Category Archives: conflict of interest

Wikipedia, controversy, and an acclaimed documentary

The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about sexual assault on college campuses exposed conflicts of interest, malfeasance and cover-ups. To learn about a complex topic—especially if powerful institutions have a major stake in it—we rely on experts. People who devote … Continue reading

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We create Wikipedia editors, not Wikipedia articles

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French Wikipedians discuss conflict of interest, paid editing

Editor’s note: Readers of this blog may be familiar with the ongoing controversies around paid editing on the English language Wikipedia. (See here for our past writings on the topic.) Wikipedia editors struggle with a number of issues around paid … Continue reading

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Public relations for Wikipedia

How to move the dial to “notable” Companies often want to put something on Wikipedia that has no independent, reliable sources to back it up. For Wikipedia, that’s a non-starter; no matter how many press releases or social media posts … Continue reading

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Wikimedia Foundation’s strong step toward good governance

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) today took an important step toward running its finances in a more transparent and accountable way. Luis Villa, the WMF’s Senior Director of Community Engagement, explained (see video clip below, ~10 minutes) how the organization had incorporated a … Continue reading

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Grants and transparency: Wikimedia Foundation should follow standards it sets

I wrote and edited a number of grant proposals and reports on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) from 2009 to 2011. In that role, I participated in a number of staff discussions around restricted grants, and transparency in the … Continue reading

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Wikimedia Foundation ousts community-elected Trustee

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation’s ten member Board of Trustees voted to oust one of its members. (Updated links: see these two email list threads: one initiated by Dr. James Heilman, the other initiated by Board chair Patricio Lorente. The Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Conflict of interest and expertise

How can we best engage experts in the project of building and improving Wikipedia? This question has guided my work for many years, and that Wiki Strategies from the beginning. When the Wikimedia Foundation hired me in 2009, it was to … Continue reading

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Washington Post asks, “why give to Wikipedia?”

The Washington Post just published a story about the Wikimedia Foundation’s annual fund-raising campaign: Wikipedia has a ton of money. So why is it begging you to donate yours? Reporter Caitlin Dewey, who quoted me and several others, did a good job with a tough topic. … Continue reading

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