Eyebeam to host an “all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to contemporary art and feminism”

I’d advocate even broader interventions than those coming out of the list of universities. This intervention is not hacking per se but I think it has a hacker mentality. While I’m into PHYSICAL HACKING this is also an “intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.”


Eyebeam invites those interested to attend

“in New York City for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to contemporary art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, childcare and refreshments. Bring your laptop, powercord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

With 20+ satellite edit-a-thons also happening internationally, including:

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2010 survey it was revealed that less than 13% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public behavior, and the contentious nature of exchanges between Wikipedia editors. However, the practical effect of this disparity is clear—with more articles on notable women missing when compared to Encyclopaedia Britannica—Wikipedia is clearly skewed. This represents a huge inequality in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that.

Organized by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America‘s Women and Art Special Interest Group, Jacqueline Mabey/The office of failed projects, former Eyebeam Fellow Michael Mandiberg and current Eyebeam Fellow Laurel Ptak.

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