As the founder of education technology firm Wizenoze, Diane Janknegt is on a mission to clean up the internet for learners around the globe.
For the vast majority of us, the internet is a crucial source of information when it comes to learning. That could mean learning a new language, a professional skill, information for an exam – whatever information you need, the internet has it somewhere.
The challenge, often, is finding it. We use search engines run by huge multinational companies to scour the web for information, but the inner workings of those engines are far from transparent and they’re not designed with education in mind. We have never had so much access to information, but finding the information you want can be infuriatingly difficult. As Yuval Noah Harari writes in his best-selling book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: “In the past, censorship worked by blocking the flow of information. In the 21st century, censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information.”
Wizenoze was started by Diane Janknegt and Theo Huibers in September 2013 to try and tackle this problem. Instead of you having to sift through search results trying to find the relevant information, Wizenoze uses artificial intelligence algorithms to do the hard work for you – it aggregates information on the internet, verifies and categorises it; once a page has been approved it becomes available through the Wizenoze platform – the largest safe-for-school collection of online content available in the world today. ‘Wizenoze is like a car wash for the internet,’ says Diane. ‘You start with the dirty internet, it goes through the wash, and you have a relevant internet for education on the other side.’ .....