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TechScape: When Wikipedia fiction becomes real life fact
In this week’s newsletter: how a madeup backstory for a crisp mascot became accepted fact, and why it proves the internet doesn’t just reflect reality – it can alter it too

Alex Hern

30, Mar, 2022 @10:45 AM

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The week in audio: Life Sentence; A Mother Tongue; dot com: The Wikipedia Story and more
Every minute counts in a sound-rich climate crisis drama; Axel Kacoutié speaks everybody’s language; and on the trail of Wikipedia nerds with Katie Puckrik

Miranda Sawyer

20, Nov, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Richard Desmond in legal battle with Wikipedia over term ‘pornographer’
Former owner of Asian Babes and Readers’ Wives has hired lawyers to demand Wikipedia remove word from bio

Jim Waterson Media editor

05, Nov, 2021 @12:55 PM

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Facebook and Twitter should use volunteer moderators, says Wikipedia founder
Jimmy Wales says social media companies should follow the digital encyclopedia’s approach

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

23, Sep, 2021 @6:48 PM

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Neurocracy: futuristic murder-mystery fiction as told through Wikipedia
This experimental game is a network of near-future science-fiction stories, connected by a central mystery

Sarah Maria Griffin

16, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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There are 11,656 athletes at the Olympics. Guy Fraser wanted them all on Wikipedia
Fans across the world enjoy complementing their Olympic viewing with some research. We meet the man who wants everyone’s story told

Joan Niesen

01, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The most surprisingly contentious subject? Toilet roll orientation | Arwa Mahdawi
Under or over is clearly utterly unimportant, yet the choice has inspired an extensive Wikipedia entry, viral videos and record-breaking outcries, writes Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

14, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Wikipedia at 20: last gasp of an internet vision, or a beacon to a better future?
The naysayers said the user-written encyclopedia would never work. Now it boasts 55m articles and 1.7bn visitors a month

Alex Hern UK technology editor

15, Jan, 2021 @3:34 PM

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Wikipedia edits have massive impact on tourism, say economists
Adding a few paragraphs and photos can boost revenue by £100,000 for small cities

Alex Hern Technology editor

18, Sep, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Shock an aw: US teenager wrote huge slice of Scots Wikipedia
Nineteen-year-old says he is ‘devastated’ after being accused of cultural vandalism

Libby Brooks and Alex Hern

26, Aug, 2020 @4:05 PM

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Turkey's Wikipedia block violates human rights, high court rules
Two-year-old ban contravenes of freedom of expression, say justices

Bethan McKernan Turkey correspondent

26, Dec, 2019 @2:40 PM

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Making the edit: why we need more women in Wikipedia
Women make up 15-20% of the editors on Wikipedia. Katherine Maher, who heads up its parent organisation, discusses how she is creating a more gender-balanced community

Oliver Balch

28, Nov, 2019 @4:21 PM

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