Wikipedia is 80% accurate and only 31% of all readers are women.
(Newser) – The fact that Wikipedia’s name comes from merging “wiki” (shared website) and “pedia (short for encyclopedia) is no big surprise. But some of these other tidbits, gathered by Online MBA and packaged in a spunky infographic, are:
“Sex” is one of the site’s most popular articles … in every language except Spanish and French.
Bad weather equals more updates.
It’s a man’s world: Of the users who edit Wikipedia, only 13% are women—and only 31% of all Wikipedia readers are women.
4.4% of Wikipedia editors are PhDs.
A 2008 study comparing Wikipedia articles to those in reference materials like the Encyclopedia Britannica found it was 80% accurate. -see complete list:
Teen ‘Sextortion’ on the Rise
These reckless teeners learn too early what blackmailing is -that’s the upside.
Sexting isn’t the only thing parents have to worry about these days: “Sextortion” is on the rise, and it’s pretty ugly. Federal prosecutors say they’re seeing an uptick in cases of online sexual extortion, in which teens who reveal their bodies via the Internet are then contacted by pornographers who threaten to send the images to friends and family unless the teens pose for more explicit porn, creating a vicious cycle of exploitation.
In one recent case, three teens with a webcam flashed their boobs while visiting an Internet chatroom; one of the girls was then contacted by a stranger who said he’d share the photos with her MySpace friends unless she sent him more racy photos and videos; she complied. A 19-year-old Maryland man was ultimately indicted on charges of sexual exploitation, and admitted to “sextorting” about 10 other teen girls. Though no one currently tracks the number of cases involving sextortion, the AP points to three other recent high-profile examples. -AP
Employment Case Raises Smartphone Concerns Again
Do you think this officer’s case is legit? Hint: Whoever ordered him to use his Blackberry in overtime work?
‘A Chicago police sergeant is suing the city for overtime pay for all the times he checks his Blackberry while off duty, reports NPR. The case might help iron out (or further complicate) the rules governing the increasingly blurred lines between work and private life. The mayor scoffs at this “silliness in time of economic crisis,” but the sergeant’s lawyer says his client—and other city cops—are entitled to a hefty back pay settlement.
“What we are saying is he’s using this mobile device at the behest of the Police Department very routinely and very often off duty and not being compensated for all the time spent on the device doing the city’s work,” he says. -NPR