“People have been harassing me since the first vandal figured out I was a lady,” Emily told Wired earlier this year. “Which was within a month or so of my joining the site.” She has turned that abuse into motivation, increasing the quantity and quality of women’s biographies on Wikipedia, through efforts like WikiProject Women Scientists.
On this episode, we talk about the abuse Emily has received, and how it has changed over the years, along with her methods of dealing with it. Plus:
- The incredible contribution of teenagers to online communities and collaborative platforms
- Why Wikipedia spoke to pre-teen Emily
- Is there more that Wikipedia should be doing?
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About Emily Temple-Wood
Emily Temple-Wood is an American Wikipedia editor who goes by the name of Keilana on the site. She is known for her efforts to counter the effects and causes of gender bias on Wikipedia, particularly through the creation of articles about women in science. She was declared a joint recipient of the Wikipedian of the Year award by Jimmy Wales at Wikimania in 2016.
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- Emily’s website
- Wikipedia page for Wikipedian of the Year, which Emily was a joint recipient of in 2016
- WikiProject Women Scientists, which Emily helped create
- Emily’s Wikipedia user page
- “One Woman’s Brilliant ‘F*** You’ to Wikipedia Trolls” by Andrew McMillen for Backchannel on Wired
- “How a Feminist Stood Up to Trolls and Measurably Changed Wikipedia’s Coverage of Women Scientists” by Jeff Elder and Ed Erhart for Wikimedia Foundation, about the “Keilana effect”
- Emily on Twitter
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