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.
I'm at the age where no one wants to have a birthday party, but does anyway, because were still supposed to party. The age where you ask someone how they're doing and hope they say not that great.
These "Web Wars" threaten to rage on for some considerable time yet -- particularly when Congress tries to reintroduce SOPA by the back door on a Friday evening when no one is looking.
While we contemplate the gargantuan battle of the content vs. technology worlds, we must not forget an equally serious, actually even more serious example of online piracy.
Decisions made by Wikipedia editors are not law. But when it comes to determining what is 'normal' online -- and how much taboo we're willing to stomach on our Internet -- a Wikipedia referendum can count for just as much.
Call this new institution, the corporate power brokers of Silicon Valley and other digital meccas across the country, the Fifth Estate. Pulling the plug on SOPA was the occasion for their political coming out.
Wikipedia went dark for a day and illuminated the world on how to influence boldly in the 21st century. The site's massive one-day protest of the Sto...
It all remains -- like all federal legislation tends to -- a matter of Washington lobbying, despite this week's one-day leap into the forum of public debate. And as always, the industry associations will in all likelihood remain the strongest deciders of how things go.
Here's an angle that just occurred to me about yesterday's widespread online protests against the "Stop Online Piracy Act": normally we talk about dig...
As I write this, I watch our team of staff and volunteers slowly black out Wikipedia, and I realize what women would have to lose if this blackout became permanent.