Wikipedia as a system for Acoustic Separation

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Wikipedia as a system for Acoustic Separation

Presenter Ayelet Oz
Themes Academic
About the presenter
Ayelet Oz holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she studied online collaboration under the supervision of Professor Yochai Benkler and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Prior to her studies at Harvard, Ayelet served as clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and worked as a criminal defense attorney at the Israeli Public Defender's Office.
Abstract

The presentation will focus on mechanisms used by Wikipedia to present two distinct images of itself to different audiences by using what is referred to in the legal literature as 'acoustic separation'. Using these mechanisms, embedded in the infra-structure of the Wiki software, Wikipedia can present itself to new editors as free, equal and fair, while at the same time allowing administrators to execute wide discretion and use sanctions in an authoritative manner.

Language English
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