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Wikipedia Examines its Dispute Resolution Process: An Invitation to Steven Zhang

  Wikipedia, the popular free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is always looking for ways to improve itself.  This year they have awarded a Wikimedia Fellowship to one of their senior editors, Steven Zhang, to study dispute resolution.  The efforts to reform this troubled aspect of their otherwise amazingly effective model cannot come too soon. The most important example …

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Wikimania 2012

Last week, Wikipedia, the popular, free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, held its 8th annual celebration in Washington, DC.  The event was hosted by George Washington University and attracted about 1400 participants from 87 countries, over twice the number at any of their past events. Surprisingly this was only the second time the event has been held in the …

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Dartmouth Wins the Collegiate Rugby Sevens Championship for the Second Straight Year

Dartmouth College defeated Arizona 24-5 Sunday to take the National Collegiate Championship in Rugby Sevens for the second straight year.  The tournament featured 16 university teams from around the US in two action filled days at Philadelphia’s new 18,000-seat PPL Park.  The event’s innovative new format, along with rare live-television coverage, may change the face of college rugby for years …

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The Kirstin Lobato Case: An American Miscarriage of Justice

Last week marked ten years since Kirstin “Blaise” Lobato was initially found guilty in the killing of Duran Bailey, a 44-year-old homeless man who had been stabbed and sexually mutilated in Las Vegas in July 2001.  Despite substantial evidence affirming her innocence and clear reversible error by the presiding judge, Ms. Lobato remains in the same Nevada prison where she …

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The Amanda Knox Case: A Rare Failure at Wikipedia

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have now had their convictions overturned for the November 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher. Their original trial, often called Italy’s Trial of the Century, is now widely recognized to have been a miscarriage of justice. With the two former college students now free, the focus turns to how history will be written …

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The Amanda Knox Case: An Alleged Scenario with no Known Parallel in the History of Crime

British exchange student Meredith Kercher was murdered on November 1, 2007 in Perugia, Italy, the victim of a knife attack and a sexual assault. The case received widespread media coverage in both Europe and the United States largely because both the victim and one of the accused, Amanda Knox, were attractive young women.   Sexually motivate homicides of young women in …

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