Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has been used as a major learning tool for many people across the world for 20 years now, assisting the lives of not only students but also eager learners that enjoy its free access.
The site has created a community that allows for anyone to contribute information and resources to its millions of pages, with each new contributor either adding or correcting another’s work. Wikipedia has also been able to do better than other platforms in terms of combating false information, correcting articles they deem as “vandalized” within 5 minutes of it being published according to their parent company the Wikimedia Foundation.
Despite the website’s attempts to get as balanced of a perspective as possible there have been issues, the site even has a page dedicated to its major criticisms, raising issues such as factual reliability and systemic bias. One statistic that critics have used is from a recent Wikimedia survey, citing that 87% of its contributors identify as males.
Today on AirTalk, we discuss Wikipedia’s influence on the internet over the past 20 years and going forward. Are you someone who contributes to Wikipedia? Do you see it as a powerful educational tool or something else? We want to hear from you, call us at 866-893-5722.
Heather Kelly, technology reporter for the Washington Post and author of the recent piece, “On its 20th birthday, Wikipedia might be the safest place online”; she tweets @heatherkelly