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Leaders in Computing by Donald Knuth, Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE FREng FBCS CEng CITP, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karen Spärck Jones, FBA, Grady Booch, Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak

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8 SHARING KNOWLEDGE

Jimmy Wales, February 2010

Co-founder of Wikipedia and Wikia, Jimmy Wales spoke to BCS editor Henry Tucker about politics online, the future of paper, why not everything should be on the internet, large video projects and the power of mobile carriers.

Why Wikipedia?

I was really fascinated by the growth of the free software movement or open source software and really was thinking a lot about collaboration and how people were coming together online to create big projects and that was really the basis for it.

It’s not just the idea of an encyclopaedia; I loved encyclopaedia as a kid. I really felt like the internet is this great tool for us all to come together to share knowledge and I said, ‘why don’t we do that, it sounds ...

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