PODCAST: Can Black Wikipedia Take off Like Black Twitter

Podcast for Saturday, March 28, 2015 on AfrobeatRadio on WBAI 99.5 FM: " ... while Wikipedia does not track frequent contributors by race, it is a known fact inside our movement that black people are not well represented within the Wiki community" - longtime Wiki editor, Milos Rancic. 

With this reality, how do we begin to use the widespread of technology, significantly active and gross population of Afro-descendants heavily engaged in web platforms to also contribute and form strong communities around the Wikipedia content creation and editing knowledge-based platform? It is an inevitable fact about the many adverse effects and implications on the preservation of history, truth and the portrayal and depiction of Afro-descendants around the world. 

However, as juxtaposition to this unfortunate reality, it is also known that Afro-descendants play a significant role in the use of technology and social media as platforms to reach wide audiences and disseminate information across the globe. “The Black Twitter phenomenon in the U.S., and the use of Facebook in the Americas, shows that Afro-descendants have capitalized on social media as an organizing tool. Exposing more Afro-descendants to Wikimedia has the potential to take this journey a step further and transfer skills that might deepen Afro-descendant exploration of online technology.  By using such platforms to develop and maintain online bodies of relevant knowledge in native languages such as Garifuna, Haitian Kreyòl, Igbo, Spanish or Yoruba, Afro-descendant communities thereby contribute to the survival of and increase in their proficiency in those languages while also feeling more culturally grounded." - AfroCrowd.

Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia aka AfroCROWD is an initiative that seeks to counter the status quo by working to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. Among other strategies, the organization does this by hosting workshops open to all Afro-descendants including but not limited to individuals who self-identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean, Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian. AFROCROWD’S work also aims to advance the” development” principles of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. You can find out more at AfroCROWD @ www.afrocrowd.org.

PANEL:

  • Alice Backer, attorney, radio host Legacy of 1804 about Haitian current affairs and the founder of AfroCROWD (http://www.afrocrowd.org/). She has been aggregating and disseminating Haitian online expression for the past 10 years at websites such as www.haitianbloggers.com and blogs as kiskeacity.com. 
  • Amilcar Priestley, attorney and director of the AfroLatin@® Project (http://afrolatinoproject.org/).  AfroLatin@® Project aims to facilitate the digital curation of Afrolatino experiences and histories, and encouraging the use of digital tools for the socioeconomic and political development of Afrolatino communities.  
  • Regina Bultrón-Bengoa, Associate Coordinator Communications and Social Media at the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). She founded of Social Dot to provide affordable social media and digital marketing solutions to small businesses and small and mid-sized organizations related to the Arts.
  • Janet L. Sackey is Communications and Social Media Assistant at the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). She started a music blog, The Musical Hipster Feed, to promote the underground, local and global music scenes. 

with AfrobeatRadio’s Delphine Vakunta, Tyrene Wright & Wuyi Jacobs.

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