In the first part of our show we listen to a talk by Jennifer Eberhardt about the dangers and effect of implicit racial. bias in policing which is inherently unintentional yet more pervasive than explicit bias but equally deadly. Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias and the author of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do will also be speaking at the JCC of SF on April 1st at 7pm.
And in the second half of the show we look at sexual and racial bias in the internet Today, nearly half the world is online. Nearly 75% of this half comprises the people of the global south. Women are 45% of online users. Yet, the digital footprint of women and girls, reflecting real world iniquities, is tiny, More than 80 percent of the content produced on Wikipedia is written by 20% of people based in the global north. 1 in 10 wikipedia editors is a woman.
Recently a small fierce group of feminist geeks at “Whose Knowledge” came along and have been working hard to change these stark statistical realities. Wikipedia entry by wikipedia entry, one digital step at a time.
Whose Knowledge is a global campaign to center the knowledge of the marginalized communities to create a truly inclusive internet. .
Preeti Shakar and Lisa Dettmer talk to co-director of “Whose Knowledge”, , to discuss the work they are doing to decolonize the web.