive, you can win prizes in our Wikipedia writing competition, which will take place from August to October 2020. The EDIT-A-THON FOR WOMXN serves as preparation with 4 online seminars and 4 different focal points on a Friday afternoon in August.

To register, send an email to library.windhoek@goethe.de  and we will provide you with more information.

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 project takes place in different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and has different formats, such as edit-a-thons, podcasts and texts.

*The term Womxn is an alternative spelling of Women and includes "people whose gender identity doesn’t fit in the traditional boxes” It is used to avoid the suggestion of sexism and patriarchal language, and to include transgender, non-binary, and non-white women.