Wikipedia editors may approve all changes

The Guardian reports that Wikipedia is considering a fundamental shift in editorial policy. Wikipedia was built on an 'open source' editorial model which, though it has been tweaked over the years, still remains essentially open. Jimmy Wales is now proposing that all changes may need to be reviewed by Wikipedia editors. Personally speaking, I think that Wikipedia needs to stay as open as is possible and resist the urge to close its doors every time someone takes a shot at it for inaccuracy. I accept that tightening some of the editorial controls is probably necessary, however, if by doing ...

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What happens to our digital identities when we die?

In an interesting post for IXDA, Andy Polaine asks what happens to our digital identities when we die. The first time I considered this kind of question was some time in the mid 1980s when they got rid of the Ms. Pacman machine from the local arcade. I was fifth on the all-time high score board - don't be too impressed, I only played it because no one else did and it was my only chance of getting a high score on any of the machines. Anyway, I asked the surly, chain-smoking change woman what happened to the Ms. Pacman machine. She muttered something about them moving unpopular machines ar...

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