Will the next Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds or Jimmy Wales please step forward? Because I don't want information at my fingertips -- I want action at my fingertips, and I mean my fingertips.
There's an old saying that "knowledge is power." However, long before anyone had written up a job description for an "intellectual property" lawyer, people were battling over who should and should not have access to knowledge.
Did anyone really think that an issue of the New Yorker would magically include even 50 percent women writers? No. Did we want to be reminded of that perpetual imbalance? Perhaps not. Did we need to be reminded? Absolutely.
I would know a whole lot less if Wikipedia didn't exist. A day rarely passes by without something piquing my interest and then suddenly I'm learning all about the mating rituals of porpoises.
If you want to know why relying on information supplied on the internet by anonymous strangers is a bad idea, look no further than Wikipedia's articles on finance.
The Cameron Crazies represent a unique combination of a comic book nerd's intellectuality with the determination of the most rabid Boston Red Sox fan, so attending a Duke basketball game is a marriage of theatre of the absurd with the loudest sporting event imaginable.
One rule of thumb is that trolls pretend to be sincerely interested in a topic at hand -- that's how they rope you in -- but their real motive is to push your neural buttons and elicit some sort of reaction.
At the beginning of a new year, I always enjoy looking ahead to the changes I expect to see in my business life. This year may see some dramatic shifts in the world of business computing, but ... The biggest change has happened already.
What I hope for is that, even in times when we disagree with one another so deeply on issues of the Christian faith, we can do so always knowing, believing and living the challenge that it is to be the Body of Christ. This is my prayer and I'm sticking to it.
Some might know Don Tapscott as a management guru, a much sought after speaker at global forums and the author of bestselling books. I know him as a talented musician, an all-around creative thinker, and great friend.
Wikipedia will not resolve an international dispute. Nevertheless, the site is increasingly becoming a forum that challenges subjective, traditional, and institutionalized information -- in the case of the Falklands Islands, history.
This question originally appeared on Quora. By Michael Har...
Last year Americans spent 200 billion hours of their time watching TV. To put this into perspective, the entire database on Wikipedia is estimated to have taken just 100 million hours to complete.
The Deletionist Wars on Wikipedia make visible the underlying culture wars that impact so many parts of our lives, our laws, our media and the way we think. Technology can't fix us. We have to fix ourselves.
By Innokenty Grekov Fighting Discrimination I'm sitting in Moscow trying to figure out how to get to the Novoslobodkaya metro station to meet a frien...
Ivan Illich's 1971 book, Deschooling Society, is a classic in the canon of "alternative" educational theory, and the source of one of my favorite quips on education.