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.
- 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.
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?