Decolonize the Internet

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Goethe Institut

If you want to learn how to write, edit and publish articles on Wikipedia, then this is for you!

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 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 and inequalities? This is where the new Goethe-Institut project “Decolonise the Internet” sees its core.


For this Wikipedia competition we are looking for the best new articles and translations with African content for Wikipedia! You could either translate an already existing English article into our local language (Kinyarwanda) present on the Wikipedia or create a completely new article in Kinyarwanda. The best articles and translations stand a chance to WIN a brand-new tablet!

We are hoping to increase the amount of articles in African languages and on African topics written by Africans on the Wikipedia. The articles can be about anything related to Africa.
An independent jury of experienced Wikipedians will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • Deal with anything related to Africa (place, person, tradition…)
  • Word count (minimum of 100 words)
  • Presence of links to other pages 
  • Have an info box
  • Presence of references / sources
  • Correct categorization 
  • If the article is a translation: The article must have been translated from English, French or German into Kinyarwanda and also meet the criteria above.

Let’s work together on making the internet a more equal and representative place!
The competition will take place from 19 September to 19 October 2020. To register, please fill in the form found here

How to participate Steps:

Step 1
Create a User Account on Wikipedia (if you do not have one already)

Step 2
To participate, click on this sign up link

Find an article of interest that needs improvement or new articles that could be created

Step 4
Start: Editing, Translation or creating a new article

Wikipedia Competition

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 algorhythms might perpetuate racisms. The project takes place in ten different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and has different formats, such as edit-a-thons. In Rwanda, the Goethe-Institut will be implementing with the Rwanda Wikimedian’s group.