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Wikipedia and
breaking news
The promise of a global news platform
and the threat of the filter bubble
!
Heather Ford | @hfo...
All of us
not just some of us.
(N)ews was being
produced by regular
people who had
something to say and
show, and not solely
by the "official" news
organi...
(Peer production projects
like Wikipedia) enables
many more individuals to
communicate their
observations and their
viewpo...
<What is Wikipedia news?>
18 billion page views
500 million unique visitors per month
(Comscore)
1.8 million views
1. Wikipedia does journalism
2. Wikipedia avoids being biased
Journalists: sources = people
Wikipedians: sources = documents
Sources
Wikipedia does Wikipedia does not
publish original thought: all material in
Wikipedia must be attributable to a
reliable, ...
The topic of an article should
be notable, or "worthy of notice";
that is, "significant, interesting, or
unusual enough to ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Revolution_of_2011
Egypt braces for nationwide protests!
By Jailan Zayan (AFP) – Jan 25, 2011 
CAIRO — Egypt braced for a day of nationwide a...
2011 Egyptian protests!
The 2011 Egyptian protests are a continuing series of
street demonstrations taking place throughou...
‘(I knew) the thing was going to
be big… before the revolution
became a revolution’.

TheEgyptianLiberal
hiraan.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Kenyan_invasion_of_Somalia_(2011) 
</What is Wikipedia news?>
<Local spheres>
http://www.superbwallpapers.com/
Gilad Lotan: Twitter responses to the UNRWA school bombing
https://medium.com/i-data/israel-gaza-war-data-a54969aeb23e
</Local spheres>
<Wikipedia as an
authoritative source>
• Pic: encyclopedias
</Wikipedia as an
authoritative source>
<Change>
Pic by Martin Heigan CC BY NC SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/martin_heigan/1457845785/in/photostream/
The sum of all human...
</Change>
hfordsa@gmail.com
@hfordsa
Wikipedia and breaking news: The promise of a global media platform and the threat of the filter bubble
Wikipedia and breaking news: The promise of a global media platform and the threat of the filter bubble
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Wikipedia and breaking news: The promise of a global media platform and the threat of the filter bubble

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A talk I gave at Wikimania 2014 about the need to recognise Wikipedia's power as a newsmaker and why we need to be more reflective about our biases.

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Wikipedia and breaking news: The promise of a global media platform and the threat of the filter bubble

  1. 1. Wikipedia and breaking news The promise of a global news platform and the threat of the filter bubble ! Heather Ford | @hfordsa
  2. 2. All of us not just some of us.
  3. 3. (N)ews was being produced by regular people who had something to say and show, and not solely by the "official" news organizations that had traditionally decided how the first draft of history would look. 2004
  4. 4. (Peer production projects like Wikipedia) enables many more individuals to communicate their observations and their viewpoints to many others, and to do so in a way that cannot be controlled by media owners and is not as easily corruptible by money as were the mass media. 2006
  5. 5. <What is Wikipedia news?>
  6. 6. 18 billion page views 500 million unique visitors per month (Comscore)
  7. 7. 1.8 million views
  8. 8. 1. Wikipedia does journalism 2. Wikipedia avoids being biased
  9. 9. Journalists: sources = people Wikipedians: sources = documents Sources
  10. 10. Wikipedia does Wikipedia does not publish original thought: all material in Wikipedia must be attributable to a reliable, published source. Articles may not contain any new analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to reach or imply a conclusion not clearly stated by the sources themselves.
 Wikipedia: No Original Research
  11. 11. The topic of an article should be notable, or "worthy of notice"; that is, "significant, interesting, or unusual enough to deserve attention or to be recorded”. ! Wikipedia: Notability
  12. 12. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Revolution_of_2011
  13. 13. Egypt braces for nationwide protests! By Jailan Zayan (AFP) – Jan 25, 2011  CAIRO — Egypt braced for a day of nationwide anti- government protests on Tuesday, with organisers counting on the Tunisian uprising to inspire crowds to mobilise for political and economic reforms.
  14. 14. 2011 Egyptian protests! The 2011 Egyptian protests are a continuing series of street demonstrations taking place throughout Egypt from January 2010 onwards with organisers counting on the Tunisian uprising to inspire the crowds to mobilize.
  15. 15. ‘(I knew) the thing was going to be big… before the revolution became a revolution’.
 TheEgyptianLiberal
  16. 16. hiraan.com
  17. 17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Kenyan_invasion_of_Somalia_(2011) 
  18. 18. </What is Wikipedia news?>
  19. 19. <Local spheres>
  20. 20. http://www.superbwallpapers.com/
  21. 21. Gilad Lotan: Twitter responses to the UNRWA school bombing https://medium.com/i-data/israel-gaza-war-data-a54969aeb23e
  22. 22. </Local spheres>
  23. 23. <Wikipedia as an authoritative source>
  24. 24. • Pic: encyclopedias
  25. 25. </Wikipedia as an authoritative source>
  26. 26. <Change>
  27. 27. Pic by Martin Heigan CC BY NC SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/martin_heigan/1457845785/in/photostream/ The sum of all human knowledge…
  28. 28. </Change>
  29. 29. hfordsa@gmail.com @hfordsa

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