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Peter G. Peterson Conference Center, Institute for International Economics 1750 Massachusetts Ave., NW 11:00am-12:30pm
Featured Speaker: Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales Founder of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia
Written and edited by volunteers, Wikipedia is transforming the way that knowledge is created and shared. More than 300,000 people worldwide have contributed: writing, editing, and correcting a total of more than two million articles in 25 languages. Wales recently announced that Wikipedia is exploring ways to provide off-line versions for developing countries and says that his goal is to provide a free encyclopedia to everybody in the world in her or his own language. An energizing and dynamic speaker, Wales will discuss what Wikipedia and other bottom-up approaches to knowledge creation may mean for global development.