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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Corruption of Wikipedia


Wikipedia's business model is generating Web traffic (primarily from search engines) for articles on conventional wisdom that are tightly controlled by a commune of mostly anonymous Administrators to motivate (financial) contributions.

However, according to Correa, Correa and Askanas:
"in Wikipedia, ultimate decisions about what constitutes 'encyclopedic fact' and what constitutes 'vandalism' devolve to a cadre of Internet bureaucrats with no other qualifications than their devotion to Wikipedianism... One of the main problems stems precisely from the fact that Wikipedia's de-facto arbiters of what constitutes 'science', 'information', 'fact', 'knowledge' - those who make it into the ranks of Wikipedia administrators ... are Internet technobureaucrats without any actual love of knowledge or any respect for those who spend their life fighting for it."

The purpose of this article is to explore issues regarding the corruption of Wikipedia. It does not address other Wikipedia issues.

Censorship by Wikipedia, Corruption of Wikipedia, Seth Finkelstein, Kyle Gann, R. Stuart Geiger, Mike Godwin, John Harnad, Jenny Kleeman, Gregory Kohs, Barry Kort, Robert Kowalski, Arthur Rubin, Rachel Marsden, Charles Matthews, Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales


Censorship by Wikipedia
Vandalism and Harassment by Wikipedia
Wikipedia is an “infoCommune”, not an encyclopedia
Wikipedia's Business Model
Wikipedia Libels and Vilifies People
Can Wikipedia be Reformed?
Audio recording of the event is available at the following location:
Wikipedia discussion of "History of Logic Programming by Carl Hewitt" is available here.

Carl Hewitt is Emeritus in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained his PhD in mathematics at MIT in 1971, under the supervision of Seymour Papert (adviser), Marvin Minsky, and Mike Paterson. From September 1989 to August 1990, Hewitt was the IBM Chair Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Keio University in Japan. He is known for his design of Planner (a pioneering Artificial Intelligence programming language), his work on concurrency (the Actor model), the Scientific Community Metaphor with Bill Kornfeld, and, most recently, on strongly paraconsistent logic (Direct Logic). Hewitt's Erdős number is 3 (by two different co-authors).

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