1. Bugs and Discourse

    Since beginning my work at NYU the majority of my focus, obviously, has been on Wikipedia. However, some research I began almost 4 years ago has finally been published as: Joseph Reagle. Bug tracking systems as Public Spheres. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 11(1), 2007. URL http://scholar …

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  2. Britannica love

    britannica loveIn Harvey Einbinder's excellent "The Myth of the Britannica" he includes some of the advertisements used to sell Britannica around 1960 including this one: "HOW CAN YOU EXPRESS THE INEXPRESSIBLE LOVE YOU FEEL FOR YOUR CHILD?" The actual copy, contributed to Dr. D. Alan Walter is not by an eminent …

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  3. The elites and bourgeoisie

    I recently had the opportunity to catch up on some of my reading including new quantitative analysis of Wikipedia contribution. In particular, the question about the inequality of user contribution is a long-standing one (Wales 2005wew2, Voss 2005mw, Swartz 2006www, Ball2007, Kittur et al. 2007, Viegas et al. 2007, and …

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  4. Peer production: Wikipedia and the OED

    I often compare the "peer production" of Wikipedia to that of the OED, which was also built with the contributions of hundreds of people from all walks of life. I just finished Simon Winchester's The Meaning of Everything: the Story of the Oxford English Dictionary -- an excellent complement to his …

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  5. Durova: openness and enclaves

    Previously, I've explained what openness means relative to a community rather than the license governing its content. In short an open content community, as I specify it, has five normative features: open products, transparency, integrity, nondiscrimination, and noninterference. It also has an important descriptive feature: some level of structure/closure …

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