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Transparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia
Abstract Wikipedia is known as a free online encyclWikipedia is known as a free online encyclopedia. Wikipedia uses largely transparent writing and editing processes, which aim at providing the user with quality information through a democratic collaborative system. However, one aspect of these processes is not transparent--the identity of contributors, editors, and administrators. We argue that this particular lack of transparency jeopardizes the validity of the information being produced by Wikipedia. We analyze the social and ethical consequences of this lack of transparency in Wikipedia for all users, but especially students; we assess the corporate social performance issues involved, and we propose courses of action to compensate for the potential problems. We show that Wikipedia has the appearance, but not the reality, of responsible, transparent information production.sible, transparent information production.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension N/A  +
Comments Wikipedia must move away from anonymous and pseudonymic postings toward full accountability for those who post and edit articles, using real names, occupations, credentials, and affiliations.
Conclusion Perhaps ultimately what will bring legitimPerhaps ultimately what will bring legitimacy and validity to Wikipedia is the complete transparency of its process. For this to happen, Wikipedia must move away from anonymous and pseudonymic postings toward full accountability for those who post and edit articles, using real names, occupations, credentials, and affiliations. As a new process, Wikipedia will undoubtedly change and develop, and when it ‘grows up,’ it must offer reliable ways for users to determine the accuracy and reliability of the information presented. reliability of the information presented.
Data source N/A  +
Doi 10.1007/s10676-009-9193-y +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Transparency%2Band%2Bsocial%2Bresponsibility%2Bissues%2Bfor%2BWikipedia%22  +
Has author Adele Santana + , Donna J. Wood +
Has domain Philosophy and ethics +
Has topic Antecedents of quality + , Ethics + , Social order +
Issue 2  +
Pages 133-144  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Ethics and Information Technology +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions However, one aspect of these processes is However, one aspect of these processes is not transparent--the identity of contributors, editors, and administrators. We argue that this particular lack of transparency jeopardizes the validity of the information being produced by Wikipedia. We analyze the social and ethical consequences of this lack of transparency in Wikipedia for all users, but especially students; we assess the corporate social performance issues involved, and we propose courses of action to compensate for the potential problems. We show that Wikipedia has the appearance, but not the reality, of responsible, transparent information production.sible, transparent information production.
Revid 11,007  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Transparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://www.springerlink.com/content/201h513h406010wg/  +
Volume 11  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language N/A  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:31:57  +
Categories Antecedents of quality  + , Ethics  + , Social order  + , Philosophy and ethics  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:32:00  +
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