Amir is an Iranian software engineer at Wikimedia based in Berlin. He’s also a wikipedian, a feminist, and an open source enthusiast fighting disinformation in his spare time.
What can be done?
We need to find models that can inspire collective efforts to push against disinformation. People say fighting disinformation is extremely hard, but I disagree. Wikipedia can be an example, even if it is not, of course, a perfect site. However, anyone can edit it and there is a staff of under 500 people, working with a pretty small budget and doing much better than large companies like Facebook and YouTube.
Wikimedia helped fight online disinformation through research and the development of tools to identify and block bad faith actors on Wikipedia.