2023:Program/Equity and Community Health/NNCYXQ-Empowering senior citizens through Wikimedia: promoting digital literacy and preventing misinformation.

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Title: Empowering senior citizens through Wikimedia: promoting digital literacy and preventing misinformation.


Carla Toro

Astronomer by profession, and Science Communicator specialist. She has specialized in Scientific Communication and Free Knowledge. Since 2020, she has been part of Wikimedia Chile in the community area, generating instances of gender, human rights, culture, among others. She is also part of a foundation that teaches Astronomy to children.

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Room: Room 324

Start time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:00:00 +0800

End time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:20:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

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Presentation language: es

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

This talk highlights the work of Wikimedia Chile in promoting digital literacy among senior citizens. Additionally, the talk shows the methodology used in the project, where the objective was to empower senior citizens to navigate the digital world with confidence and accuracy.

Description[edit source]

During the past year, Wikimedia Chile has been working to promote digital literacy among senior citizens, recognizing that this group often faces barriers when it comes to accessing and understanding information in the digital age. The objective of this talk is to showcase the work that has been done by WMCL in this area, and to introduce the methodology of the workshop that has been developed to empower seniors with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the digital world.

Our main objective was to prevent the spread of misinformation and to promote the use of reliable sources. Our workshop provided tips and strategies for identifying and verifying trustworthy sources of information, including Wikipedia. By teaching senior people how to distinguish between credible and unreliable sources, they are empowered to make informed decisions and avoid falling prey to misinformation. The talk will cover the benefits of promoting digital literacy among senior people, such as increased social interactions and greater confidence.

Finally, we will provide the methodology and results of the work done by WMCL with the community of senior people. By sharing this with other organizations and communities, we can promote digital literacy and reduce the digital divide among senior citizens.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The presentation promotes diversity by recognizing the unique needs and challenges faced by senior people when it comes to accessing and understanding digital information. By offering support and guidance, we can enable older adults to engage with the digital world and participate more fully in society.

Additionally, the talk emphasizes the importance of collaboration in promoting digital literacy among senior people. By partnering with community centers, and other organizations, we can reach a wider audience and provide more comprehensive support.

Finally, the presentation points towards a future where digital literacy is seen as an essential skill for people of all ages. By promoting digital literacy among senior people, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand