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In this bonus episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, I interview Jimmy Wales, the cofounder of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a rare survivor from the Internet Hippie Age, coexisting like a great herbivorous dinosaur with Facebook, Twitter, and the other carnivorous mammals of Web 2.0. Perhaps not coincidentally, Jimmy is the most prominent founder of a massive internet institution not to become a billionaire. We explore why that is, and how he feels about it.
I ask Jimmy whether Wikipedia’s model is sustainable, and what new challenges lie ahead for the online encyclopedia. We explore the claim that Wikipedia has a lefty bias, whether a neutral point of view can be maintained by including only material from trusted sources, and I ask Jimmy about a concrete, and in my view weirdly biased, entry in Wikipedia on “Communism.”
We close with an exploration of the opportunities and risks posed for Wikipedia from ChatGPT and other large language AI models.
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