The Wikipedia : experts, expertise and ethical challenges

Lichtenstein, Sharman 2008, The Wikipedia : experts, expertise and ethical challenges, in AiCE 2008 : proceedings of the fifth Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic., pp. 112-118.

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Title The Wikipedia : experts, expertise and ethical challenges
Author(s) Lichtenstein, Sharman
Conference name Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference (5th : 2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 11 February 2008
Title of proceedings AiCE 2008 : proceedings of the fifth Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference
Editor(s) Warren, Matthew
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference
Start page 112
End page 118
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Keyword(s) Wikipedia
experts
expertise
knowledge
information ethics
Summary Participatory models are replacing the traditional models of experts and expertise that are based on individuals, their credentials and domain experience. The Wikipedia is a well-known and popular online encyclopedia, built, edited and administrated by lay citizens rather than traditional experts. It
utilises a Web-based participatory model of experts and expertise to enable knowledge contributions and provide administration. While much has been written about the Wikipedia and its merits and pitfalls, there are important ethical challenges stemming from the underlying Wikipedia model. Ethical concerns are likely to be important to Wikipedia users, however as yet, such
concerns have not been systematically explored. By reviewing and synthesising existing literature, this paper identifies six key ethical challenges for existing and potential Wikipedia users, stemming
from the underlying Web-based participatory model of experts and expertise. Important implications arising from the findings are also discussed.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9781741561005
Language eng
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, Sharman Lichtenstein
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