Category Archives: history

A proven innovation could benefit Facebook’s users—and its shareholders, too.

Concern about social media and the quality of news is running high, with many commentators focusing on bias and factual accuracy (often summarized as “fake news”). If efforts to regulate sites like Facebook are successful, they could affect the bottom … Continue reading

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“Open” everything, and minimal financial needs: Wikipedia’s strengths

What insulates Wikipedia from the criticisms other massive platforms endure? We explored some answers—core values, lack of personalization algorithms, and lack of data collection—in last week’s “How Wikipedia Dodged Public Outcry Plaguing Social Media Platforms.” But wait, there’s more: Wikipedia … Continue reading

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No, Congresswoman: WikiLeaks has nothing to do with Wikipedia

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston is the latest prominent figure to confuse Wikipedia with WikiLeaks. This confusion goes back many years; it often flares up when WikiLeaks releases capture the public’s attention. In 2010, for instance, when WikiLeaks released … Continue reading

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ACTRIAL: Wikipedia volunteer leadership should be recognized

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is inviting commentary on how to recognize and encourage informal leadership in the volunteer community. (The consultation runs from September 20 through October 16, 2016.) This is a welcome initiative; the Wikimedia movement has not done … Continue reading

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Future of Text Symposium talk

Wikipedia is important to the future, and important to text. Future of Text 2016 slides Text-based, honors the legacy of text Collaborative: Hundreds of thousands of volunteers Preserves values of journalism, academia Journalists & academics resist the pull – to … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Six hopes for the next 15 years

This post was originally published on Medium.com. Wikipedia is an unheralded crown jewel of the Internet. And today, it turns 15! Founded before current titans like Facebook and YouTube (and even before predecessors like MySpace and Friendster), Wikipedia has shown … Continue reading

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Announcing 15 for 15: Perspectives on Wikipedia’s Quinceañera

Here at Wiki Strategies, we are excited to celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th birthday on January 15, 2016. January also marks my 10 year anniversary as a Wikipedian. Wikipedia is the world’s most extensive platform for collaboration, as well as being the … Continue reading

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Exploring a Center for a People-Centered Internet

This weekend, I was honored to join Vint Cerf, Mei Lin Fung, and a host of others in a discussion about what a “People-Centered Internet” would look like, and how to bring it about. Mei Lin invited me to bring … Continue reading

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Work of Wikipedians and Wikimedians preserves history

On this day 47 years ago (October 16, 1968), two black American sprinters took advantage their moment on a global stage, when they — with a white Australian — quietly directed the world’s attention to the deep racial injustices that run through our … Continue reading

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If Wikipedia required Open Access sources, it would be a lot less useful

Starting in 2008 I wrote a Wikipedia article on a proposed casino, to be built in the Columbia River Gorge. I wrote the article because I believed it was an important topic (and an Oregonian reporter and a Harvard scholar agreed); but … Continue reading

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