Sharing Beyond "Sharing": Fostering an Open Sharing Culture in the Philippines

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B201


Filipinos are known for sharing. From chain text messages, to photos, to videos, even to gossip and covering recent events in our own little communities, there seems to be an openness to sharing information: in fact, the Philippines is the so-called "social networking capital of the world". But can this openness to sharing information translate into the open source movement? I seek to provide possible answers to that question.


It isn’t surprising that Filipinos are a sharing people, whether it be information, food, wealth, etc. Sharing is encoded into our cultural psyche, has enriched our communities, has brought us together in times of crisis, and has even toppled a president or two in bloodless revolutions. But is it something that can go beyond just merely sharing things with your friends, and can transcend something larger: in this case, the open source movement?

From explaining the concept of bayanihan from a practical and theoretical (philosophical) point of view, to chronicling the rise of the open source movement in the Philippines, to how social networking had radically changed the way Filipinos view information sharing, and even to how Wikipedia in the Philippines is trying to ride this wave, let’s paint a picture of how Filipinos are fostering a new “sharing” culture for the Philippines: one that goes beyond ourselves and towards the greater good in a society where sharing is something that is still seen as highly personal.

Speaking experience

I have previously presented at Wikimania 2011, giving a presentation on the language policies of the Tagalog Wikipedia ( I was also part of a panel on Wikimedia Asia during Wikimania 2010.

I am also a debater in my spare time, having participated in various debating competitions, public speaking contests and the like over the last 6-8 years.


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    Josh Lim

    Wikimedia Philippines


    Josh Lim is a student at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Metro Manila, the Philippines, majoring in Political Science. He is also a longtime Wikipedia editor, having edited since April 2005, and is currently sitting on the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Philippines, the Philippine local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation.

    Since 2011, he has taken interest in analyzing social relations on the Wikimedia projects, and hopes that he can contribute something meaningful to the discipline somehow.