Submissions/Birth of Bias: implicit bias’ permanence on Wikipedia

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Submission no. 2003 Subject - C2
Title of the submission
Birth of Bias: implicit bias’ permanence on Wikipedia
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Jackie Koerner, PhD
type of submission
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Visiting Scholar with San Francisco State University and the Wiki Education Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
Implicit bias is a problem for Wikipedia. Implicit bias affects us all, and we don't even recognize it. It can't be changed, but something can be done. Come learn how to become aware of your implicit bias, and how you can make progress toward changing the unchangeable.
Humans are imperfect tools, but we are using them to create an encyclopedia. Being a contributor to Wikipedia requires editing responsibly, thinking about the whole movement, and considering the stakeholders: fellow contributors, the community, readers, and knowledge. Identifying the bias through which one views the world is challenging for every person, but a crucial act for contributors. Contributors encounter cultures, traditions, and social norms different than their own. This is where bias shows up. Implicit biases are always there, creeping into our work. In this session, learn how to connect with implicit bias and discuss the impact of implicit bias on Wikipedia.
What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will:

  • Recall the definition and way we develop implicit bias
  • Identify ways to impact implicit bias in their own lives
  • Discuss impact of implicit bias on Wikipedia

Session agenda:

  • Deliver content (15 minutes)
  • Open for discussion (10 minutes)
Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
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