Published Writings

Why Neutrality?” Ballotpedia, Dec. 30, 2015. I invented and articulated Wikipedia’s “NPOV” neutrality policy. This is my summa on the subject: Why education, reference, and news should be delivered from a neutral point of view.

Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age,” EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, March/April 2010. Invited piece, was made the cover article. Widely cited and taught in university courses.

“Can we trust what we read on the internet?” (invited column) BBC Focus, June 2009, p. 12.  Later reprinted in BBC Knowledge, Sept./Oct. 2009.  A quotation from this was “Quote of the Day” in for Oct. 12, 2009, not that I’m especially proud of that or anything (“I do not trust what I ingest on the internet because I know how the digital sausage is made”).

The Fate of Expertise after Wikipedia,” Episteme 6 (2009): 52-73.  In a special issue mainly about Wikipedia, called “The Epistemology of Mass Collaboration,” which I helped to organize.

Response to Mike Brown, Stuart Kauffman, Zoe-Vonna Palmrose and Lee Smolin, “Can Science Help Solve the Economic Crisis?” Edge. December 9, 2008.

Two related pieces: “A Defense of Tolstoy & the Individual Thinker: A Reply to Clay Shirky,” July 18, 2008, and “The Internet and the Future of Civilization,” July 30, 2008, Britannica Blog.

Response to Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Edge. July 11, 2008.

“The Future of Free Information.”  In The Macau Ricci Institute, ed. History and Memory: Present Reflections on the Past to Build Our Future. Macau Ricci Institute, 2008.  An earlier version of “The Future of Free Information.”

Review: The Cult of the Amateur, New Scientist, Issue 2612, July 14, 2007. Personal copy (differs slightly from published version).

Education 2.0.” The Focus.  Appeared online June 2007, published in print a few months earlier.

Who says we know: on the new politics of knowledge.” Edge, April 2007.  With responses by Jaron Lanier, George Dyson, Gloria Origgi, and Charles Leadbeater.

Humanity’s Coming EnlightenmentEdge 10th Anniversary Annual Question.  Reprinted in The Independent newspaper as well as What Are You Optimistic About? Today’s Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better, ed. John Brockman (Harper, 2007).

The Future of Free InformationThe Digital Universe Journal. 2006.

Response to Jaron Lanier’s “Digital Maoism”. Edge 183.  May 30, 2006.

“The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia: A Memoir.” In Open Sources 2.0, ed. DiBona, Cooper, and Stone.  O’Reilly, 2005. Pre-published in, Apr. 2005.

“Why Collaborative Free Works Should Be Protected by the Law.”  In Adam Moore, ed., Information Ethics: Privacy, Property, and Power. University of Washington Press, 2005.