Framing the Net

Framing the Net

The Internet and Human Rights

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

This important book examines how human rights are being applied in the digital era. The focus on ‘internet freedoms’ and ‘internet rights’ has risen considerably in recent years, and in July 2012 the first resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet was adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Chapter 9: Wikipedia as a platform for community life and collaboration

Rikke Frank Jørgensen

Subjects: law - academic, internet and technology law, politics and public policy, human rights


Over recent years several scholars have referred to Wikipedia as an example of the free culture of the internet due to its open and participatory format (Lessig 2004; Benkler 2006; Sunstein 2006; Zittrain 2009). Scholars have also suggested that the ‘success’ of Wikipedia testifies to the power of norms such as openness and sharing, and that Wikipedia represents a ‘public expression of trust’.1 With this in mind, the German Wikipedia community is next examined, specifically Wikipedians from the Berlin-based community.2 The English Wikipedia is included as a point of reference due to its special status as Wikipedia founder, and since many of the principles and guidelines derive from the English Wikipedia.

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