The Worrying Consequences of the Wikipedia Gender Gap

by kfc, Technology Review

Male editors dramatically outnumber female ones on Wikipedia and that could be dramatically influencing the online encyclopedia’s content, according to a new study. There was a time when the internet was dominated by men but in recent years that gap has dissolved. Today, surfers are just as likely to be male as female. And in some areas women dominate: women are more likely to Tweet or participate in social media such as Facebook. Even the traditionally male preserve of online gaming is changing too. So what’s wrong with Wikipedia? Last year, the New York Times pointed out that women make up just 13 per cent of those who contribute to Wikipedia, despite making up almost half the readers. And a few months ago, a study of these gender differences said they hinted at a culture at Wikipedia that is resistant to female participation.

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27777/?p1=blogs

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