Takeaways from The Wikipedia Revolution

I’ve been reading Andrew Lih’s 2009 book The Wikipedia Revolution and finding it still has some great insights about how the encyclopedia got started and the encyclopedia’s key philosophical underpinnings. Here are some key takeaways thus far with the relevant page numbers in case anyone else is interested: Freedom of Cyberspace. “The tech elite who […]

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Is Wikipedia the Good Cop? Fighting Fake News and Conspiracy Videos

Noam Cohen has a great article out this week in The Washington Post entitled “Conspiracy videos? Fake news? Enter Wikipedia, the ‘good cop’ of the Internet.” According to Cohen, Wikipedia is a great example of what the internet was intended to be: When Tim Berners-Lee conceived the Web, he imagined that it would look a […]

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Best Wikipedia Quotes

Favorite Wikipedia Quotes (Note: This list is always evolving.) 1. “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” – Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales 2. “In the end though, I don’t believe we’re going to fail. I think […]

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Why Wikipedia Works (According to Brian Feldman)

Brian Feldman wrote an interesting piece for NY Mag entitled “Why Wikipedia Works.” Here is his thesis in a nutshell: I’d argue that Wikipedia’s biggest asset is its willingness as a community and website to “delete.” It’s that simple. If there’s bad information, or info that’s just useless, Wikipedia’s regulatory system has the ability to […]

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St. Patrick on Wikipedia (Slate)

I wrote a piece for Slate called “Why the Wikipedia page for St. Patrick is Surprisingly Good.” When I started doing research on St. Patrick’s page, I was pleasantly surprised to have the two top St. Patrick scholars tell me that the Wikipedia page was excellent. Writing the article also allowed me to learn more […]

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Women’s Health on Wikipedia

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a fantastic profile of Barbara Page, a “Wikipedia Wunderkind” who “helps readers of the online encyclopedia understand women’s health, among other topics.” In addition to telling Page’s story, the article includes sad but unsurprising statistics: “Women make up 20 percent of Wikipedia’s writers and editors, while about 80 percent of Wikipedia […]

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Teenage Railfans are Wikipedia Supercontributors (NY Times)

I wrote for the New York Times about two of the most prolific Wikipedia editors involved in the NYC Public Transportation WikiProject. Ryan Ng is a 19-year-old freshman at Baruch College in Manhattan. He studies finance, lives at home with his parents in Queens and is a member of the college’s “League of Legends” video […]

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