Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections. Tim has worked across the cultural heritage sector and has been developing online resources relating to libraries, archives, museums and history since 1993. You can find him at timsherratt.org or as @wragge on Twitter.

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Dr Jess Wade is an Imperial College Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. Since 2018 she has written one Wikipedia article a day to create more than 1650 biographies of ground-breaking women and people of colour working in science and engineering.

Graham Pearce is a Wikipedia administrator from Western Australia. "Like many Wikipedia editors, I have a watchlist of pages I check for changes and as an admin I block trouble-makers when necessary. I most enjoy "wiki-archaeology", where I find out if edits are properly attributed and fix problems where necessary. I also advocate for accessibility on the site as I'm blind and use a screen reader," said Graham.

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Graham will be in conversation with Gerard Goggin a Professor of Media and Communications at USYD, who is internationally renowned for his research into disability, accessibility and design, as well as digital inequalities & inclusion.

Book Launch

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WOW2022 is delighted to launch Heather Ford's new book, Writing the Revolution: Wikipedia and the Survival of Facts in the Digital Age, published by MIT Press. Professor Terry Flew, from the Media and Communications Department, will host this happy occasion, which will take place over drinks, following the last presentation on Thursday.

"A new benchmark for Wikipedia research.” Nathaniel Tkacz, University of Warwick; author of Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness

“Ford’s examination of a single Wikipedia article becomes a bold new epistemology of our digital age.” Ethan Zuckerman

“This book powerfully shows how social, economic, and political facts are forged in the knowledge factory of Wikipedia. It is impossible to understand how histories are made in the contemporary world without letting Ford take you on this fascinating journey.” Mark Graham, Professor of Internet Geography, University of Oxford

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Heather Ford is a digital ethnographer, currently Head of Discipline for Digital and Social Media at UTS School of Communication. Her research focuses on the social implications of digital media technologies and the ways in which they might be better designed to prevent misinformation, social exclusion, and injustice. She is  co-founder of Creative Commons South Africa and a former advisory board member of the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Terry Flew is a Professor of Digital Communication and Culture at USYD. He is the author of 14 books (five edited), 67 book chapters, 112 refereed journal articles, and 17 reports and research monographs.

Daily Program

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Plus presentations by Netha Hussein, Geda Putra, Henrietta Eshalomi, Lisa Maule and Sophia Goghini, Mathieu O'Neil and Rachel Cunneen, Amanda Lawrence,  Philip Egbule, Margaret Donald, Joseph Ballesteros, Belinda Ballesteros, Gideon Digby, Caddie Brain and Joel Liddle and more....