New me­dia founder talks fake news, need for neu­tral­ity

As tra­di­tional out­lets de­cline, Wikipedia has stepped up to fill the gap: Wales

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says the free on­line en­cy­clo­pe­dia has emerged as a trusted source of in­for­ma­tion in an era of fake news.

Wales says that as tra­di­tional me­dia out­lets have de­clined and lost the trust of the pub­lic, Wikipedia has stepped up to fill the gap.

His com­ments were made this morn­ing in Montreal dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion at the open­ing of the an­nual Wiki­ma­nia con­fer­ence.

The three-day con­fer­ence is gath­er­ing about 1,000 peo­ple for a se­ries of train­ing ses­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops that fo­cus on the fu­ture of free knowl­edge projects.

The dis­cus­sion also touched on the en­cy­clo­pe­dia’s ef­forts to com­bat ha­rass­ment, im­prove di­ver­sity and stay neu­tral in the par­ti­san on­line world.

Wales has also launched a sep­a­rate crowd-funded news web­site that is pro­duced by a team of jour­nal­ists and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.


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