Profiles

  1. Digital archivist brings forgotten stories to light on Wikipedia

    Photograph courtesy of Shalor Toncray.

    “There are so many people who have sunk into obscurity and had their stories forgotten. We can’t put all of them on Wikipedia, but we can work on ensuring that we do what we can.”... Read more

  2. Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive, building the Bengali Wikipedia

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    Since becoming a Wikipedia editor, Hasive has tried to add something new to Wikipedia every day. He has visited over 30 universities across his country, Bangladesh, to tell the students about Wikipedia, co-organized events to encourage people to edit, and published a style guide book about the Bengali Wikipedia.... Read more

  3. “I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to stop writing”: Başak Tosun

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    Eleven years after hesitating to join Wikipedia, Başak Tosun has now created over 1,100 articles. “Many artists, writers and scientists were missing on Wikipedia,” she says. “I felt empowered knowing I could do something about it.”... Read more

  4. Writing Ghana into Wikipedia: Felix Nartey

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    Nartey helps address systemic bias on Wikipedia by adding content about his home country of Ghana and researching why fewer people from the African continent tend to edit the site.... Read more

  5. Wikipedia Zero joins Mossab Banat on his trip to freely share human knowledge

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    Banat has made over a hundred thousand edits and helped expand the Arabic Wikipedia while using zero-rate mobile data.... Read more

  6. Knowledge can’t be limited: Mervat Salman

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    “I want to spread the basic message of the Wikimedia movement by actively providing free knowledge for everyone,” says Mervat Salman, an Arabic Wikipedia contributor from Jordan. A community-elected administrator and organiser, true to her words, she contributes to science articles and works on reducing Wikipedia’s gender gap by creating new articles about women.... Read more

  7. Over a decade in, Piotr Konieczny is still editing and writing Wikipedia

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    Piotr Konieczny has created and developed thousands of articles in his thirteen years of editing Wikipedia—and for ten of those, he has been teaching students with it.... Read more

  8. “The future of information is going to be collaborative”: Jesús Lau

    Photo by Victor Grigas, CC BY-SA 3.0.

    A librarian by education, Jesús Lau has worked at five academic libraries in Mexico. As a regular Wikipedia reader, he values it for giving equal access to a comprehensive source of free knowledge. Professionally, he uses Wikipedia to teach information skills to undergraduate and doctoral students at Universidad Veracruzana, a public university in eastern Mexico.... Read more

  9. “Education is crucial for a culture of freedom and success”: Roxana Sordo

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    “As teachers, we are role models for our students, we are agents of change in the digital era. I think it’s fundamental to use new technologies such as Wikipedia in education.”... Read more

  10. For freedom of information: Allan Aguilar

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    Aguilar researches cryptography and politics; he believes that when internet users are exchanging messages or browsing, the content should be protected by the same privacy an electoral vote has. This is what he calls the “democracy of the internet.”... Read more