I am just taking a few notes to remind myself what we are reading for ITP this week.

Wikipedia Articles

Yochai Benkler on Wikipedia, Wealth of Network pages 70-74.

Benkler outlines the rise of Wikipedia and its steps to proving its reliability and self-maintenance. He especially notes the expressly and rigorously held consensus of an objective writing style.

What is perhaps surprising is that this success occurs not in a tightly knit community with many social relations to reinforce the sense of common purpose and the social norms embodying it, but in a large and geographically dispersed group of otherwise unrelated participants. It suggests that even in a group of this size, social norms coupled with a facility to allow any participant to edit out purposeful or mistaken deviations in contravention of the social norms, and a robust platform for largely unmediated conversation, keep the group on track.

-Benkler, Yochai. Wealth of Networks. p74.

First section of ‘Collaborative futures’ 

The collaborative “book sprint” written by Mushon Zer-Aviv, Michael Mandiberg, Mike Linksvayer, Marta Peirano, Alan Toner, Aleksandar Erkalovic (programmer) and Adam Hyde (facilitator) sets up patterns of production. Their method supports a theory of collaboration geared toward open production.

FIRST CHAPTER OF Joseph Reagle, Good Faith Collaboration, Chapter 1, MIT, 2010.

Wikipedia is a realization — even if flawed — of the historic pursuit of a universal encyclopedia: a technology-inspired vision seeking to wed increased access to information with greater human accord.

Joseph Reagle elaborates on the thickness of Wikipedia, not just its overt product. He writes about the culture that elicited Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”3

Reagle cites the incidence of Nazi accusations to relate the notion of cordiality on Wikipedia. “Wikipedia culture encourages contributors to treat and think of others well.”

Dan Nosowitz, Meet The Climate Change Denier Who Became The Voice Of Hurricane Sandy On Wikipedia, Popular Science, November 2, 2012

Pretty self-explanatory. Interesting depiction of the process of peer-review on Wikipedia.

SOME interesting discussions on wikipedia around gender

GamerGate Discussions

[effort] GamerGate’s latest Wikipedia War shows how GG crowdsources harassment from GamerGhazi

The Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production.