From technophiles to technophobes, the internet was abuzz this week about a Time Magazine report, claiming that women constitute a paltry 13% of wikipedia editors, while 87% are men.
So much for the Internet being a great equalizer? Bloggers, scholars, and journalists weigh in on the implications:women in graduate school outnumber men. This means that there is more to the story, possibly more issues — cough, sexism — which Wikipedia must investigate to figure out what gives when it comes to their lack of women contributors….Wikipedia is increasingly becoming the go-to source for everyday information, and women of all status — and men for that matter — should have a space there. Wikipedia should step up to ensure that.”
What say you, dear readers: A case for despair, or should we have seen this coming? Should wikipedia respond proactively and propose changes to its interface or its requirements for editors? Should we chalk it up to innate realities of gender difference? Or is there more here than meets the numbers?