Wikipedia doesn’t track frequent contributors by race. But, “it’s a known fact inside our movement that black people are not well represented within the Wiki community,” says longtime editor Milos Rancic via e-mail from Serbia. (Indeed, Wikipedia has a detailed “systemic bias” article on its demographics.) Rancic, a former president of Wikimedia Serbia, one of the organization’s early chapters, has volunteered with Wikimedia for 11 of its 14 years in existence.
So who’s controlling the information received, and the edits of information, about people of African descent? And are people of African descent accurately represented among the existing body of articles and among the editors of Wikipedia?
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