LGBTQ ARE NOT EXCLUDED FROM EVERIPEDIA
STANDOUT: NAVIN VETHANYAGAM OF EVERIPEDIA
By Vic Gerami
According to The Atlantic magazine, ninety percent of Wikipedia's editors are male; and vast majority of those are heterosexual and sisgender. These are the people that oversee the free encyclopedia.
Robinson Meyer says, “It’s (Wikipedia) also the product of ridiculous inequality.” “The biggest issue is editor diversity,” says a founder of the site, Jimmy Wales. But non-whites and women are not the only people left out of Wikipedia due to lack of diversity. Members of the LGBTQ community are much more likely to be excluded from the online encyclopedia’s pages.
Despite the site’s claim that changes have been made to make the directory more diverse, the queer community is still having challenges and being left out.
The solution? Everipedia, an online encyclopedia which uses blockchain technology to reward users with cryptocurrency. These users curate and submit content to its database (the Everipedia Network) and get rewarded in the form of IQ tokens that can be exchanged for local currency at a cryptocurrency exchange.
Everipedia is more inclusive because people can earn IQ by editing; this makes it more accessible to the LGBTQ community and other minorities.
So I wanted to interview and feature Navin Vethanyagam, the new Chief Community Office at Everipedia. Navin is one of the key figures of this Santa Monica, CA based company that is revolutionizing the wiki programs.
Everipedia's IQ Network is the world's first Encyclopedia that allows anyone to become a stakeholder in the system and earn rank, rewards & tokens for curating content.
Mahbod Moghadam, a legend in his own right, Co-Founder of Genius and Everipedia and former Chief Community Officer of Everipedia, calls Navin Vethanyagam a “genius” and “truly the best.” So I was eager to learn more about the company, the technology and pick Navin’s vastly knowledgeable brain.
What is your background in general-upbringing, family, etc…, as well as education and experience before joining Everipedia in 2016?
All the cool stuff is on my Everipedia, I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I studied at the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration (HBA). Growing up, I have always been passionate about reading the news, Wikipedia, and of course Genius. Everipedia was a natural fit for me since I would often spend hours reading Wikipedia page after Wikipedia page after I fell into the rabbit hole, however when I tried to edit Wikipedia’s system was archaic and hard to use.
My family is originally from Sri Lanka but left during the 1980’s around the time of the Sri Lankan Civil War. My parents went through a lot leaving behind the strife and Sri Lanka, having to move to multiple countries. My mother lived in Singapore and studied in England before settling in Canada. My dad had to live in Zimbabwe and Zambia before moving to Canada. Throughout it all they worked hard both completed master degrees and did well in their careers providing me and my sister with every opportunity for success. While working so hard they also spent a lot of time with us, if they weren’t working they were spending quality time with us or doing stuff around the house. My parents are definitely my greatest inspiration. Their character, work ethic, and caring nature is unmatched.
"I am always here for you, Everipedia family"
What is your current role/title at Everipedia? Is this a new role for you?
I recently became the Chief Community Officer, basically I look out for the Everipedia family and make sure all of our editors and potential editors have the support they need. It is kind of like being a parent: I am always here for you, Everipedia family!
What is Everipedia, and how is it different from some of its predecessors?
Everipedia was originally founded as the encyclopedia of everything an encyclopedia where people can make pages for everyone and everything. With Wikipedia there is a notability standard where only people who have been covered by the mainstream press can have a Wikipedia page. At Everipedia we believe that everyone is notable and should have a page. We also founded the company as a much more modern version of Wikipedia which would always improve and add new features unlike Wikipedia which looks like a relic. In 2018, we moved on to the EOS blockchain to further improve the experience for our editors. By moving on to the blockchain we were able to further democratize the editing experience by allowing editors to vote on edits using our cryptocurrency the IQ token and earn IQ for their work as editors.
"With Everipedia we are taking it to the next level making it easier and more accessible to edit. In addition to making it easier we are making it more inclusive"
Everipedia is referred to as WiKi based. What does that mean?
Everipedia is a wiki meaning that it is a collaborative knowledge project where anyone can edit and add information. The goal of wikis is to make knowledge and the curation of knowledge more accessible. In the past only those in the media or the publishing industry could distribute knowledge to the masses. Wikipedia allowed users to edit information and share it more easily. With Everipedia we are taking it to the next level making it easier and more accessible to edit. In addition to making it easier we are making it more inclusive. Many people cannot afford to spend hours editing for free on Wikipedia without any reward. Everipedia is more inclusive because people can earn IQ by editing, this makes it more accessible to lower income individuals.