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Wikipedia's Open Content Doublespeak


In 1995, software developer Howard ("Ward") Cunningham created the first "wiki" and named it "WikiWikiWeb." A wiki is an open source website or page on which content is written and updated by users. The name came from the Hawaiian word for "quick," the idea being that pages could be generated quickly to expedite the exchange of ideas. In 2001, internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales and philosophy professor Larry Sanger applied the concept to launch Wikipedia as a free, open-content encyclopedia. Sanger left in 2002, expressing criticism of the site's accuracy and credibility.

In 2003, Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) as a nonprofit to house and...


 is Deputy Editor of Salvo and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #45, Summer 2018 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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