Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard

Really cool story, feels almost like speculative fiction. What if we gave free access to only Wikipedia and Facebook to a group of people? In this case, it seems they would learn to use it for sharing pirated material using stenography techniques! Unsurprisingly, some entities are upset by this. To their credit, Wikimedia is taking a “wait and see” approach and figuring out how to handle it without choosing the heavy-handed option of “ban all Angolans from editing Wikipedia”.

Angolan’s pirates are learning how to organize online, they’re learning how to cover their tracks, they are learning how to direct people toward information and how to hide and share files. Many of these skills are the same ones that would come in handy for a dissident or a protestor or an activist. Considering that Angola has had an autocratic leader in power for more than 35 years, well, those are skills that might come in handy one day.