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Wikipedia changes rules to deter astroturfing

Wikipedia has had a problem with people putting misleading or false edits on pages for some time. They have now changed the rules so that editors must disclose whether they are being paid.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

PR firms agree to abide by Wikipedia rules

Eleven large public relations firms have agreed to clean up the way they interact with Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Some of the companies have been involved in editing pages to favor their clients via pseudonymous accounts.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Don't just do something different, do the opposite

Radical innovation carries great risks and potentially great rewards. If your current plans and policies are not working then think about doing the opposite.
In the Media by Paul Sloane

Wikipedia editors report high numbers of paid-for articles

Wikipedia editors have identified hundreds of user accounts set up to make paid-for entries. This violates the aims and objectives of the online encyclopedia.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite upgrade looks OK, but very undersold?

Sydney - The upgraded version of Amazon Kindle paperwhite is designed to eliminate a few of the legacy e-reader problems like battery life and other nuisances. This thing is apparently a lot more potentially useful than you might think at first glance.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Wikipedia to block NSA spies

Founder Jimmy Wales announced that Wikipedia would be introducing security measures to protect site visitors, starting from August 21. This comes as the Guardian revealed that the NSA was also monitoring users who accessed web pages for referencing.
In the Media by Eduardo Arrufat - 7 comments

IP within US Senate edited Snowden Wikipedia to read 'traitor'

The description on Edward Snowden's Wikipedia page was edited by an anonymous source within the US Senate to read "American traitor" instead of "American dissident."
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Op-Ed: How trustworthy is ‘Wikipedia’?

‘Wikipedia’ is one of the most popular and indeed one of the most trusted sites on the Internet, but just how trustworthy is it, in particular, how much information does it exclude?
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 18 comments

Wikipedia 'edit wars' : George W. Bush, among contentious topics

It appears there are many things Wikipedia editors can't agree on, Jesus, George W. Bush and the Prophet Muhammad among them.
In the Media by Timothy Whitt - 1 comment

Wikimedia Foundation enjoys record 2012 fundraiser

Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the online, free encyclopedia announced on December 27 that it had raised a record $25 million in record time during its 2012 fundraiser.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

UK MPs told: If you want to edit your Wiki entry, do it at home

London - British Members of Parliament are being told: if you need to edit your Wikipedia entry, better to do it at home rather than be caught in the act.
In the Media by Andrew John - 2 comments

Wikipedia articles replace term paper in University of Utah class

Salt Lake City - The old fashion term paper is being replaced by an Internet sensation in one University of Utah classroom, where students can write articles for Wikipedia in lieu of a term paper for class credit.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 7 comments

Republican candidate Mitt Romney's Wikipedia page locked down

The Wikipedia page of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, along with other members of his party, have been locked so users can't edit any content.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 6 comments

Russian Wikipedia blackout in protest against Internet censorship

Wikipedia's Russian website has declared a 24-hour-long blackout and boycott in protest against a child protection bill which they say would lead to Internet censorship in that country.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Jimmy Wales petitions against extradition of Richard O’Dwyer

Richard O’Dwyer, 24, is to be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. on copyright charges. Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia has started a petition against this.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Wikipedia warns users some ads may be infected with malware

Wikipedia has warned this week that users seeing advertisements on any of its pages may be infected with malware. The website emphasizes the company is a non-profit one, supported only by donations.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments

Encyclopedia Britannica's days in print draw to a close

Encyclopedia Britannica, the standard for reference for over 200 years, has decided to bring production of its printed 32-volume sets to an end. This decision is due to rapidly declining sales and competition with online services such as Wikipedia.
In the Media by Abigail Prendergast - 8 comments

Wikipedia, BoingBoing and others blackout in protest of SOPA

Wikipedia's English-language site is leading a protest against the new Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that major Internet companies consider draconian. Wikipedia, along with some others, will "blackout" on Jan. 18 for 24 hrs.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

Op-Ed: SOPA 'not proceeding' but sites still going dark

Sydney - SOPA is on hold, but Wikipedia’s “strike” threat for tomorrow and similar action by Reddit and Boing Boing are still going ahead. The White House has expressed less than fizzy enthusiasm for anti piracy proposals and is asking for help from users.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Why Canadians should participate in the SOPA/PIPA protest

Ottawa - Some of the Internet's leading websites, including Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, and BoingBoing, will go dark tomorrow to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Here's why Canadians should care.
In the Media by Michael Geist - 3 comments

Wikipedia founder hopes to succeed with SOPA bill protest

Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales hopes certain measures lined up for Wednesday, including shutting down its online encyclopedia for 24 hours, would yield positive results as Wikipedia and thousands of other sites protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
In the Media by Samuel Okocha

Op-Ed: Wikipedia to go on strike in protest of SOPA

Sydney - The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which has already got flak from Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo! and others is getting a lot hotter. Wikipedia is going to be offline on Wednesday in protest.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 9 comments

Jimmy Wales may 'turn off' Wikipedia to protest anti-piracy law

Washington - The co-founder of Wikipedia has threatened a "strike action" in protest of an anti-piracy bill being discussed in the U.S. Senate. Jimmy Wales said he may be forced to protest the proposed law by turning off the English-language version of the site.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 6 comments

Italian Wikipedia shuts down in protest of new wiretapping law

Rome - Italian Wikipedia is protesting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's new wiretapping law that would force bloggers and publications to remove objectionable content and revise it within 48 hours. it.wikipedia.org is now shut down.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 3 comments

Wikipedia encourages contributor appreciation with Love Button

Contributors to the largest community-edited encyclopedia on the Web will soon have a button similar to Facebook's “Like” button to show support to one another.
In the Media by Cendrine Marrouat - 1 comment

Palin's gaffe leads to debate on history, Internet censorship Special

While debate rages on as to who's right and who's wrong on the story of Paul Revere, the editing of his Wikipedia page to match what Sarah Palin said has brought up more than just history lessons.
Digital Journal Report by Graeme McNaughton - 1 comment

Palin supporters attempting to rewrite history on Wikipedia

While former governor Sarah Palin claims she wasn't wrong in her story on Paul Revere, some of her supporters have taken to Wikipedia to make it true.
In the Media by Graeme McNaughton - 1 comment

Cancer research experts to 'tidy up' Wikipedia entries

Cancer research experts in the UK are to work with Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, with an aim to clear up clarity and data accuracy on the disease.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Wikipedia is 10 years old today

Despite the ups and downs of existing in the Internet world, Wikipedia has doggedly fought off its many detractors and problems and it is ten years old today. I for one wish to congratulate Jimmy Wales and everyone else who has made that possible.
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove - 4 comments

Liveblog: Jimmy Wales talks future of Wikipedia and collaboration Special

Toronto - Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is doing the keynote address at Digital Day in Toronto. The 13th Annual Digital Day Conference is presented by the Canadian Marketing Association and Marketing Magazine, and we're there covering it live.
Digital Journal Report by Chris Hogg
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