[Air-l] Wikipedia and defamation: Man Apologizes After Fake Wikipedia Post
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Mon Dec 12 08:38:20 PST 2005
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Ken Friedman wrote:
>Barry puts his finger on the issue that bothers me here. I agree with most
>of the posts on scholarly and theoretical issues, and certainly the posts
>on pedagogical issues.
>My strong stand on this case is simple. There seems to be no good way
>to correct seriously damaging information in a swift, rapid manner.
>My goal is to see some clear action taken that will enable this kind of
>information to be caught and corrected without the kind of lengthy
>process Seigenthaler's correction took, and I want to see it done in a
>way that allows for rapid flow-through correction to the sites and
>services that use Wikipedia.
>In that sense, you can consider this a kind of stubborn "sit-in" or a
>As to the rest of it, I agree, and I spend a great deal of time on many of
>these issues -- at least to the degree possible in courses that sometimes
>seem to have more required content than the semester allows while
>students are also overloaded with cases and projects in other courses
>that militate against the reflective, critical thinking many of us encourage.
>Barry Wellman wrote:
>the current AOIR debate about Wikipedia highlights another problem.
>It is quite easy to make legally defamatory statements on Wikipedia.
>Normally, the remedy is a law suit for civil damages.
>But if the author is anonymous, whom does one sue?
>And yes, I know that defamation law suits are expensive and hard to do.
>But at least the legal remedy is there in principle -- when the author is
>known. But the Wikipedia approach is like someone flooding the mail with
>anonymous defamatory photocopies.
Dr. Frank Thomas
FTR Internet Research
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