Shane Greenstein on bias in Wikipedia articles

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March 11, 2014 · 1 comment

Shane Greenstein, Kellogg Chair in Information Technology at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, discusses his recent paper, Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View: The Case of Wikipedia, coauthored by Harvard assistant professor Feng Zhu. Greenstein and Zhu’s paper takes a look at whether Linus’ Law applies to Wikipedia articles. Do Wikipedia articles have a slant or bias? If so, how can we measure it? And, do articles become less biased over time, as more contributors become involved? Greenstein explains his findings.

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  • Dan Fitzgerald

    I am a contributor to Wikipedia and if there is a bias it is that Wiki editors have a love for being Wikipedians. Internally, it’s hardly more than mob rule and the loudest voices usually win.