Ida B. Wells Have you ever heard of her? Probably not, but she is a more imporant historical figure than Rosa Parks.
Content: This is a very important question. Wikipedia has the “open” and self editing philosophy, but in practice, it has become a select few of technically adept men who do most of the editing. I really really hope, the outernet is not just a repeat of the wikipedia social culture. It will prevent a lot of content being sent by and to the exact people who are left out of the top competitor editing crowd in the first place. For instance, the nurses, who are not particularly able to spend time learning the language for wiki posting, nor to keep editing day after day (who does?)… had a posting on wikipedia, and it was about one of their organizations… a special organization it turns out, but that’s another matter. The entry was whittled to a stub, over a period of weeks, and criticized in various ways, by people who knew nothing of the organization, which happens to be hugely important and central to future health of all of us. The nurses know nothing about having to keep on editing, keep on defending. They were baffled. Because it was a huge thing for a nurse to figure out wikipedia to make an entry. Now their entry is no longer in the wiki, and the nurses just have no way to fight this. They gave up. Its just one example. But their organization page is still on the internet.
The wiki edit/content philosophy seems to be you must defend your content until the end of your day if you want it to stay there. Some kinds of information are well formed, it would be a disservice to the new way of building content… Most women have given up editing on wikipedia. Sorry. Someone had to say it. But the underrepresented are exactly the folks who we want to include now, right? Had you ever heard of Ida B. Wells? Honestly, I had not, until Google put her name on their home page today. She was an amazing human being, of great historical import. So much will be left out if we don’t create a real equitable editing process.