A quem interessar e tiver acesso :-(. Um paper crítico sobre as
propostas de Benkler e Jenkins.
The limits of peer production: Some reminders from Max Weber for the
In the last few years, a powerful consensus has emerged among scholars
of digitally enabled peer production. In this view, digital
technologies and social production processes are driving a dramatic
democratization of culture and society. Moreover, leading scholars now
suggest that these new, hyper-mediated modes of living and working are
specifically challenging the hierarchical structures and concentrated
power of bureaucracies. This paper first maps the assumptions
underlying the new consensus on peer production so as to reveal the
sources of its coherence. It then revisits Max Weber’s account of
bureaucracy. With Weber in mind, the paper aims to expose analytical
weaknesses in the consensus view and offer a new perspective from
which to study contemporary digital media.
Caros, acho que podemos traduzir essa nota no nosso wiki. Abraços, Tom
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Subject: [Iberocoop] nota de prensa de la campaña de Fundraising
Buen día!!! y feliz año para todos!!
Jay mandó a Comcom un borrador del comunicado que van a sacar esta
noche desde la WMF.
Lo voy a empezar a traducir para tenerlo listo cuando publiquen la
versión en inglés.
Lo subo a nuestra wiki, si alguien quiere ayudar!
Wikimedia Foundation Rings In New Year With Record-breaking Fundraiser
Over one million donors contribute to Wikimedia’s annual, global campaign
San Francisco, CA -- January 2, 2012 - The Wikimedia Foundation’s
annual fundraising campaign reached a successful conclusion today,
having raised a record-breaking USD 20 million from more than one
million donors in nearly every country in the world. It is the
Wikimedia Foundation’s most successful campaign ever, continuing an
unbroken streak in which donations have risen every year since the
campaigns began in 2003.
Wikimedia websites serve more than 470 million people every month. It
is the only major website supported not by advertising, but by
donations from readers.
“Our model is working fantastically well,” said Sue Gardner, Executive
Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Ordinary people use Wikipedia
and they like it, so they chip in some cash so it will continue to
thrive. That maintains our independence and lets us focus solely on
providing a useful public service. I am so grateful to our donors for
making that possible. I promise them we will use their money carefully
Since 2008, the number of Wikimedia Foundation donors has increased
ten-fold, and the total dollar amount raised in the campaign has risen
to over $20 million from $4.5 million.
The annual fundraiser is how the Wikimedia Foundation pays its bills.
Funds raised in this campaign will be used to buy and install servers
and other hardware, to develop new site functionality, expand mobile
services, provide legal defense for the projects, and support the
large global community of Wikimedia volunteers. The Wikimedia
Foundation's total 2011-12 planned spending is 28.3 million USD. The
bulk of that is raised during the annual campaign, and the remainder
comes throughout the year in the form of grants from institutions such
as the Sloan Foundation, and many other small donations year round.
This year’s campaign highlighted the volunteers who help to create
Wikipedia. It featured testimonials from volunteer editors in
countries such as Argentina, Brazil, India, Kenya, the United Kingdom
and the United States ranging in age from 18 to 76, explaining why
they edit Wikipedia and why they think readers should support the
Wikimedia Foundation. More than 100 volunteers translated the banners
and appeals into dozens of languages, reaching hundreds of millions of
With over 20 million articles in 282 languages, Wikipedia is the
largest encyclopedia in human history. Over 100,000 volunteers work on
Wikipedia and its 10 sister projects (including projects like
Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, and Wiktionary), furthering the
Wikimedia Foundation's mission to freely share the sum of all human
knowledge. On January 15, 2012, Wikipedia will celebrate its 11th
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