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Wikipedia and Turkey

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The first time Wikipedia made the news in Turkey was when its founder Jimmy Wales came to Turkey for a keynote speech back in 2008. He was invited by the company Altivi. Almost all media outlets covered his speech because Wikipedia symbolized the start of a new age where information would never again be centralized. 2008 was also the year when there were more entries in Wikipedia than Encyclopedia Britannica, while sales of encyclopedias fell sharply.

Wales spoke about how he founded Wikipedia. He said the key notion that lies at the heart of Wikipedia was trust, noting that he generally trusted people and voicing his belief that the good in people will always beat the evil. That’s why he said he would never directly dictate what is written in Wikipedia.

Indeed, the way Wikipedia is designed depends on the collective consciousness of its writers and editors. Anyone can edit any article as long as his/her peers also agree on the changes. Wales said the articles that are changed constantly are the ones about political disputes, giving the example of the article about the American Civil War which has been changed hundreds of times.........

© Hürriyet Daily News