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The Project

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

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Whose stories are told and who is telling these stories on the internet? These are some of the questions the Goethe-Institut project “Decolonise The Internet” asks. We now continue our series of exciting edit-a-thons with the aim of opening up the Wikipedia to more stories from the continent! Join us on Saturday, 20 February and Saturday, 6 March to learn how you can add and edit articles on the world's largest online reference.

Studies have shown that most of the articles on the Wikipedia are written from Europe and the US. Therefore, we are challenging you to take up the important task of adding knowledge to the Wikipedia - knowledge that is relevant to YOU. We particularly encourage you to write in local languages apart from English to increase the amount of articles found in these languages!

The project is done in collaboration with Wikimedia ZA. The workshop will be held by Bobby Shabangu on Saturday, 20 February and Saturday, 6 March. The workshop will take place from 10 am to 1pm on both days.

To register, please fill send a mail to vulane.mthembu@goethe.de


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 projects takes place in ten different countries in sub-Saharan Africa and has different formats, such as edit-a-thons, podcasts and texts. In South Africa, the Goethe-Instiut has partnered with the WikimediaZA Foundation and Whose Knowledge.

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