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Policies for experimentation with projects and policies for knowledge equity

In order to Innovate in Free Knowledge, we need to experiment with new projects and policies that support knowledge equity. According to the results of previous work, the policies and barriers that hinder knowledge equity on Wikimedia Projects have been identified. Solutions may include creating new projects that support content to cover underrepresented groups (for example: an encyclopedia that accepts oral historical sources). Solutions may also include refining policies (for example: allowing oral, non-Western sources in the “reliable sources” policy). Such changes would need to follow the formal process of editing and creating policies or projects.

  • Create pathways to new projects, create new functionalities, or encourage communities to create new policies that address these barriers. The goal is to allow the inclusion and preservation of all forms of human knowledge in all socio-cultural contexts (e.g. encourage refining reliability criteria to provide guidelines to identify reliable sources from oral or non-Western knowledge resources, encourage ensuring that notability criteria are relevant in all contexts).



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Initiative Project Stakeholder type Project lead Geography of the project Implementation Phase
42. Policies for experimentation with Projects for knowledge equity Harmful Content Portfolio WMF Content Compliance Global Execution & Implementation
42. Policies for experimentation with Projects for knowledge equity Peer Support Networks within the Wikimedia Movement WMF Trust & Safety Global Pilot
42. Policies for experimentation with Projects for knowledge equity Human Rights Policy Community Engagement Plan WMF Global Advocacy (Public Policy) Global Execution & Implementation

Related documents and discussions

Some of the past discussions, texts and old versions of Movement Strategy recommendations that can provide further context to this initiative: