We collaborate with community organizers, technologists, activists, academics, researchers, artists, libraries, archives, museums, and others around the world to center and share marginalized communities’ knowledge online.
Wikimedians and allies around the world, in partnership with Whose Knowledge?, hosted a challenge to add more images of women to Wikipedia throughout March 2018. Together, we can make notable women, who are often literally invisible online because they’re missing an image, more visible both on Wikipedia and the broader internet.
We won’t stop here! We invite women’s and feminist organizations, Wikipedia editors, user groups, chapters, and other partners around the world to collaborate with us in this effort, by uploading images to Commons under the VisibleWikiWomen category, and using the hashtag #VisibleWikiWomen to raise awareness. Stay tuned for future #VisibileWikiWomen challenges and edit-a-thons.
State of the Internet’s Languages
The internet and its different digital spaces provide one of the most critical infrastructures of knowledge, communication, and action today. Yet with over 7000 languages in the world (including spoken and signed languages), how many of these languages can we fully experience online?
On 23 February 2022 (just after the International Mother Language day), we launched the first ever State of the Internet’s Languages Report, together with our research partners at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and Oxford Internet Institute (OII). This report includes baseline research with both numbers and stories, looking at the issue from a variety of perspectives and contexts. The report is intended to raise awareness and help prioritize future actions. We believe it will demonstrate how far we are currently from a truly multilingual internet, and offer ideas for taking action.
Honouring Our Guardians
Honouring Our Guardians will center the leadership of Indigenous women activists, policy makers and scholars from different parts of the world through an international/translocal community of praxis for climate justice. It will test frames, policies and practices that are Indigenous in design and execution, through community pilots in three different locations: the Pacific Islands, the Great Basin area of the USA, and the Brazilian Amazon.
Analyses from this deeply collaborative and iterative process will challenge and transform mainstream narratives and policies around climate justice that have so far failed us because they are not systemic enough, nor led by those most affected.
Decolonizing the Internet
We feel strongly that this hidden crisis of “unknowing” – that we do not adequately know each other, our histories and knowledges well enough in a rich, diverse, multilingual, multicultural world – is at the core of many other crises of violence and injustice in our world. Many of us remain unseen and unheard, and this is made worse when our histories and knowledges are missing online. We also feel that the effort to change this – to re-imagine the internet, and knowledges on it – needs a multitude of us working together. So the idea for Decolonizing the Internet was born: a conference event in which “unusual” and “unlikely allies” – people who, like us, think about knowledge, the internet, or both – get to meet, talk, and scheme together to bring our different forms of knowledge onto the internet!
Numun Fund, A Feminist Fund for the Global South
Numun Fund is the first dedicated fund for feminist technology in and for the Global South. The fund seeks to seed technological infrastructures for feminist activism, organizations, and movements led by women, non-binary and trans people. It is co-created through the shared vision and activism of Jac sm Kee, Esra’a Al Shafei (Majal), and Anasuya Sengupta (Whose Knowledge?), in partnership with Prospera and incubated in Women Win.
Community Knowledge Sharing
Collaboration is a core value and organizing structure of Whose Knowledge?. We can only build an internet for everyone by working together with partners and allies, so we amplify, remix, and openly share all of our ideas, initiatives, and campaigns. We draw from and build on the powerful efforts of other organizations and communities working toward reimagining the internet, and we initiate projects and campaigns that are both inclusive and adaptable. Knowledge belongs to everyone, and so do our contributions to it! We are humbled and honored to share this mission and this space with extraordinary grassroots movements, communities, and campaigns that are transforming the internet in this very moment. We are activists, dreamers, and (most importantly) allies. And we seek to amplify our shared message to the world: the internet is for everyone, and should be from everyone. So we partner with and support many community movements and groups working to share their knowledge online.