Call it the Wiki Wars.
Fed up with what he considered the skewed perception of Israel depicted by Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia, Gilead Ini, a senior research analyst at CAMERA, the Boston-based pro-Israel media watchdog, decided to mobilize.
On March 13, he sent an e-mail seeking 10 volunteer Wikipedia editors who would ensure that Israel-related articles “are free of bias and error, and include necessary facts and context.”
Fledgling startups looking to set up shop in Manhattan, a city teeming with venture capitalists prowling for the next Google, have traditionally hooked up with university-linked incubators. In addition to nurturing entrepreneurial companies by providing office space and facilitating connections with investors and potential clients, university-affiliated incubators offer intellectual capital in the form of access to professors (many of whom are experts in their chosen fields) and the cheap labor of hungry MBA students.
More than 35,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Israel is not a country! ... Delist it from Facebook as a country!”
Type “Jew” into the search function on YouTube, and you’ll discover a host of anti-Semitic videos, including “911 Jew Spy Scandal 3” and a video clip in which National Polish Party’s Leszek Bubel declares himself a “proud anti-Semite.”
Last year, when Andy Shoenig did a Google search for NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth which he then led as president, what he found shocked him: lots of entries on social networking sites like MySpace and FaceBook that referred to the Reform movement's youth group, and also included gossip and references to drinking and sex at its gatherings.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Some Jewish groups were quick to get out their press releases blasting the “Goldstone Report,” the result of a United Nations investigation into last winter’s Gaza war - so quick it seems unlikely many actually read the 575- page report.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
I’m a huge fan of the Internet – in fact, it’s a large part of my job. Obviously, I’m a blogger, and regard blogging as an essential ingredient in the newspaper of tomorrow.
But I’m also alarmed at how easily distortions and mistakes, reported as “news” by bloggers and disseminated to vast, worldwide audiences that uncritically accept their outpourings, become indelible parts of the news background.