Behind the Screen- South Asia

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Behind the Screen In South Asia is part of a wider series that celebrates tireless Wikimedians who make free knowledge possible. It brings to the ‘screen’ stories from ESEAP with the simple aim of sharing, honoring, and celebrating impact. The series also aims to take forward the Movement Strategy’s goal of Knowledge Equity and advancing the same through a stronger regional focus, rooted in the Wikimedia Foundation’s Annual Plan (2023-2024). This series celebrates our recent regional impact in particular.

South Asia includes 8 countries and houses nearly 25% of the world’s population, and is home to 1.9Bn people, making it one of the most populous regions in the world and the Wikimedia movement. In 2022, South Asia contributed to 6.5% of global page views on the Wikimedia projects. Of these, nearly 75% came from mobile phones. Among South Asian countries, India stands out for its higher rates of reading and editing. Additionally, India is in the top 5 countries by total page views and also the top 3 for active editors on English Wikipedia. In terms of consumption, the top 5 most read languages Wikipedias from India are English, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, and Tamil Wikipedia.

Behind the Screen in South Asia bring to the screen 7 voices of our community members from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. It also brings together both content and tech contributors from the region to share their insights, inspirations, and impact.

The South Asian community is very vibrant, and we have a lot of energy. There are a lot of people who write in various languages. I see a great future in the South Asian community and I hope as the readership keeps growing our editorship also keeps growing.

Netha Hussain, Wikimedian of the Year 2021, and member of the Wikimedians of Kerala User Group.

In the film, you will hear about the inspiration, aspiration, and journey of these community members who shared their experiences on the sidelines of the recently concluded and much-awaited WikiConference India, 2023

  1. Chinmayee Mishra, from the Odia Wikimedians User Group 
  2. Siva Kosaran, from the Wikimedia Community Group Sri Lanka
  3. Shabab Mustafa, from Wikimedia Bangladesh
  4. Biplab Anand, from the Maithili Wikimedians User Group, Nepal 
  5. Netha Hussain, Wikimedian of the Year 2021, and member of the Wikimedians of Kerala User Group.
  6. Nivas Ramisetty, Coordinator- WikiConference India, 2023, and member of the Indic MediaWiki Developers User Group
  7. Jay Prakash, Wikimedian of the Year 2021 and member of Indic-TechCom and Indic MediaWiki Developers User Group
  8. Rachit Sharma, Senior Movement Communications Specialist (South Asia), Wikimedia Foundation
Watch the full video to see South Asia, Behind the Screen!

Subtitles Available in Hindi and Nepali

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