Photo by BrillLyle, CC BY-SA 4.0. In the New York headquarters of the United Nations, a teak statue of a young woman hangs on the glowing wood wall of the sprawling Trusteeship Council chamber. The female figure in the Henrik Starcke sculpture reaches up, hopefully toward a flying bird. Volunteer editors in this room reached…
Here’s an interesting article on the history of the Internet Archive by Jill Lepore.
Perhaps the class could participate in the virtual edit-a-thon?
via The Guardian, which reports that Wikipedia’s arbitration committee has banned five editors from making changes to certain articles “in an attempt to stop a long-running edit war over the entry on the “’Gamergate controversy’”.
This decision “bars the five editors from having anything to do with any articles covering Gamergate, but also from any other article about “’gender or sexuality, broadly construed.’ Editors who had been pushing for the Wikipedia article to be fairer to Gamergate have also been sanctioned by the committee.”
Blogger and former Wikipedia editor Mark Bernstein has written a series of posts condemning Wikipedia’s decision: According to Bernstein, “This takes care of social justice warriors with a vengeance — not only do the Gamergaters get to rewrite their own page (and Zoe Quinn’s, Brianna Wu’s, Anita Sarkeesian’s, etc); feminists are to be purged en bloc from the encyclopedia.”
Wikipedia has replied to these…
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Here are links to some of the things that were mentioned in last evening’s class: