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Omer Benjakob / WIRED UK:
A vicious culture war is taking place via edit wars on Wikipedia in India, exploiting and aggravating religious tensions in the context of COVID-19   —  Edit-warring was already common as India descended into political polarisation.  Then along came Covid-19
Nov 7, 2020, 1:55 AMIn context
Noam Cohen / Wired:
Last week, Wikipedia expanded measures to protect its main 2020 election page, including suspending edits from new editors until after the election   —  The encyclopedia is determined to emerge from the insanity of a pandemic and a polarizing election with its information and reputation intact.
Oct 27, 2020, 9:30 AMIn context
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
WHO grants Wikipedia free use of its published data, allowing it to be reposted widely in almost 200 languages and starting with COVID-19 information   —  The health agency will license much of its material to the online encyclopedia, allowing the information to be reposted widely into almost 200 languages.
Oct 22, 2020, 3:35 PMIn context
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
The Wikipedia page of a Bollywood star has become an internet battleground as editors dispute if it should reflect conspiracy theories about his cause of death   —  When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, her Wikipedia article rocketed to the top of the “Top 25 Report …
Oct 10, 2020, 12:45 PMIn context
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Most of Scots Wikipedia appears to be written by an American attempting a Scottish accent, not Scots, Scotland's official language; the user has 23K+ articles   —  Scots is an official language of Scotland.  An administrator of the Scots Wikipedia page is an American who doesn't speak Scots …
Aug 26, 2020, 2:10 PMIn context
Stephen Harrison / Slate:
Jun 14, 2020, 1:55 AMIn context
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
OpenAI launches its first commercially available product, an API that can perform a broad set of language tasks, like translation or writing a news story   —  Over the past few months, OpenAI has vacuumed an incredible amount of data into its artificial intelligence language systems.
Jun 11, 2020, 1:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is testing an updated version of Search that displays information panels with publicly available data, including from Wikipedia   —  Facebook is testing a new feature that aims to keep users inside its platform when they're looking for factual information they would otherwise turn to Google or Wikipedia to find.
Jun 11, 2020, 1:00 PMIn context
Gretchen McCulloch / Wired:
The pandemic presents the biggest language translation challenge for COVID-19 info, as Wikipedia supports 309 languages, Google Translate 109, and Bing 71   —  Services like Google Translate only support 100 languages, give or take.  What about the thousands of other languages—spoken by people just as vulnerable to this crisis?
Jun 2, 2020, 7:55 AMIn context
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Wikimedia's board votes to adopt a formal moderation process, with policies drafted by the end of 2020, to deal with harassment and other “toxic” behavior   —  Trustees say it hasn't done enough to stop abuse  —  Wikipedia plans to crack down on harassment and other “toxic” behavior with a new code of conduct.
May 25, 2020, 10:00 AMIn context

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