Every day, we have to navigate online what is real and what is fake. The Internet is an integral part of our daily lives, yet it is constantly filled with inaccuracies, misinformation and viral “fake news”.
The spread of false information can be fatal. This can prevent family members from getting the life-saving vaccine. It can undermine elections and inspire hate reactions. The Echo Chamber has divided local communities across an ideological spectrum that at times seem irreconcilable. At our dinner tables, we often can’t agree on the “facts.”
Twenty years ago, the Internet was a very different place. The early days of the web were a time of great experimentation and curiosity. The first pioneers of the Internet were rooted in the values of open sources and open knowledge, setting new frontiers for the communication of information. It makes our world feel smaller and bigger at the same time, because we are more connected than ever.
When I created Wikipedia in 2001, I was inspired by this vision of digital collaboration. Wikipedia was founded on the idea that knowledge can be spread through collaborative efforts rather than through top-down authority. Thanks to the work and generosity of volunteers around the world.