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Wikipedia China: frontline for regional tolerance

A Wikipedia editor from Shanghai was initially infuriated when he came across terms like ‘Taiwan’ and the ‘Republic of China’ on the Web site, but now says he understands how people in Taiwan think, and has become much more tolerant

By Grace Tsoi  /  NY Times News Service, HONG KONG

“In real life, I have my own political stance, but I will not bring this into Wikipedia,” he said.

Isaac Mao (毛向輝), a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, attributed the maturation to more users learning what Wikipedia is all about.

“It all came back to the ‘five principles’ of Wikipedia, including authenticity, accuracy, neutral point of view and the use of references,” Mao said. “If there are disagreements over management and editing, people can engage in discussion based on these principles. Such [an] atmosphere has been built up in the Chinese Wikipedia community gradually.”

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