The 404 270: Where we better have a wiki page by the end of this show

The 404 is a big supporter of open-source information, so we invite our buddy Nic Hill, director of 'Truth in Numbers: the Wikipedia Story,' to shed some light on the site and its ongoing controversy.


The 404 is a big supporter of open-source information, so we invite our buddy Nic Hill, director of Truth in Numbers: the Wikipedia Story, to shed some light on the site and its ongoing controversy. He gives us the full rundown on how Wikipedia works, his experience working on the film, and his travels around the world expounding the merits of information and community.

Truth in Numbers: The Wikipedia Story is a documentary about the impact and value of the groundbreaking information site. Wikipedia.com

Free digital content is an intrinsic right, or at least it should be. That's the Wikipedia.com ethos, and we're still in the dark about how the site actually works. Luckily, Nic Hill is on today's show to break it all down. He's the co-director and producer of Truth in Numbers, an upcoming documentary on Wikipedia. This project has flown Nic all around the world interviewing Wikipedians about their experiences editing the site, and it's surprisingly a lot more exclusive than you'd think. The movie is in the editing stage right now, but Nic's already agreed to come back once it's finished, and maybe even set up an exclusive 404 meet-up to screen the film. As Wikipedia users ourselves, we're really excited to see the final product, but in the meantime, you can check out the trailer at Underdog Pictures' Web site. We also really encourage you to donate whatever you can to the cause. Give $50 or more and you'll get a free DVD and a shout-out in the credits!

Also, who the heck is going to step up to the plate and create a 404 Podcast Wikipedia page? Let's get legit!! Shameless.


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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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