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February 23, 2010 |  7 comments |  Print  Your Opinion  

Interview with Jimmy Wales

The Wiki Way to Create Change in Global Politics

Interview with Jimmy Wales: The founder of Wikipedia discusses the importance of websites like Atlantic Community where people come together to create solutions for how to make the world a better place. The key to constructive online debates is to amplify the more moderate voices.

Wikipedia, which is one of the ten most visited websites, shows how volunteers can collaborate online to provide superb information and knowledge to the world. Like Wikipedia, Atlantic Community connects experts and citizens to create a public forum for the spread of knowledge and ideas. While Wikipedia prides itself on being a neutral source for learning about the world, Atlantic Community presents a variety of perspectives as well as develops solutions to issues in foreign policy.

Jimmy Wales is optimistic that citizens can not only create a top encyclopedia, but also collaborate online on finding solutions to global problems, like UN reform. Atlantic-community.org hopes to be the citizen's think tank for this endeavor. Wales commented how essential it is to have networks that allow people to connect with one another, “Having communities where people are working on solutions in a thoughtful, respectful, and responsible way is very important.”

It is important to incorporate the entire spectrum of opinions in online communities, not just the extreme views. He noted that often the loudest and most obnoxious voices are the ones that get heard, which deters less radical individuals from joining the conversation.

The key is to reach a balance between total anarchy and over-moderation in online discussion forums. There also need to be ground rules for debate that include respecting others and refraining from personal attacks.

The power of collective intelligence will be seen more and more as people find innovative approaches to use technology to find solutions to the world’s problems. Wales points out that, “The greatest software in the world doesn’t work unless you have certain moral standards and norms within the community.” He concludes, “We always want to focus on the future and how to make things better.”

Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia and Chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation. The organization hopes to build upon its charitable work by improving its service in languages that are found in the developing world. Wales also runs the Wikia organization, a network of Wikis, which expanded its European reach last month after acquiring Germany’s largest Wiki, “Website Wiki.”

This interview was conducted by Joerg Wolf, Editor-in-Chief of atlantic-community.org, at the DLD Conference in Munich on January 24, 2010.

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February 27, 2010

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I personally used to have ample respect for Wikipedia but since I noticed that there are articles under a heading like "Armenian Genocide" for which there is no documentary historical proof except some groundless rumours + irresposible legislations, I had to have reservations about the credibility of this online encyclopedia.

If it is that Jimmy Wales has been suggesting a world governence based on such doggerel information, then the only thing I can say in response to his hopes is : "Good Luck to Mankind!!!"

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Mustafa
 
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February 27, 2010

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@ Mustafa,

you sound like a typical Turkish nationalist who is too ashamped to face the truth.

Turkey would have better relations with the EU and the United States, if it would just accept the conclusion by leading historians that it was a genocide.

Not just Wikipedia, but plenty of governments describe the events of 1915 as a genocide:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recognition_of_the_Armenian_Genocide#P...

 
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February 27, 2010

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@Matthias,

You sound like a typical men on the streets.

My position as well as the Turkish Government’s position is that any historian should be allowed to do research in all the related national archives on 1915 incidents.

What we get as a response is that some countries desperately refuse this proposition incomprehensively may be because they desperarately prefer to cover up their groundless propaganda.

Whether I am a Turkish nationalist or a man on the street, I choose to believe the properly done historical research by the Turkish & other scholars:

Their research shows, supported by official documents from the archives, that there were mutual massacres initiated by the Armenians and both sides suffered gravely with the Turks being hurt more because the Armenians were backed up by invading powers at the time.

Why do you refuse to rely on the real archives to face the reality as it is but prefer to go by online encyclopedia’s or books full of rumours or stories on such very serious discussions? Do you have any idea at all?

