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90 percent of Wikipedia editors are men

This week, Tom Simonite wrote a fantastic piece in the MIT Technology Review asking if Wikipedia was in decline. One tidbit of that story identified by the Atlantic is that 90% of Wikipedia’s editors are male. That said, the gender…  …

Wikipedia declares all-out war on PR sock puppets

Wikipedia editors are actively engaged in a wide-ranging battle against PR firms attempting to edit the crowdsourced encyclopedia’s entries to reflect their clients’ best interests. Over the past couple weeks, those Wikipedia editors have isolated…  …

Wikipedia founder slams SOPA/PIPA: ‘Not the right bill’

Jimmy Wales, founder of the user-generated encyclopedia Wikipedia, said on CNN last night that he commends efforts to stop online piracy, but cautioned that the measures in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) simply go too far. “I’m a big believer that we…

Wikipedia to blackout in protest of anti-piracy bills

The world’s largest encyclopedia will go dark on Wednesday in a dramatic protest against two anti-piracy bills being considered by the U.S. Congress, Wikipedia announced on Monday. Concerned that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the Senate, the Protect IP Act, might deal severe damage to…

Annual Wikipedia fundraising hits new high

SAN FRANCISCO — An annual Wikipedia fundraising campaign ended Tuesday with donors around the world pumping a record $20 million into the foundation that runs the free online knowledge repository. Non-profit Wikimedia Foundation launched the campaign in November, getting an early boost in the form of a $500,000 grant from…

Chronicling the abuses

Ta-Nehisi has a good post up about the lack of female editors on Wikipedia, and refreshingly, he avoids doing what you see a lot of people do when women fail to step up in certain circumstances as much as men do. He doesn’t blame women for being weak, but instead…

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