Can we count the sum of all human knowledge?

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I was recently at Wikimedia’s HQ in San Francisco to give a short talk about some of the geographic imbalances in Wikipedia. I was telling a now familiar story: one where not only do we not see many contributions from… Continue Reading


Digging deeper into the localness of participation in Sub-Saharan African Wikipedia content

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The previous two posts about the geography of contributions to Wikipedia showed both the different types of local engagement that different regions have, and the primary reason that Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, has such a low proportion of locally created… Continue Reading


Harare’s Fledgling Tech Entrepreneurs

Tech entrepreneurship is definitely on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, actually, this rise is not evenly distributed across Africa’s vast geography. Leaving aside South Africa, we can observe that the emergence of content and application startup activity has so… Continue Reading


Explaining locally-contributed content in Wikipedia about Sub-Saharan Africa

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An earlier post showed how different parts of the world have very different levels of engagement with local content in Wikipedia. The data presented there showed that a majority of content about North America and Europe are created in those… Continue Reading


New book: Research and Fieldwork in Development

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  I’m delighted to announce the release of a new book that I co-wrote with colleagues Dan Hammett and Chasca Twyman: ‘Research and Fieldwork in Development.’ The book draws on our experiences of doing fieldwork about development and explores both… Continue Reading


Visualising the locality of participation and voice on Wikipedia

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On Sunday, I use an extended stopover in San Francisco airport to pop into the Wikimedia Headquarters and chat about uneven geographies of voice and representation on the platform.  In looking through some of the previous work that Ralph Straumann, Bernie… Continue Reading


Reflections on the ITU’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium


A very short update from the ITU’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium in Tbilisi Georgia that I just attended. One strong theme on the first day of the meeting was that “The illiterate of the 21st century are those that cannot… Continue Reading


Kigali’s Evolving Tech Innovation… Ecosystem

“Ecosystem” has become one of the most common terms in tech innovation. It rolls easily off the tongue, probably because it has a communal connotation, and evokes ideas such as “collaboration” and “multi-stakeholder.” Where “innovation system” sounds like a technocratic… Continue Reading