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Mustafa
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March 1, 2010

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@Matthias,

I glanced through the link you recommended to me as related to the Armenian Issue of 1915: It looks like a list of "irresponsible" political legislations!!! I rightfully call them "irresponsible" because they are not based on any scholarly proof supported by real documents from the relevant archives:(:(:(

If you care to see the light on the Armenian Issue -obviously not a genocide: I advise you to check with the link below where you can reach documents on this issue resulting in mutually grave & unfotunate incidents:

http://www.ermenisorunu.gen.tr/english/intro/index.html

Please note that this website supported by the Turkish Historical Foundation as well and published in 4 languages: Turkish, French, German and English.

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Mustafa
 
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@ Jimmy Wales,

I am not alone in disregarding the so called ‘free online encyclopedia: Wikipedia.’

An eminent academician as well complains about your work explaining why he dislikes Wikipedia at some length: Apparently there are some malfunctioning links at your website causing frustration because they are related somehow (!?) to critical and controversial matters related to Global Politics.

Even such tiny neglects may result in radically ill advising the worldwide public opinion because your website is claimed to be among the 10 most visited links in the internet.

I hope you pay prompt attention to this matter with due diligence to get it fixed?

The complaint by this academician as translated to English from the link is given below:

http://www.tatliaskim.com/teknoloji/120406-vikipedide-cifte-standar...

“Double Standard at Wikipedia

At English version of the Wikipedia which defines itself as “free encyclopedia”, the lies about so called Armenian genocide can not be changed.

Double Standard at Wikipedia

The site Chairman of the Association of Struggle Against Groundless Thesis about Genocide, (ASIMED), Associated Professor Savaş Eğilmez, reacted to the presence of Armenian Genocide lies and not giving any chance to any addition or amendment to them at the English version of the wikipedia that is called as free encyclopedia and has millions of users and said : “We started an electronic mail campaign to get addition or amendment authorization to the users about the Armenian lies on the site”.

At the explanation to the reporter of Anatolian Agency (AA), the Academic Member of the Atatürk University, Faculty of Science and Letters, and The Chairmen of ASIMED, Associated Professor Savaş Eğilmez by taking attention to its giving chance to any person who has a computer with a communication the internet to add, remove and edit all pages that is the most typical characteristic of the Wikipedia which makes it a different encyclopedia because of its being cooperatively edited, said that “When you make a search about the genocide lies, the most visited English version of the site which has been published various languages, you see a situation that is totally against the Wikipedia principles. While all articles of the Armenian Issue consist of the thesis of the Diaspora, there is not any room for the Turkish thesis. Even the references part contains only the contexts composed of fabulated information which defends only the ‘ so called genocide’ departs from its own principles
Eğilmez who explains the basic principle of the site as giving internet users the chance of adding, removing or editing information about any topic takes the attentions to the totally misinforming the millions of English service visiting users about the Armenian Matter and says that “While the site that has millions of users all over the world provides its users with adding, removing or editing information about all of the topics, it does not provide this chance to the topics about Armenian lies. You can not make any addition or edition to the Armenian lies. The site supplies its users just with the thesis of Armenian Diaspora. This is a very gross injury to The Turkish Nation.”

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Eğilmez who announces the electronic mail campaign against this gross injury stated that “In order to protest for not giving authorization to edit the articles that contain Armenian lies we started to send mails to editors of the site (wikien-l@lists.wikimedia.org). We want our citizens to support us about this matter.”
 
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November 22, 2010

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Going back to the basic points of the article, I agree that Wikipedia is a very innovative way to bring the knowledge of people from all around the world to one central platform. I personally enjoy using the site when I need basic information about any random fact that I do not have the time to read a full book about. Given that Wikipedia is a continuous global work in progress, and even though not all the information presented is 100% accurate, we still must give credit for the mere fact that this sites provides a platform for such topics to be shared, edited and improved upon by anyone who wishes to.

Atlantic Community is also a very innovative way for people to learn about global issues, read other's opinion and share your own based on your experiences, affiliations or just general knowledge on any given topic. Having a global audience in one place with the ability to respectfully debate and comment on current issues is a one of the best ways to instill cross cultural understanding.
 
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Thing is, Jimmy Wales wasn't "founder" of Wikipedia. That's a big lie he cooked up about three years after his company stopped paying the actual founder (Dr. Larry Sanger) to manage the project.
 

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