Dr Heather Ford

The next MediaCom Seminar will take place on Wednesday 9 November with Dr Heather Ford from the University of Leeds.

The seminar will take place 4:00-5:30pm on Wednesday 9 November in Bankfield House Seminar Room – all welcome.

‘Anyone can edit’. Not everyone does: Wikipedia and the gender gap.

Feminist STS has long established that science’s provenance as a male domain continues to define what counts as knowledge and expertise. Wikipedia, arguably one of the most powerful sources of information today, was initially lauded as providing the opportunity to rebuild knowledge institutions by providing greater representation of multiple groups. Yet, less than ten percent of Wikipedia editors are women and large parts of the developing world remain underrepresented on Wikipedia. This talk takes as its starting point an article currently under review which is co-authored by Heather Ford and the feminist Science and Technology Studies scholar, Judy Wajcman. The goal is to present a consolidated analysis of the gendering of Wikipedia using the literature of platform and infrastructure studies and to suggest a method for analyzing the origins of bias on platforms.

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