Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Votebeat will cover local election administration as a permanent newsroom
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The Telegraph / Simon Ings / Jan 12
“Since its inception, pundits have assumed that it’s Wikipedia’s ­reliance on the great mass of unwashed humanity – sorry, I mean “user-generated content” – that will destroy it. Contributor Heather Ford, a South African open source activist, reckons it’s not its creators that will eventually ruin Wikipedia but its readers – specifically, data aggregation giants such as Google, Amazon and Apple, which fillet Wikipedia content and disseminate it through search engines like Chrome and personal assistants such as Alexa and Siri. They have turned Wikipedia into the internet’s go-to source of ground truth, inflating its importance to an unsustainable level.”