Katherine Maher – Why Being a Nonprofit Makes Wikipedia Better | The Daily Social Distancing Show

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Published on April 14, 2021

Wikimedia Foundation CEO Katherine Maher discusses how the Wikipedia community is addressing racial and gender disparity, and how trust and reliability have grown in its 20-year history. #DailyShow #TrevorNoah #KatherineMaher

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  • Travis M 6 months ago

    Wikipedia is insidious. They like to sprinkle their hatred in between the facts. One example: Ada Lovelace – One of the few women honored in computer science, and the first human to write a computer program. On Wikipedia, there’s a section dedicated to ‘Well, she wasn’t intelligent/educated enough to have done the things she’s been remembered for, a man secretly did it for her.’ Pick any subject, there’s always some discredited expert they can pull their lies from to sow a little corruption.

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  • Brian Kenison 6 months ago

    jonathan pentland columbia south carolina
    Come on people we need to do something about this

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  • Kirk Gipe 6 months ago

    The Library at Alexandria, the warehouse of all mans knowledge is now housed at Wikipedia. Let’s keep it free.

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  • A P 6 months ago

    Trevor’s fan base can read????

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  • Lance Flair 6 months ago

    Wikipedia has so many mistakes in it that it is not acceptable as a credible source – don’t depict it like it is.
    It is just a joke. By the way check out the Wikipedia article on “viola jokes”.
    I also recommend the article for “rope”.

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  • Fauler Perfektionist 6 months ago

    “Why Being a Nonprofit Makes Wikipedia Better”
    I mean, maybe, but I still miss the quality of information I could get through Encarta. It was not _nearly_ as abundant, but it was _so_ much better.

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  • MLG GAMER 6 months ago

    I remember coming from a time where for school reports you couldn’t cite Wikipedia as a source in your bibliography so I always thought that “Oh it was just unreliable due to many people putting their input of information or whatever” I’m not sure if in schools that’s changed especially in my country but I noticed that is increasingly becoming more reliable. So times are indeed changing

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  • Power 53 6 months ago

    Great Interview

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  • Rex Racer 6 months ago

    Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, she’s leaving Wikipedia tomorrow: _”She has announced her intention to step down from her position on April 15, 2021.”_

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  • Cecilia Rivera 6 months ago

    CORRUPT INCOMPETENT DEMOCRATS JUST TALK NOT ACTIONS TO DISTRACT SOME NAIVE USA.CITIZENS. CORRUPT INCOMPETENT CRIMINAL DEMOCRAT AS NORMA TORRES DEMOCRAT CONGRESS FROM 35 DISTRIC FROM CALIFORNIA IS TRYING TO DESTROYED A GREAT PRESIDENT OF SANSALVADOR BUKELE WITH LIES. TORRES IS USING TAX PAYERS CORRUPT FBI TO INTIMIDATE A PRESIDENT WHO EXPOSED CORRUPT CRIMINALS POLITICS IN CENTRAL AMERICA. TORRES NEEDS TO PUT IN JAIL. https://www.facebook.com/tecnoboca/videos/925649304954855/

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  • Mahrukh Alam 6 months ago

    In India, Right wing people say Wikipedia is left inclined.

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  • Reggie8 6 months ago

    Donations have been awaiting Georgians and the baseball team is now leaving the state

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  • Reggie8 6 months ago

    Trump has caused the internet trolls to gain confidence!! Down with trump!

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  • Reggie8 6 months ago

    Please do not let the rock run for President!!

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  • A P 6 months ago

    Bill Maher (king liberal) – “covid was made in a Wuhan lab”

    Those days Trump supporters, right????

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  • T. v.d. Venne 6 months ago

    Really wikipefia protects the truth.???
    Shame on you Trevor.
    Bulkshit

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  • Tanya Walters 6 months ago

    I think its great that they are not for profit however in school my daughter is not to use their site because it can be edited. At one time how our city got its name on Wikipedia was a lie/incorrect. I should check it and see if its been updated to correct info

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  • Shanilla Abdul 6 months ago

    Was an early contributer, for a longer time donated every year. But then they went off with cencorship and policing whats written about ppl that they seem to think has the right opinion.
    Still use it as a recource for more “hard sciency stuff”, in lack of better words. But as long as a few scammers are untouchable and information of the scams are quickly removed i have no interest of supporting them.

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  • Just Another Old Guy 6 months ago

    Wikipedia was taken over by corporate interests and radical right wingers/libertarians long ago. Anything (actual) left wing/socialist has been scrubbed. Much of it now is pure propaganda.

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  • Ingore 6 months ago

    “How did Wikipedia become such a trusted source of info?”
    Teachers: FAKE NEWS LIESSS!!!!

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  • Maitri The Monk 6 months ago

    So nice. Great show, brother Trevor.

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  • Maitri The Monk 6 months ago

    I love when I can see Trevor Noah smile. It really makes my day. Her smile is beautiful too. So great to see two noble and humble people (Suddhas/Buddhas) smile for all of us to benefit. Thank you for this Trevor. Blessings. -Maitri

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  • Mara 6 months ago

    It is great for math and physics at higher levels, especially. Most people don’t bother to try to edit those pages with false info for fun lol

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  • Paul Tenorio 6 months ago

    I donate monthly to Wikipedia through my job where amount is matched – its a 501C that anyone can donate to.

