Knowledge Belongs to All of Us


[BEEPING] [MUSIC PLAYING] For me, the idea
of Wikipedia as a truly global project is really fundamental. And so I think it’s really
important that as more and more people come online that
we are a welcoming place, and not just for them to
read the content that’s been written, but for them
to write and to participate in their own language,
about their own localities, their own history. It’s about how can we
make Wikipedia better, and how can we make Wikipedia
better for everyone? SUBJECT 3: People have
to travel miles and miles to come to Africa just to
learn about our culture. Why can’t we just
put this online so people can just sit
in their homes and learn? We’re here for
a Wikipedia edit-a-thon entitled Plants and People. I’m studying the history of botany in the Russian Empire
in the 18th century. I’ve never edited a
Wikipedia page before, so I thought I might come
and learn how to do that. Hearing, like, no, you have
access to the internet, you know what a good source is,
you have a voice to contribute, and this is how to do
it, is really empowering. Wikipedia doesn’t collect data from its users. So whatever pages
you see, they don’t try to collect as much
information about you as possible. And yet, Wikipedia
doesn’t run ads. So the price of Wikipedia’s
freedom and independence is donations. Information in itself is useless until it’s been shared
with the whole world. And the only way you can
do that is through a medium like Wikipedia.

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