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Should You Believe Wikipedia

Should you believe Wikipedia? Social epistemology, virtue epistemology, and the practice of internet research

Amy S. Bruckman, Regents’ Professor and Senior Associate Chair, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology


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Social computing researchers increasingly need to question the nature of “truth” in our day-to-day work. In this talk, Dr. Bruckman will review ideas from philosophy, especially social epistemology, to give us practical, working definitions of “truth” and “knowledge.” Building on that, she examines the value of virtue epistemology (a combination of social epistemology and virtue ethics) to our research and teaching practice. Finally, exploring reasons why Wikipedia has been successful and broader lessons we can draw from it.

Amy BruckmanAmy Bruckman is Regents’ Professor and Senior Associate Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on social computing, with interests in online collaboration, understanding across difference, and content moderation. Bruckman received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 1997, and a B.A. in physics from Harvard University in 1987. She is a Fellow of The ACM and a member of the SIGCHI Academy. She is the author of the book “Should You Believe Wikipedia? Online Communities and the Construction of Knowledge” (2022).