Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites on the Internet and has a large following of users who rely on its information. But the question remains, is Wikipedia’s information unbiased? Can users rely on Wikipedia’s community of contributors and administrators to control bias in the content? For the most popular and controversial topics in politics, is it true that, given enough “eyeballs” and time, bias disappears?
On October 21, 2013, Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet welcomed Professor Shane Greenstein of Northwestern University, author of Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View: The Case of Wikipedia.
Shane Greenstein is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he serves as the Kellogg Chair of Information Technology. In addition, Greenstein is co-director of the program on the economics of digitization at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a member of the Open Internet Access Committee, which advises the FCC.
Hudson Senior Fellow Harold Furchtgott-Roth moderated the discussion and question-and-answer session that followed Professor Greenstein’s presentation.