Keeping Truth Alive In A World Of Anonymous Wikipedia Edits

Meghan Sali | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Meghan Sali

One frontline in the battle over facts is playing out in the public arena of Wikipedia, where history is catalogued in real-time and where each of us have the opportunity to act as historians, contributing to editorial decisions. But what happens when government officials take to the web to edit this public resource? And what are the implications of allowing elected officials and bureaucrats to shape the narrative -- often without the knowledge of the public?

The Only Good Thing To Come From Donald Trump

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Let's face it. The guy's a pig. A pig who thinks that when you're a "star," it's okay to grope women and kiss them without their consent, that it's not sexual assault. Wrong. But there may be one faint silver lining from all this -- and naturally, it has nothing to do with Trump himself.

My Copy Of 'Lost Horizon' Is Starting To Show Signs Of Wear And Tear

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

I first read Lost Horizon back in grade school. Don't make me tell you how long ago that was. In those days, we were given a required reading list at the very beginning of the school year. And each time we finished a book we had to hand in a review. All the books were available at the school library.

Wikipedia 'Edit-A-Thons' Take Aim At The Site's Massive Gender Gap

CP | Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2016 | Canada

When it comes to articles about women, even Wikipedia admits it falls short.

Toronto's First Punk Band, The Viletone's - Final Performance December 13, 2013

Susan Ponting | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Susan Ponting

A Personal Perspective | Music Review -- The Viletones - Friday December 13, 2013 @The Phoenix Concert Theatre It was Friday the 13th and 13 below ...

Three Predictions About the Internet That (Kind of) Came to Pass

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

In this era of Big Data, three visions of the future of the Internet have crystallized. Depending on which vision emerges as correct will impact knowledge-generation forever. There's the Zuckerberg Vision, the Tim Berners-Lee Vision and the Jimmy Wales Vision.

Wikipedia Cuts on the Bias

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I admire Wikipedia -- always have -- but how do the official gardeners at Wikipedia respond when they have a snake in their grass? In my case, a biased commenter is still an editor in good standing, but the people who pointed out his fraudulence have been mostly banned.

Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom

Jonathan Obar | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Living
Jonathan Obar

Wikipedia remains misunderstood because many educators have yet to recognize the distinction between Wikipedia as a tool for teaching and Wikipedia as a tool for research. Unfortunately, fear of the latter has blinded most to the possibilities of the former. I believe Wikipedia to be an effective tool for both.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica Ends, but it Gave Me my Start

Natasha Rudnick | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada
Natasha Rudnick

Our family's set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica represented wealth and status -- an investment in knowledge. For my father, they meant my brother and I would take a career path that led far away from the long hours that my paternal grandmother spent sewing fur pelts together in a basement in order to support her family as a single mother.

Black Wednesday: In Protest of SOPA, Darken the Web

Michael Geist | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

Some of the Internet's leading websites, including Wikipedia and Mozilla, will go dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The U.S. bills have generated massive public protest over proposed provisions that could cause enormous harm to the Internet and freedom of speech.

Google Asks Canadians To Update Google Maps

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - Google is taking inspiration from Wikipedia and inviting Canadians to scan Google Maps in their hometowns and make improvements where needed...