By Michel Bauwens (published by me as he had dodgy adsl connection in Thailand this morning)
Seth Finkelstein brings to the attention of his readers, an
interesting case at the Wikipedia, which concerns the efforts by
Florence Devouard (handle: “Anthere”), Chair of the Board of Trustees
of the Wikimedia Foundation, to change the content of the page for
Wikia, the (commercial) search engine project.
A few thoughts:
The short of it is that she did NOT succeed in changing the page,
despite the fact that she is the chair of the Foundation, which in the
context of peer governance by the editors themselves, might be a good
thing. However, if she is right, the problem is that her intervention
is refused, because of stated conflict of interest. That a person
directly involved in the matter, say the subject of a biographical
entry, cannot correct a mistake, is a huge problem.
What the incident shows perhaps, is that it is a battle of wills
between the entrenched editors, which are judge and jury, and that
there seems no procedure, for her to get a hearing.