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  • Derrick Peng 6 months ago

    “Wikipedia is neutral and accurate” Trevor: “But they’re all white men!”

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  • Ted Weddell 6 months ago

    I live by Wikipedia and the whole Wikimedia network. People rock!

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  • TOPIX from the TROPIX 6 months ago

    As long as the US Congress has editorial oversight over Wikipedia, I do not trust the accuracy of the information.

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  • cattigereyes1 6 months ago

    AI needs to Run Wikipedia

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  • Alex Dunkel 6 months ago

    I used to write on Wikipedia extensively, creating dozens of featured articles, focusing on lemurs and the island of Madagascar. First of all, there is a for-profit motive present, but not in the administration of Wikipedia. Many organizations, right *AND* left, pay editors behind the scenes to write and maintain their Wikipedia articles contrary to the rules. Several conservation organizations tried to pay me when I worked on the project. Still, I refused both because of the rules and because they tried to force me to omit unfavorable facts in my sources (when I offered to write for free).

    Second, I believe the reason for Wikipedia’s success is that many of its editors are high-functioning autistics (like me), diagnosed or not. It explains their intense focus on narrow topics, passionate dedication, and meticulous and dedicated work ethic.

    While the lack of information about indigenous people and minority issues are absolutely a problem, I worry more about the excessive attention that entertainment articles receive. Not only are the most heavily viewed articles about pop culture, but so are most of the edits. People as a whole need to show more interest in the broader world as well as our history. Instead, we seek gossip and a chance to escape.

    I strongly encourage people to spend their free time learning to edit Wikipedia. It’s not easy to get started, but once you learn the rules (search “WP:POLICYLIST” on Wikipedia), understand the editor, and — most importantly — learn how to cite reliable sources (search “WP:CITE”), it is relatively easy and far more rewarding than watching Netflix all night.

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  • sanda386 6 months ago

    Wikipedia is a beacon of light in the dark, and have my whole support

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  • Ro G 6 months ago

    Wikipedia is a great example of how society can use the internet to collectively create a source of information that is reliable, trusted, and fair.
    Plus, it’s an awesome way for me to find out if it’s worth to keep watching a movie I’m bored 20 minutes in. 😉

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  • Onyx Lee 6 months ago

    Wikipedia shapes the world that bit coins can’t.

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  • Arsalan N 6 months ago

    She sends a thank you note every month for monthly donations

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  • Message from Monnie 6 months ago

    No way in the world would I ever donate to Wikipedia. I still remember trying to correct the wrong age of a celebrity who I was on the phone with. Wikipedia editors kept rejecting my change because they said it was self-promotional for my interview. I literally wanted to edit nothing but the man’s age, and they rejected it three times. From that point forward, I lost respect for the site. If the person with a birth certificate can’t correct his own age, or the reporter interviewing him can’t, I don’t trust anything this site has to say. Check the footnotes. Read the actual interviews from reporters who did the interviewing. And leave it at that.

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  • Iron Fist 6 months ago

    *WICKEDPEDIA*

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  • Hodgies Wife 6 months ago

    Non-profit doesn’t mean unbiased 🔥

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  • BeanoFTW 6 months ago

    Just donated $100, raising the total raised from $10 to $110. Please donate.

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  • Nano Saltwater Reefer 6 months ago

    Big news catalyst may cause AMC to squeeze. CEO Adam Aaron announced no need for share dilution. Spread the word. AMC🚀🌕

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  • Jimmy Mondedo 6 months ago

    I’m scared of the day that wikipedia falls. because as far as I know, with it falls the last neutral source of information

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  • Julie Srail 6 months ago

    Can I be her when I grow up 🥺

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  • Learning with Bruddah Ron 6 months ago

    Wikipedia, to me, is the best invention of the last 25 years. I have no idea how a non-profit, crowd-sourced, and free information hub is so accessible, accurate, and objective. I grew up poor and my parents are uneducated, so Wikipedia has been tremendous in providing information to me for trivial things like movie plots, to complex topics, like the history of anti-semitism.

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  • Amani Ndoroma 6 months ago

    Trevor why are u so focus on America and forget your home also has in trouble ,I mean Africa. Wake up Mr Noah!!!

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  • Mark Fonseca Rendeiro 6 months ago

    Katherine is the best. She listens, considers all questions carefully and above all she answers honestly. And that comes through in this interview. Say nothing of wikipedia which is run by a crazy dedicated community that I don’t think the world really understands yet every person with an internet connection makes use of.

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  • Abhigya Ishan 6 months ago

    Wikipedia is biased AF.
    It is constantly showing our country’s map 🗺 incorrect.
    It shows a parts of our territory as disputed territory which in reality isn’t.
    J&K belongs to Republic of India 🇮🇳 not to Beggarstan🇵🇰.

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  • Lee Miller 6 months ago

    *WIKIPEDIA* is the single biggest human collaboration in history.

    It is the single biggest altruistic action in history. We take it for granted when we should be astonished by it.

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