Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The man who informs the world

Vintage Library Poster (Public Domain)

Last month I wrote a post about Dr Mark Graham and his Four Thought presentation in which he highlighted some of the biases in online information. I heard a brief news item in the small hours this morning which talked about Sverker Johansson, from Sweden who has written a reported 2.7 million articles for Wikipedia, something like eight percent of the entire total on Wikipedia content. Many of these articles are what are known as ‘stubs’ created using a computer programme written by Sverker called "Lsjbot".

In the video, taken from the Wall Street Journal article, Sverker makes the point about Wikipedia contributors not being a cross-section of global society, parallelling the points made by Mark Graham previously.

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