Wikitopia :: Keynote Speech 2
The Possibilities and Limitations of Open Content
by Prof. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
September 19, 2010
HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College
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New media has made possible new “vernacular” archives of knowledge—from wikipedia to del.icio.us—that are challenging their standard top-down counterparts. These archives are usually either celebrated as democratizing knowledge, or condemned as destroying it. Refusing either of these positions, this talk asks: what does opening up content do? What does the open both make possible and close down? Is open content enough? How, in other words, should the open be the beginning rather than the end of the discussion?