Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/University of California, Berkeley/Civic Technology (Fall 2020)

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Course name
Civic Technology
University of California, Berkeley
David Harris
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Business Administration
Course dates
2020-08-26 00:00:00 UTC – 2020-12-02 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

As you prepare to cast a vote in what may be your first election, you will be invited to explore the ways in which social media and related technologies are reshaping political landscapes around the world. In the course, we will look at the ways in which politicians have already adopted social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, paying close attention to current developments in national, state and local politics as events unfold in real time during the semester. We will also closely examine an array of emerging “civic technologies,” including those developed by new political parties (Pirate Party, Partido de la Red), nonprofit organizations (Democracy.Earth, Participatory Democracy Foundation), for-profit startups (, PopVox) and government agencies (We The People, Tunisian and Icelandic crowdsourced constitutions, eStonia, Participatory Budgeting). Students will be encouraged to develop critical perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of new approaches to democracy from technical, political-economic and critical-theoretical perspectives.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Esk00 Microtargeting Deepfake, Blockchain, Civic engagement, Social media use in politics, Quadratic voting, E-participation
Beril gur User:Beril gur/Choose an Article, Political polarization in Turkey Social media use in politics, Blockchain, Political polarization in the United States
Jing (Phyllis) Lin
Rachelkmoy Deepfake Social media in the 2020 United States presidential election, Politics and technology, Political polarization in the United States
Brandonqin Politics and technology None of the above, Deepfake, Social media use in politics
Komalbadesha None of the above, Ranked voting Blockchain, Civic engagement, Media democracy
Cmosh89 Coronavirus Tech Handbook
Haleymendlin Feminist technoscience
Ethanpak Political polarization in the United States Deepfake, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social media, Quadratic voting
RiaVora Alt-tech Deepfake, Political polarization in Turkey, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social media
Ryanliou Quadratic voting Blockchain, Participatory budgeting, None of the above
H.Susanna E-participation Quadratic voting, Participatory budgeting, Civic journalism
Bryankjh VALCRI Alt-tech, Ranked voting, Participatory budgeting
Lucaskim7 Civic engagement Participatory budgeting, Quadratic voting, E-participation
Candreaangulo E-democracy Blockchain, Media democracy, Quadratic voting
Raghavendra gupta
Dalexandertom Civic journalism Civic engagement, Social media in the 2020 United States presidential election, Deepfake
Jeshgus Ballot Tracking in the United States Quadratic voting, Alt-tech, Voatz
Kyle.chan201 Social media use in politics Alt-tech, Civic engagement, Deepfake
Tasmia.r Participatory budgeting None of the above, Media democracy, Civic journalism
Go23bears Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social media Political polarization in the United States, Alt-tech, Blockchain
Yenxle Coronavirus Tech Handbook, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social media, Political polarization in the United States
VillusionV Ranked voting, Alt-tech, Voatz
Thenihalsingh Blockchain Quadratic voting, Social media in the 2020 United States presidential election, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social media
Lindseyjli3 Social media in the 2020 United States presidential election Quadratic voting, Civic journalism, Civic engagement
Sid900 Voatz, Quadratic voting Blockchain, Alt-tech, E-participation
Ningjiang216 Voter apathy Coronavirus Tech Handbook, Social media use in politics, Media democracy
Divvem Swing Vote
Yifanbao1 Media democracy Social media use in politics, E-democracy, Civic journalism


Week 2

Course meetings
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 3

Course meetings
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 4

Course meetings
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

Week 5

Course meetings
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Week 6

Course meetings
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Assignment - Exercise
Finalize your topic & Find your sources

Finalize your topic / Find your sources

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area





Political Science


Week 7

Course meetings
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 8

Course meetings
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Assignment - Peer review three articles

Guiding framework


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 9

Course meetings
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.
In class - In-class presentation

Guiding questions

Week 10

Course meetings
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Assignment - Exercise
Did You Know (optional)

Nominating your article for Did You Know

Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 11

Course meetings
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Week 12

Course meetings
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 13

Course meetings
Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Week 14

Course meetings
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!

Week 15

Course meetings
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Assignment - Reflective essay

Guiding questions


Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.