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In the news
Top papers referencing Wikipedia
Top papers reference Wikipedia and raise question of website’s credibility as source - The rise of Wikipedia has given much food for thought for media outlets in considering what they consider acceptable as sources. For example, Agence France Presse has banned the use of Wikipedia and Facebook as sources, and other organisations write Wikipedia off as false. However, the Wall Street Journal has used Wikipedia for information about the turducken, information that might be difficult to find elsewhere. Jimbo Wales recommends that journalists use Wikipedia for background research as opposed to the single source of information.
Other recent mentions in the online press include:
- Iran: Official proposes boycotting Wikipedia for sacrilegious act - Muslim states have been urged to restrict access to Wikipedia because it contains copies of Danish caricatures.
- 'Oldest pub' row: Wikipedia shuts web page - An argument about which is the oldest pub in England has resulted in the articles in question being deleted.
- Bottom up is not enough, even for Wikipedia - Bottom-up, decentralised systems often have a large amount of top-down control.
- U. of Texas Professor Praises Wikipedia - Bans on using Wikipedia have been labelled as irresponsible, because students should be trained in the use of future mediums.
- Wikipedia defies 180,000 demands to remove images of the Prophet - Wikipedia continues to defy Muslim demands to remove pictures of Muhammad. (Related story in last week's issue.)
- Web warning issued for soldiers in Afghanistan - The Internet, and in particular, Wikipedia, poses a threat to soldiers, because websites allow insurgents to gather intelligence.
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