Challenges of Covering the Wikimedia Community
, Wikimania 2009
(August 28, 2009)
- Internet companies and nonprofits like Wikipedia have been forced to choose between cooperating with the Chinese government and losing access to the growing online audience there.
- Governments are trying to wrestle, how do you censor without being so heavy-handed that you make people really, you know, can't live their lives.
- Through Google, you can find the horrible things people say about you, and the nice things they say about you. And so I do that regularly to sort of check on it.
- As time has shifted, The Times and all the other media outlets recognize how important Wikipedia is. It's not the same hurdle anymore. I don't have to sort of say: 'Wow look at this strange thing going on, can I write some weird story about it?' Instead it's like: 'This is hugely important, and of course, write, we want to know every change.'
- Before Wikileaks, or even the Internet, there were just plain leaks.
- If someone today had the Pentagon Papers, or the modern equivalent, would he still go to the press, as Daniel Ellsberg did nearly 40 years ago, and wait for the documents to be analyzed and published? Or would that person simply post them online immediately?
- Playing the government off newspapers, and newspapers against each other, still does not compare with the power of the World Wide Web.
- America's got a much stronger tradition of free speech and freedom of the press. In Europe, it's much more nuanced and they put a lot of meaning on the rights of your reputation.
- Never before has the boundary between geek culture and mainstream culture been so porous.
- An engineering degree is also no longer a requisite to using technology, as seemingly anyone today can install a printer or upload a video. Similarly, another signifier of nerd status — knowing obscure facts about favorite subjects — has also lost its currency.
- From gadgets to social networks to video games, the decision not to embrace the newest technology is a choice to be out of the mainstream.
- Unlike in the United States, where freedom of expression is a fundamental right that supersedes other interests, Europe views an individual’s privacy and freedom of expression as almost equal rights.
- As a fresh wave of Ebola fear grips the American public, the Internet is rife with conspiracy theories, supposed miracle cures and Twitter posts of dread. But amid the fear mongering are several influential sites that are sticking to the facts about Ebola. Millions have come to rely on these sites, including those run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and Wikipedia.
- Once the butt of jokes for being the site where visitors could find anything, true or not, Wikipedia in recent years has become a more trusted source of information — certainly for settling bar bets, but even for weighty topics like Ebola.
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