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Net503 Policy Primer on Wikipedia

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  • maroochydoregirl maroochydoregirl This is a great online policy primer which thoroughly describes Wikipedia’s Terms of Service in an easy-to-read and comprehensive manner. There are many similarities and differences that I observed throughout this presentation between the Terms and Services that Twitter employs, and those used by Wikipedia. I have explained more about Twitters Terms of Services and Privacy Policy in a Slideshare presentation located at http://www.slideshare.net/maroochydoregirl/online-policy-primer-for-twitter

    The first similarity between the two services is that both platforms are open, meaning that anybody with an internet connection is able to register and post information. In addition, both platforms offer their services freely to users and the public, meaning there are no membership or subscription fees. The concepts behind both platforms and what they have to offer users are similar in nature too, with both services aiming to engage people worldwide and share content on a global scale, however this content differs in that Wikipedia is predominantly a scholarly-based platform and operates under ‘five pillars’ which guides how users publish information (Wikipedia Policies and Guidelines, 2012), whilst a vast array of content can be shared on Twitter.

    In comparison to Twitter, which requires users to register a user account, users on Wikipedia do have the ability to edit and publish content without registration. Similarly, both Wikipedia’s and Twitters Terms of Service note that users are responsible for the content that is uploaded to the site, and both companies hold no legal responsibility for information that users post, particularly information that infringes on copyright policies (Twitters Terms of Service, 2012; Wikipedia Policies and Guidelines, 2012). Similarly, this can be seen in Bloggers Terms of Service and Content Policy, which can be viewed as a Slideshow presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/vejobling/net303-blogger-policy-primer

    Further, both platforms also employ a Privacy Policy to protect users from malicious others, and protect their identities (Twitter Privacy Policy, 2012; Wikimedia Foundation Privacy Policy, 2012). However both services note that personally identifiable information may be released circumstances involving abuse, issues involving law enforcement, and with the users permission (Twitter Privacy Policy, 2012; Wikimedia Foundation Privacy Policy, 2012). In both services, users can be terminated by breaching rules and regulations, such as copyright infringement, vandalism and harassment (Twitters Terms of Service, 2012; Wikipedia Policies and Guidelines, 2012).


    References:

    Twitter Privacy Policy. (May 17, 2012). Retrieved 13th September 2012 from http://twitter.com/privacy

    Twitter Terms of Service. (June 25, 2012). Retrieved 13th September 2012 from http://twitter.com/tos

    Wikipedia (2012). Wikipedia: Policies and Guidelines. Accessed 13th September 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Policies_and_guidelines

    Wikimedia Foundation (2012). Privacy Policy. Accessed 13th September 2012 from http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy
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