Hablon User Group/UP Internet Freedom Network - Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
The UP Internet Freedom Network, an organization consisting of students and volunteers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) that advocates internet freedom, organized their very first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. The event is in partnership with Youth Advocate for Peace and Justice (YAPJUST) and sponsored by UPLB Mathematical Sciences Society, Anakbayan UP Los Baños and UPLB College of Human Ecology Student Council. The workshop and the actual edit-a-thon were conducted on September 27, 2020 and on the previous day, September 26, 2020, there were educational discussions about the topics that the participants of the edit-a-thon would cover. The edit-a-thon is officially titled as Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Documenting Desaparecidos and Red-tagging against activists in the Philippines.
The main purpose of the edit-a-thon is to combat historical revisionism by improving articles in Wikipedia that have this issue. Specifically, the organizer intended to correct articles about desaparecidos or forced disappearances and red-tagging of activists in the Philippine setting as well as other related topics. By making these articles better, the edit-a-thon would make quality Wikipedia articles that are accessible to everyone. The edit-a-thon also sought to broaden knowledge on past and present social issues as well as historical events that are available online, to tackle gaps on today's lesser-known issues, to give well researched, sourced, and reliable content, and to engage with new audiences.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the activities of this event were done online. On the first day of the event, several speakers were invited by UP Internet Freedom Network through Zoom for the educational discussions regarding the target Wikipedia articles that the participants would edit. The speakers were Congresswoman Sarah Elago, Desaparecidos Chairperson Linda Cadapan and Paolo Anico of YAPJUST.
Jojit Ballesteros of the Hablon User Group (HUG) was invited by UP Internet Freedom Network in this event to give a training on Wikipedia editing for the forty-nine (49) students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños who participated in the edit-a-thon. On the second day of the event, Bel Ballesteros and Jojit Ballesteros, both of HUG, conducted the Wikipedia lecture and training for the participants before the start of the actual edit-a-thon. The lecture and training were done online through Discord platform. They stayed up to the end of the event to answer queries from the participants.
|3:45pm||Introduction of participants||After every each discussion, attendees were encouraged to participate in an open forum.|
|4:05pm||Educational Discussion: Red-Tagging under the Duterte regime||Sarah Elago|
|4:05pm||Educational Discussion: Introduction about Desaparecidos||Linda Cadapan|
|4:05pm||Educational Discussion: Desaparecidos under the Duterte regime||Paolo Anico|
|3:10pm||Wikipedia Training 1: Wikipedia and its Community||Bel Ballesteros||Presented a lecture entitled "Wikipedia and How it Works"|
|3:40pm||Wikipedia Training 2: Wikipedia Technical Editing Training||Jojit Ballesteros||Gave a demonstration on how to edit Wikipedia and showed the participants how to navigate the Wikipedia interface|
The UP Internet Freedom Network grouped the participants into threes. A group consisted of one researcher, one writer and a moderator. Researchers were the ones who searched, verified and studied sources while writers were tasked to compose and show the writing in a easy to understand way. Moderators were UP Internet Freedom Network members who guided the participants on their work and who may also act as a writer or researcher.
A team leader was picked by each group who was designated to edit a specific article or section in Wikipedia. Participants communicated with other attendees through a Discord text channel. A document in Google Docs was edited and verified first before their final edit can be put into the Wikipedia article. Every team's progression was monitored through a Google Sheets worksheet.
Educational discussions before the actual edit-a-thon about the topics of the Wikipedia articles to be enhanced provided the information needed for such improvements. Likewise, having the activity online makes the edit-a-thon effective in terms of improving Wikipedia articles and safe for participants health-wise.
The event would have been more productive if the two hours allotted for the actual edit-a-thon were lengthened.