February 7th & 8th: AfroCROWD – Intro to Wikimedia & How to Edit Wikipedia 101

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Against the backdrop of Black History Month, this workshop seeks 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 open up a gateway into actual careers in the technology field. Beyond it all workshop participants will find that editing Wikipedia alone or as a group is a constructive and rewarding way to build community, network and spend time online.

The workshops will be the first in a series of activities by Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD), a new initiative which 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.

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