We all know that Wikipedia is the largest source of information on the Internet which is managed by the whole community. But, now China announced that soon it will launch its own version of Wikipedia.
China Is Launching Its Own Version Of Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the largest source of information on the Internet. Managed and nurtured by the whole community, it controls itself without any censorship. China has now announced that it will create its own version of Wikipedia, preparing to hire 20,000 people to feed it with information.
Internet access in China is, as everyone knows, limited and ironically controlled by the state. In the country that most Internet users have, it is only possible to access a set of sites and the information that is authorized.
As Wikipedia is one of many websites that Chinese Internet users want to access, China has decided to address this problem and announced that in 2018 the country will have its own version of Wikipedia.
The 20,000 people who will be hired will work to ensure that the Chinese version of Wikipedia will have 300,000 entries and that each will have about a thousand words. The contents will be generated and managed by teachers of the main universities of the country and will be chosen carefully.
The idea of Yang Muzhi, the mentor of this project, is not to create own versions of themes and content, but rather to make them better and richer by providing all the necessary information.
The many technological giants that exist in China, such as Baidu or Qihoo 360, already have their own versions of Wikipedia, but end up being very far from what the encyclopedia provides.
It is not clear what level of influence and controls the Chinese state will have in creating the Great Wall of Culture, but given China’s information control situation, it should be very large.
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