Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Reply to Slashdot about my report to the FBI

On April 7, I posted the text of a report I made to the FBI to the EDTECH mailing list, in which I stated that, in my opinion, the Wikimedia Foundation may knowingly have posted "child pornography," by which I meant "obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children."  In short, the…

Should Science Communication Be Collaborative?

Plenary address at PCST-10 (10th conference of the International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology), Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, June 25, 2008.  A slightly abbreviated version of this was delivered. I. The question, and some distinctions Should science communication be…

A Defense of Modest Real Name Requirements

Lunchtime speech at the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 13th Annual Symposium: Altered Identities, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 13, 2008. I. Introduction Let me say up front, for the benefit of privacy advocates, that I agree entirely that it is possible to have an…

Citizendium: A New Vision for Online Knowledge Communities

Speech delivered at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Feb. 7, 2008, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series, "Wikipedia - Democratization of Knowledge or Triumph of Amateurs," hosted by Marshall Poe. Contents Familiar territory The problem of quality and…

How the Internet Is Changing What We (Think We) Know

A speech for "the locals"--Upper Arlington Public Library, January 23, 2008.  This is a more general discussion; the Citizendium is not mentioned once. Information is easy, knowledge is difficult There is a mind-boggling amount of information online. And this is a wonderful thing. I’m serious about…

An explanation of the Citizendium license

Preliminary notes (please read): Purpose: this long essay explains in depth why we have chosen CC-by-sa as the license for our own original collaborative content. Summary: this probably isn't an easy read. You can skip ahead to the license decision, and here is asummary of the reasoning behind……

The Citizendium one year on: a strong start and an amazing future

Contents: Debunking some myths What we have demonstrated in our first year Our new initiatives Short-term plans Longer-term plans The coming explosion of growth Essential reading in bold above. A possibility you may not have considered It's been exactly one year since work on the…

The New Politics of Knowledge

Speech delivered at the Jefferson Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, November 9, 2007, and at the Institute of European Affairs, Dublin, Ireland, September 28, 2007, as the inaugural talk for the IEA's "Our Digital Futures" program. I want to begin by asking a question that…

What Strong Collaboration Means for Scholarly Publishing

Keynote delivered at the Annual Meeting, Society for Scholarly Publishing, "Imagining the Future: Scholarly Communication 2.0," San Francisco, California, June 7, 2007. When I was asked to speak to you, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, I have to admit that I found this puzzling, because I…

Why the Citizendium Will (Probably) Succeed

This essay argues that the Citizendium is feasible.  The wiki is in public view, or will be within a few days.  You can join now. 1. So far, so good. The Citizendium pilot project wiki got under way privately at the start of last November.  In the intervening months, we have steadily grown…