AfroCROWD Presents: Intro to Wikimedia and How to Edit Wikipedia

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 12:30 to Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 15:00
Brooklyn Public Library

AfroCROWD invites you to editing Wikipedia workshops for Afrodescendant community - find out more and RSVP!

Against the backdrop of Black History Month, these workshops on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8 seek to further the International Decade for People of African Descent’s development and education goals and Wikimedia’s goal of increasing its reach. Technology companies Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Twitter have recently reported that their workforce is 2% Black, a figure non-proportionate to the 13% of Blacks living in the United States. The Black Twitter phenomenon shows that Afrodescendants have successfully capitalized on social media as an organizing tool. Exposing more Afrodescendants to Wikimedia has the potential to take this foray a step further and transfer skills that might deepen Afrodescendant exploration of online technology. But beyond it all, editing Wikipedia alone or as a group is a constructive and rewarding way to spend time online.

The workshops will be the first in a series of activities by Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD), a new initiative that seeks to increase the number of people of African descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. The workshops are open to all Afrodescendants 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.

Although the February workshops will be held in English, they will take into account that many Afrodescendant groups in the United States might find that access to Wikipedia’s multilingual crowdsourcing platform can help them transfer free knowledge to populations of African descent outside of the United States that they are connected to through origin or direct familial bonds. Multilingual Afrodescendants may also want to use such platforms to develop and maintain online bodies of relevant knowledge in native languages such as Garifuna, Haitian Kreyòl, Igbo, Spanish or Yoruba, thereby contributing to the survival of and increasing their proficiency in those languages while also feeling more culturally grounded.

Sessions will be livestreamed to facilitate access to interested parties in cities other than NY who wish to attend.

AfroCROWD founders are Alice Backer, founder of and, a Brooklyn-based lawyer, blogger and free knowledge and culture enthusiast who has been aggregating and disseminating Haitian online expression since 2005 and Milos Rancic, founder of Anarchopedia, veteran Wikimedian with over 10 years in the movement, Wikimedia Language Committee member and chair of Interglider.ORG.

Outreach Partners: Afridiaspora  Afrolatin@ Project • Haitian Creole Language Institute of NY • Haiti Cultural Exchange • Port Académie

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