<CPOV> Wikipedia & "Walled Gardens of Corruption"

Geert Lovink geert at desk.nl
Mon Oct 12 10:53:18 CEST 2015

CPOV is necessary or shall we move on? Soon the right-wing spiritual leader of Wikipedia comes to Amsterdam to receive the highest price in science. I bet the Dutch elite won’t say a word. The press will remain silent and is clueless anyway. Ciao, Geert

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Jos Damen <josephcmdamen at gmail.com>
> Subject: [read20-l] Wikipedia & "Walled Gardens of Corruption"
> Date: 11 October 2015 10:40:31 pm GMT+2
> To: Read20 List <read20-l at mailman.panix.com>
> Andreas Kolbe's op-ed in Wikipedia Signpost (7 Oct. 2015): *Walled gardens
> of corruption (*about manipulation of information in Wikipedia).
> "I don't think anyone could look at the English Wikipedia's articles on
> Kazakhstan and conclude that anonymous crowdsourcing has worked well here.
> There is no "crowd". The topic area looks like a walled garden owned by a
> PR team, and has done for a long time. It works so well that a Kazakh
> embassy tweeted the Kazakhstan
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakhstan> article
> to celebrate Kazakhstan's national day. An embassy of a country with a
> democracy score of 6.61 on a scale of 1 to 7. That occupies 161st place
> (out of 180 places) in the 2014 Press Freedom Index
> <http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.php>. Tweets the Wikipedia article
> about its country, because it is so wonderfully flattering."
> "The search engine manipulation effect (SEME): recentresearch
> <http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/how-google-could-rig-the-2016-election-121548>
> shows
> that Google visibility has a significant impact on public perception,
> opening the door to manipulation. Wikipedia, increasingly integrated into
> Google's Knowledge Graph <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_Graph> and
> Bing's Satori equivalent, is a key factor in what search engine users see."
> Kolbe identifies five "structural flaws" in Wikipedia.
> Complete article:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-10-07/Op-ed
> JD
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