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The internet is an increasingly anonymous and faceless place. Or at least, that's what we're told. Dot com is the podcast documentary series about the people of the web, drawing back the veil on the faces of the internet in a way that can give us hope, but also leaves questions about its future. In series one, host Katie Puckrik explores the complex universe of Wikipedia, where nerddom rules, communities thrive, and information is everything. It's fascinating, it's weird, it's stories you've never heard before. But there are lies and darkness behind that veil, and it's catching.


This is a Crowd Network original. It's presented by Katie Puckrik, edited by Charlie Frost and James Bradford, and written and produced by Anna Staufenberg.

dot com: The Wikipedia Story Crowd Network

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    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

The internet is an increasingly anonymous and faceless place. Or at least, that's what we're told. Dot com is the podcast documentary series about the people of the web, drawing back the veil on the faces of the internet in a way that can give us hope, but also leaves questions about its future. In series one, host Katie Puckrik explores the complex universe of Wikipedia, where nerddom rules, communities thrive, and information is everything. It's fascinating, it's weird, it's stories you've never heard before. But there are lies and darkness behind that veil, and it's catching.


This is a Crowd Network original. It's presented by Katie Puckrik, edited by Charlie Frost and James Bradford, and written and produced by Anna Staufenberg.

    Wikipedia | Ep 6 | Our Work is Never Done

    Wikipedia | Ep 6 | Our Work is Never Done

    It's the final episode, and Katie's looking to the future. The internet, the World Wide Web and Wikipedia are built on wonderful ideals of openness and not-for-profit knowledge for all. But they're not owned by anybody, and those ideals are being attacked. So Katie's asking: where is this all headed? And at the centre of it all...can Wikipedia survive?


    The clip used in the episode is from Wikimedia Commons and is published under a Creative Commons license. No changes were made. Tim Berners-Lee changed the world 25 years ago (cc-by-sa-3.0, author: BBC)
     
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    • 52 min
    Wikipedia | Ep 5 | Wikimania

    Wikipedia | Ep 5 | Wikimania

    Katie's been in this world, this weird and wacky Wikiverse, for about six months now. But there's one thing she still doesn't understand. Wikipedia's more than just a URL, a web page on your screen. It's a community where people form a deep connection with the world...right? But when the power's switched off and the screen goes black, does that bond stay put or does it flicker and disappear? In this episode, Katie's taking you somewhere she hopes to find the answer. She imagines what it's like to be at Wikimania, the annual wiki conference, where the dots are connected between your username and your face, and the strength of that bond is tested in the real world.


    The clips used in this episode are from Wikimedia Commons and are published under the Creative Commons License. No changes we made. Wikimania 2015 - Jimmy Wales - State of the wiki (cc-by-sa-3.0, author: Wikimedia México); Wikimania 2018 - Closing Session (cc-by-sa-3.0, author: Wikimedia Foundation).
     
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    Wikipedia | Ep 4 | Hoax

    Wikipedia | Ep 4 | Hoax

    Pizzagate! Covid's made up! Trump really won! Cher's dead! We're ruled by lizards and Q rules all! Fake news, misinformation, or (to call a spade a spade) lies. We all know them. We've seen them around, on Twitter, Youtube, Reddit. But how does Wikipedia deal with breaking news and hoaxes? How do the editors sift the believable from the bull? Many lies get caught. But some manage to slip through the net and onto the page, where they take root and burst into seed in ways we can't imagine.
     
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    Wikipedia | Ep 3 | Moving The Needle

    Wikipedia | Ep 3 | Moving The Needle

    Have you noticed anything about most of the Wikipedians we've met so far? One little thing they all have in common? Katie has. We've only heard two women. Two women and eight men. That's not great, but it's normal. There are deep, systemic problems with Wikipedia: 90% of editors are male, and they're overwhelmingly white. Only 5.5% of all articles on Wikipedia are to do with the entire continent of Africa. So Katie's asking, why? What does this mean for the 'sum total of all human knowledge'? And can anything be done?
     
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    Wikipedia | Ep 2 | Hello World

    Wikipedia | Ep 2 | Hello World

    It's the 15th January 2001 and a new website has just been launched. A free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Crazy idea, right? Maybe. But twenty years on, Wikipedia is in over 320 different languages and is growing by thousands of articles every day. How did we get from there, town Wikipedia in 2001, to here, metropolis Wikipedia 2021? For the second episode of dot com, Katie Puckrik's going back to the start to find out how and why Wikipedia was founded. And it turns out if you scratch the surface, the answer isn't as simple as it seems.


    The clips used in this episode are from Wikimedia Commons and are published under the Creatives Commons license. No changes were made. Happy birthday, Wikipedia! (cc-by-sa-3.0, author: Wikimedia Foundation); Wikibirthday in Tehran (cc-by-sa-4.0, author: Iranian Wikimedians User Group); Katherine Maher's Message on the Occasion of Wikipedia 20 (cc-by-CC0-1, author: Wikimedia Foundation); WalesCallToAction (cc-by-sa-3.0, author: Wikimedia Foundation); Wikipedia 15 - Jimmy's greetings (cc-by-sa-3.0, author: Jimmy Wales).
     
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    • 42 min
    Wikipedia | Ep 1 | Don't Bite The Newbies

    Wikipedia | Ep 1 | Don't Bite The Newbies

    This is where it starts. The gateway to the hidden universe of Wikipedia. Behind that laptop screen there's a teaming anthill of Wiki people; writing, writing, writing, to bring free knowledge to the world. But who are they, what do they sound like, and what do they do? They're oddbods, lovers, leaders, loners. And nobody has any idea who they are. Until now.


    The clips used in this episode are from Wikimedia Commons and are published under the Creative Commons license. No changes were made. WikimedianOfTheYearAnnouncement (cc-by-sa-4.0, author: Wikimedia Foundation); Felix Nartey voice (en) (cc-by-sa-4.0, author: Andy Mabbett); Voix de Benoît Prieur (cc-by-sa-4.0, author: Benoît Prieur); Vera de Kok - voice - nl (cc-by-CC0-1.0, author: Vera de Kok); Tomasz Ganicz (cc-by-4.0, author: Borys Kozielski).
     
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

dashdonkey ,

So interesting…..

Another excellent podcast from the inimitable Katie Puckrick…

Reviewer of app ,

People behind Wikipedia pieces

The story telling of the people in this podcast is amazing, intriguing, and came at a time I was wondering, “what type of person writes all this Wikipedia stuff?” I’m on episode 4 and can’t wait for more. I’m going to check if this podcast has it’s own Wikipedia page.

JennyLeonard ,

Great story telling from a hidden world

I love listening to this brilliant little podcast about the other side of the internet you never think about. Loads of people and places featured to get you thinking about how Wikipedia is made presented with an exciting pack of voices.
Just listened to the 2nd episode and can’t wait for the next…

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