Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
At the Wikimedia Conference 2017
In Berlin, Germany
In June of 2016 Katherine Maher became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation and almost immediately there was a renewed spirit of excitement and positivity about the future of the movement. Over the past 10 months this energy has continued to flow, reaching more corners of the planet and the vast array of ideas and projects within the wikiverse.
Today, on a special extended edition of the program, we spend the hour with Katherine Maher, to hear observations, experiences and what her hopes are for the future when it comes to Free Knowledge and this global movement of volunteers that has already achieved so much
15 years ago the first article went up on the German edition of Wikipedia and the world has not been the same since! Today on the program we’re celebrating this birthday by speaking with the person who posted that first article, Magnus Manske, who also brought us the software that wiki’s all over the world run on today (Mediawiki). As a bonus, throughout today’s program we will hear great moments in German Wikipedia history complete with my tacky announcer voice.
The Tactical Technology Collective, aka Tactical Tech, has been at the forefront of training and promotion of tech tools for not only journalists but also rights advocates all over the planet for well over a decade. How do they do it? What does their work include? Today on the program we have the voices that can help explain it all…
Coming up… a conversation with Allistair Alexander, director of publishing and production (fresh from the Paris Climate Talks), we will also hear from those who use the tools to spark change as part of TT’s Exposing The Invisible film series, Before all that, we begin today by listening to co-founders Marek Tuszynski and Stephanie Hankey, experts from their recent talk at the Elevate Festival in Graz entitled “The Politics of Data in Quantified Society”. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is a conversation that goes beyond the activists and the journalists, today’s program, at its core, comes back to you and me and the devices, apps, and services that we use everyday.
There has long been an ivory tower from which the medical industry looks out at patients who want to know more about their own health. The dawn of the internet presented an opportunity for those suffering from chronic illnesses, but until now, it has largely failed to provide a place for quality health information.
Then came the crowdsourced, funded, and fueled platforms that began addressing issues like helping individuals find and afford treatment. Or getting accurate doctor to regular human language translations of medical terms. OpenMediAid is an open source Berlin based project that seeks to take all this to a whole new level. And as my guest, Benjamin Dierdrichsen explains it, now is very much the time to build a real place for Open Medicine the whole world can benefit from.