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Tag Archives: Wikipedia

Wikimedia Wins Lawsuit in Italy

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A court ruled that under Italian law wiki content is not the responsibility of the host, rather those 80,000 active monthly contributors to Wikipedia who create and post the content. On June 20, 2013, the Civil Court of Rome ruled against Cesare Previti (former Italian Minister of Defense during Silvio Berlusconi’s term as Prime Minister). … Continue Reading

75% of Women Use Social Media, However Only 10% of Women Post on Wikipedia

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Gender statistics on the Internet are thought provoking, including Pew Research’s report that 75% of women and 63% of men use Social Media. Also Pew reported 67% of “online American adults are Facebook users, making Facebook the dominant social networking site” in the US. Likely no surprise to anyone. Even though women predominate in Social … Continue Reading

Who Owns Wiki Content?

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Virtually all Internet users rely on some wiki since they are so prevalent, but did you ever wonder who owns the content? As a matter of fact as of October 2012 Wikipedia claims to have 23 million articles contributed by individuals around the world in 285 languages, and an "estimated 2.7 billion monthly page views … Continue Reading

Google Co-Founder Gives $500,000 to Wikimedia Foundation

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Since the Wikimedia Foundation (home of Wikipedia) is a not-for-profit, it survives by annual fundraisers. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki (23andMe co-founder) used their Brin Wojcicki Foundation to grant $500,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedia Foundation kicked off its 8th annual fundraiser on November 16, 2011 and raised $1.2 million … Continue Reading

Wikipedia Not Legal Authority in US Federal Courts

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Although Social Media users rely on information posted on Wikipedia, a recent ruling in a US Federal Court is a reminder that US Federal Courts refuse to accept Wikipedia as a credible source. U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson of Louisville, Kentucky recently denied a new trial for Karen Sypher who was convicted of trying to … Continue Reading

Only 15% of Wikipedia Posts from Women!

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Wikipedia turned 10 years old in January 2011 with more than 3.5 million English articles and in more than 250 languages, but only about 15% of the articles have been posted by women. Actually based on a joint study in 2010 of Wikipedia of the contributor base by the United Nations University, Maastricht University, and … Continue Reading

Google to Post the Dead Sea Scrolls – Copyright Infringement Claims Unlikely

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Google will not be accused of copyright infringement by posting the Dead Sea Scrolls unlike the current litigation about Google’s Books Library Project where Google is scanning millions of books to be freely available. Although the litigation continues, settlement looms on the horizon but the date for claims to be filed has been extended to … Continue Reading

Wikipedia- Now Teaming with the Smithsonian Institution

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A recent report of a WikiProject Smithsonian Institution should add credence to Wikipedia, since there are more than 3.4 million articles in English of the +17 million total Wikipedia article. Of course there must be a reason to believe Wikipedia, after all the 16 US intelligence agencies rely on Wikipedia’s version called Intellipedia. Since many … Continue Reading

College Update – Plagiarism Aplenty, But No eMail or Wristwatches

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Plagiarism is alive and well on college campuses however it is no wonder since the Internet and Social Media have changed communications. Without question Wikipedia has become a reliable source for students and at least 16 US intelligence agencies. Many question the authenticity of Wikipedia, but if the US intelligence community can rely on Wikipedia I … Continue Reading

Recent Headlines Send Shockwaves – ‘Wikipedia and LinkedIn are Down’!

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Tweets a plenty were posted announcing that Wikipedia and LinkedIn were down, but one tweet wondered what would happen if Twitter also went down! We are so dependent on these Social Media tools that when these sites go down the communications also disappears….except probably text messages, phone calls, or even face-to-face conversations. If Social Media … Continue Reading

Wow – Google Now Offering Legal Research

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Google just announced that will it “will find full-text legal opinions from federal and state courts.” It had to happen at some point, so it’s not a tremendous surprise that Google would expand its services to include legal research. However will courts rely on Google as a cited authority? Maybe not, since few Judges rely … Continue Reading

Is Wikipedia Finished?

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Speculation that Wikipedia has run out of ideas is an amusing headline. It’s hard to believe that in 8 years Wikipedia has more than 2.8 million English articles since the Encyclopedia Britannica started in 1768 and has about 250,000 articles. Wikipedia’s growth is quite astonishing since in March 2006 (three years ago) the 1 millionth … Continue Reading