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Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia

Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia

Joseph Reagle, Berkman Center Fellow

Wikipedia's style of collaborative production has been lauded, lambasted, and satirized. Despite unease over its implications for the character (and quality) of knowledge, Wikipedia has brought us closer than ever to a realization of the century-old pursuit of a universal encyclopedia. Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia is a rich ethnographic portrayal of Wikipedia's historical roots, collaborative culture, and much debated legacy.

About Joseph

Joseph Reagle is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he studies collaborative cultures. He received his Ph.D., and was an adjunct faculty member, at NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. As a Research Engineer at MIT's Lab for Computer Science and Working Group Chair and Author within IETF and W3C, he contributed to several specifications on digital security and privacy. He also helped develop and maintain W3C's privacy and intellectual rights policies (i.e., copyright/trademark licenses and patent analysis). Dr. Reagle has degrees in Computer Science (UMBC), Technology Policy (MIT), and Media, Culture, and Communication (NYU). He served as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has been consulted on new-media related projects, and has been profiled, interviewed, and quoted in national media including Technology Review, The Economist, The New York Times and American and New Zealand Public Radio. A book, based on his dissertation, about Wikipedia history and collaboration will be available in 2010 from The MIT Press.


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Past Event
Oct 19, 2010
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM