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I'm a software engineer/researcher who has worked on software for both regulatory surveillance of stock markets, and image processing for scientific measurement. The stint in finance was in a tiny software company; the image processing continues in a multinational imaging device company.

I find it very interesting to observe the way that Wikipedia copes with conflicts of vested interests: Wikipedia is a participant in the real world, after all, and in the real world, the interpretation of knowledge can have life-or-death, rich-or-poor implications.

It can be very informative to read the talk pages of contentious areas: two examples I've found very educational are CAMERA and Naked Short Selling.

It's clear that Wikipedia desperately needs to attract hordes of intelligent but disinterested observers who can keep debates level-headed and fair, and articles NPOV, complete, and accurate. However, it is also becoming apparent that there is only so much that amateurs can do, and that it is essential that domain experts get involved to set up basic principles and a framework for progress.


Watchlist Contributions

Marisha Pessl[edit]

Did you know that Marisha Pessl donated $450 to Hillary Clinton at the end of 2007?

Zoë Foster[edit]

Zoë Foster's blog

Tom Waits[edit]

Tom Wait's 20 favourite songs

Scarlett Thomas[edit]

Photos of Scarlett Thomas taken by Simon Trewin, her agent

Lisa Lutz[edit]

Awards, reviews etc

Interview with Lisa Lutz


Biography at La Jolla Writer's Conference

Nominated in 2008 for three awards for best first novel: Anthony Award;[1] Macavity Award;[2] and Barry award.[3]

White Bay Hotel[edit]

Pub Owner James Manning quizzed over Blaze

Internet censorship in Australia[edit] New sex party Media watch story about the media campaign that started it all,28348,24795948-5014239,00.html Protests here Article about Stephen Conroy Landfeldt's report,28348,24833959-5014239,00.html Might extend to P2P Commentary from EFA,23599,24840506-2,00.html Leaks of overseas sites; filtering trial is delayed AU Gov't Mandatory ISP Filtering / Censorship Plan Jim Wallace, Christian Open Net Oz-Nz, with copyright and defamation Why the IWF was right to block Wikipedia,24897,25010836-5013046,00.html Seven blogs for and against filtering,24897,25181408-15306,00.html ACMA takes aim at Whirlpool, supplier Ruled by single bureaucrat,130061791,339295589,00.htm iiNet withdraws Tangled web, link to Ludlum's interview It's being botched,,25240337-5006301,00.html German police raid owner of German Wikileaks domain because of Australian blacklist G-rated photos added to blacklist Would block political content Caching errror caused Henson's blacklisting Walkback! Optus 'Yes',24897,25615001-15306,00.html AFACT vs. iiNet, June 9 2009

Neville Fletcher[edit]


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