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A tale of information ethics and encyclopædias; or, is Wikipedia just another internet scam?

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ This paper seeks to look at the question of accuracy of content regarding Wikipedia and other internet encyclopædias. Design/methodology/approach ‐ By looking at other sources, the paper considers whether the information contained within Wikipedia can be relied on to be accurate. FindingsWikipedia poses as an encyclopædia when by no stretch of the definition can it be termed such; therefore, it should be subject to regulation. Originality/value ‐ The paper highlights the issue that, without regulation, content cannot be relied on to be accurate.

Keywords: Accuracy; Encyclopaedias; Internet; Regulation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520710773050

Publication date: 2007-06-26

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