In an article published in Smithsonian.com on September 30, 2016, a vital discussion was made about the necessity of including more Wikipedia articles about famous indigenous people. Due to the dearth of information on noted indigenous people like Esther Belin, a multimedia artist and poet who won Pushcart Prize, Wikipedia editors are being called to develop more content about these notable native figures.
As per the article, on October 2016, Wikipedia decides to hold Wikiconference North America to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day which will be attended by Wikipedia writers and editors. Wikipedia has started a joint venture of expanding the number of articles so that all the tribes, historical movements are safely archived before they are pushed into oblivion. This is a positive step in keeping the minority groups alive.
During the 2011 survey, it was found that women comprise only 8.5 % of the Wikipedia editors. Since then, edit a thons and competitions were scheduled by feminists to increase the percentage of women participation.
The biggest reason for the least Wikipedia coverage of indigenous people is due to unequal access to the internet by different strata of the population of the world. The research of 2015 at the University of Oxford showed that Wikipedia editors mainly represent their culture and race. There is a shortage of local editors who are willing to write about their culture and people. North American editors are more involved in compiling Wikipedia articles than African ones. Good broadband connection plays a pivotal role in this aspect.
Amongst the North American users too, it is seen that indigenous tribal people have very poor access to the internet. An FCC progress report in 2015 found out that 63% of tribals don’t have access to 25 Mbps / 3 Mbps broadband. The situation is much worse for rural tribal people.
In 2013, Siobhan Senier, an English Professor at the University of New Hampshire started a noble cause of content creation related to indigenous populations with the help of his students of 21st century Native American Literature class. However, many articles they produced were deleted by Wikipedia on the ground of “lack of notability”. The main reason behind this was under documentation and obscurity of their subjects.
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