2023:Program/Submissions/The effects of IP Blocking on contribution to the free knowledge - KKAEE3

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Title: The effects of IP Blocking on contribution to the free knowledge


Antoni Mtavangu

Cofounder-Wikimedia Tanzania, One of the EARTH core team members

Bobby Shabangu

Bobby Shabangu is a South African Wikipedia editor who is dedicated to improving the quality of African content on Wikipedia. He has been an active Wikipedia editor since 2012, and has worked on a number of Wikimedia projects and has contributed to various Wikipedia language projects. Bobby is a President of Wikimedia ZA and also sits on the WikiIndaba Steering Committee (WISCom).

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Type: Panel

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 60 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

This session is intended to spotlight difference IP blocking scenario around the world particularly in Africa, its effects and possible future of it.

Description[edit source]

Now a days, IP blocking has become an issue and one of the big topics within the movement when it comes to contributing to free knowledge particularly when contributing to Wikimedia projects. African Wiki communities among other communities around the world has become a victim of this action. We have have heard stories from different event organizers and participants on how IP blocking has been affecting their efforts to contribute to the sum of all knowledge, Wikipedia, and its other sister projects. Recently, we have seen the even difficultness of using WMF tools in running Wiki editathons and workshops due to that in some scenario, both organizers and participants get IP blocked at the same time, something that causes wastage of resources and time, moreover discouragement to new comers. This session intents to bring Wikimedians who can share their stories on IP blocking, how it affected their work, their opinion on the matter as far as the future is concerned and have a conclusive thoughts on how Wikimedians express this matter. This will help the foundation and the Movement at large to do any positive ammendments to the IP blocking policy and any other suitable equitable way of making sure people from different communities (especially those who depends on the single or limited number of internet sources) to be able to contribute to the free knowledge ecosystem.

Further details[edit source]

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

This event will be helpful in building conducive environment for people from different backgrounds to be able to contribute to WMF projects and a free knowledge ecosystem

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

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

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

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