A Kenyan Superhero VS Wikipedia
Just how representative is the world’s largest encyclopedia?
Associate Professor Heather Ford: Head Of Discipline Digital and Social Media, UTS
Produced and Presented by: Lawrence Bull
Music: Ha-He by Just a Band
The world’s biggest encyclopedia has a big problem. Female editors at Wikipedia are outnumbered by a factor of eight. Africans are underrepresented by a factor of 17.
The bias is built into the code, and that code is programming our future. If Wikipedia – one of the largest databases of information on the internet and now used to train neural networks – is biased, how can we rely on it as a source of balanced information? Think: Digital Futures’ producer Lawrence Bull investigates.