Think of wiki, and most people automatically add -pedia. The popular understanding of Wikipedia is of this somewhat controversial source of information that is both deep and unreliable, where a few people do the work and everyone else benefits. Of interest recently is how age and acceptance is changing both the perception and activity around Wikipedia.
This morning in Montreal, WikiSym 2007 kicked off without me. Funding, academic workload, and the bizarre coordination of American train schedules kept me from the trip north. I am most sad about missing a full day today of Open Spaces, an unconference within a conference. However, I will still get to participate in a political wiki panel with Michael Pilling and Kate Raynes-Goldie Tuesday morning, and I’m confident someone will provide updates through Twitter. In the next few posts today, I’ll talk about the biggest wiki—Wikipedia— and recent developments in the world of wiki. Specifically, I’m interested in use of wikis for politics.