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Wikipedia At 20: The Promises And Pitfalls Of The "Free Encyclopedia"

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When you want to learn about an obscure topic, where do you turn? For many, it’s a free, online encyclopedia which now contains more than 55 million user-created articles. This hour, we talk about 20 years of Wikipedia.

We get a behind the scenes look at the sites’ editing process, including the tools the Wikipedia community has developed to fight misinformation.

And we talk about how some users are working to address the site’s persistent gender, racial, and geographic disparities.

Are you a “Wikipedian”?

GUESTS:

  • Molly White - Longtime Wikipedia editor based in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sherry Antoine - Executive director of AfroCROWD, a Wikimedia initiative to improve engagement of people of African descent in Wikipedia in both content and editorship
  • Ariella Rotramel - Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies at Connecticut College 

<--break->Learn more about AfroCROWD's virtual BlackWikiHistoryMonth21 Event with NYU LA on Feb. 25, 2021.

Cat Pastor contributed to this program.

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