12.06.06

WikiYouth

Posted in Free Culture at 4:53 am by Erik

Are you an advocate of youth rights on the Internet?

Have you ever used or edited a wiki, such as the world-famous Wikipedia?

Then we want you to join the Wiki Youth Movement.

http://www.wikiyouth.org/

Wikis like Wikipedia allow young people everywhere to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. But wherever young people use the Internet, they are faced with reactionary and condescending views. Fearful adults try to regulate the content they can see and the communities they can contribute to. The Wiki Youth Association seeks to give young readers, users and editors a voice.

Beyond demanding equal treatment as wiki contributors, our goal is to build a shared understanding of wiki ethics. Vandalism and immature behavior are condemned on most wikis, and sensible learning approaches for new wiki users are encouraged. We want to have fun, but not at the expense of others. We want to help you to understand the maze of wiki-rules, so that you too can have fun.

We would also like to give intelligent young people a shared social space where they can talk about their experiences in not only wiki communities, but also their daily lives. eventually, we hope that we can develop the WYA into a true social movement which organizes events and campaigns. But our initial goals are modest: we only want to become the single largest world-wide community of young wiki users.

The WYA is not a formal organization. There is no membership other than registration for our wiki and forums.

Join today!

—James Hare, Co-founder

—Erik Möller, Advisor

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