Transparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia

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Transparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia
Authors: Adele Santana, Donna J. Wood [edit item]
Citation: Ethics and Information Technology 11 (2): 133-144. 2009.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1007/s10676-009-9193-y.
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Transparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia is a publication by Adele Santana, Donna J. Wood.


[edit] Abstract

Wikipedia 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.

[edit] Research questions

"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."

Research details

Topics: Antecedents of quality, Ethics, Social order [edit item]
Domains: Philosophy and ethics [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Perhaps 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."

[edit] 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."


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AbstractWikipedia 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 teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionN/A +
CommentsWikipedia 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.
ConclusionPerhaps 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 sourceN/A +
Doi10.1007/s10676-009-9193-y +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Transparency%2Band%2Bsocial%2Bresponsibility%2Bissues%2Bfor%2BWikipedia%22 +
Has authorAdele Santana + and Donna J. Wood +
Has domainPhilosophy and ethics +
Has topicAntecedents of quality +, Ethics + and Social order +
Issue2 +
Pages133-144 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inEthics and Information Technology +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsHowever, 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.
Revid11,007 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleTransparency and social responsibility issues for Wikipedia
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://www.springerlink.com/content/201h513h406010wg/ +
Volume11 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2009 +