Peer governance and Wikipedia: Identifying and understanding the problems of Wikipedia’s governance

  • Vasilis Kostakis PhD student at Technology Goverance, Tallinn University of Technology
Keywords: Peer Governance, Peer Production, Virtual Communities, Self-governance, Wikipedia

Abstract

Wikipedia has been hailed as one of the most prominent peer projects that led to the rise of the concept of peer governance. However, criticism has been levelled against Wikipedia's mode of governance. This paper, using the Wikipedia case as a point of departure and building upon the conflict between inclusionists and deletionists, tries to identify and draw some conclusions on the problematic issue of peer governance.

Author Biography

Vasilis Kostakis, PhD student at Technology Goverance, Tallinn University of Technology
Vasilis Kostakis has studied business science, information management, political theory and technology governance in University of Macedonia (BSc), University of Amsterdam (MSc), and Tallinn University of Technology (MA). At the moment, he is a Ph.D. student at TUT on technology governance; a member of P2P Foundation; and, an external collaborator of the online journal Re-public.
Published
2010-03-12
How to Cite
Kostakis, V. (2010). Peer governance and Wikipedia: Identifying and understanding the problems of Wikipedia’s governance. First Monday, 15(3). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v15i3.2613