Whose Knowledge? supports the cooperation and collaboration of artists, activists, academics, researchers, technologists, libraries, museums, archives, and other interested individuals and institutions around the world to:

    • recognise the importance of these digital sources
    • work towards further digitisation, and
    • commit to sharing them with the world under freely accessible licenses or public domain where possible.


Organizing Principles

    • A multi-year and multi-language global campaign that meets people where they’re at. We’re not building a traditional organization, but instead seek to connect, amplify, and facilitate many other groups doing this work. We also seek to advocate for the urgency and necessity of adopting this work to other groups who should be using this lens, but don’t do so yet.
    • With a feminist anti-colonial framework  that localises and contextualises the work. We work in full partnership with communities, organizations and networks whose knowledge has been marginalized on the internet, and respect each partner’s right to adapt materials to their own contexts. We affirm the diversity, plurality, fluidity, and intersectionality of issue, identity, and approach. How we do this work is as important as what we do.
    • Using open source and open culture principles. Whenever possible, we seek free and open solutions and advocate for open repositories. We commit to working collaboratively and as transparently as we can.
    • With a commitment to safety and security. Openness must be balanced with  safety and security for participants. Many of the open online spaces we work in cannot be fully secured, but we put the safety of marginalized communities first, and as requested, will protect identities and other personal or confidential information. We commit to incubating work in safe spaces when needed.

How These Principles Work In Practice

Open Licenses

We balance openness of design and data with the dignity and security of marginalised communities.

We are committed to licensing the content on this site with the open license: CC BY-SA 4.0. This means that unless otherwise specified, information and content on this site can be freely shared, changed or reused. You must acknowledge Whose Knowledge? and the other creators of this content as you do so, whether communities, organisations, or people. You also must distribute your new work with the same license.

However, because we work with marginalised communities who have historically seen their knowledge exploited by others, we are respectful of all that they generously share with us and the world. They may, at any time, request that some portion of the knowledge they share with us be licensed with restrictions other than CC BY-SA 4.0. In those specific instances, we will mark what they share with a license that reflects their wishes (for example: CC BY-NC 4.0, which does not allow for commercial use, i.e. for profit).



Phase 1 – Awareness

Activities: Mapping existing resources, bodies of existing knowledge and gaps. around internet design, architecture, governance, knowledge productions and disseminations. Build awareness of who and what is out there, as well as raise awareness with partners.

Phase 2 – Adoption and Adaption

Activities: Creating and testing toolkits and practices, collating best practices from partners and others, experimenting with how to adapt for different needs and contexts. Using Global South and gender as the primary lens, starting some pilot actions and micro campaigns.

Phase 3 – Action

Activities: Launch and execute on a global campaign, offering key organizing principles, toolkits and other resources to partners and beyond to create, collate and make different forms of knowledge accessible online. Partner with international and national media organisations and platforms to amplify and highlight this campaign.


What success looks like

We experiment to see what works. Some ways that we think about success include:

  • Is more and better quality content about underrepresented communities and issues freely available and accessible online?
  • Is there more agency and participation from traditionally marginalised individuals, groups and communities in creating, improving and disseminating knowledge online?
  • Are more individuals and institutions aware of the ways in which the internet can deepen existing social inequalities, even as it can be a democratic public space?