1. Lessig and emergent corruption

    It is with interest that I've noted Lawrence Lessig's announcement a career shift away from his work on restoring sanity to the copyright regime. I too once grew frustrated and fatigued with the policy process around copyrights, patents, and privacy because of that which Lessig now calls "corruption." (Fortunately, Lessig …

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  2. The Wikipedia Plays

    One of my favorite categories in my "field notes" mindmap is that of "zeitgeist." Very little of this material will actually find its way into the dissertation -- indeed, in that mindmap few of the \~800 sources I have across \~50 categories will -- but I collect it nonetheless. I use "zeitgeist …

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  3. Help with teleonomy

    While grading papers I noticed that a student referred to the Wikipedia definition of teleonomy, a concept I have discussed in class, with a quotation that I found contrary to my own understanding: "teleonomic process, such as evolution..." I thought, "whoa!", evolution is not teleonomic and the version of the …

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  4. Brandt and Wikipedia plagiarism

    Since I am a student of plagiarism in reference work production, I read with interest Daniel Brandt's (2006) analysis of Plagiarism by Wikipedia editors. He claims that he found 145 instances of Wikipedia plagiarizing others (roughly 1% of his sample), and projects that the "plagiarism rate on Wikipedia is at …

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  5. The elusive Jimmy Wales

    Like others, I have been surprised that the Wikipedia policies of No Original Research (WP:NOR, Wikipedia 2006nor) and Verifiability (WP:V, Wikipedia 2006v) had been collapsed into a new policy of Attribution (WP:ATT, Wikipedia 2007a). The two former policies, in addition to Neutral Point of View (WP:NPOV …

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