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Debate on the Authority of Knowledge vsi a vis Wikipedia

Author Lawrence Liang (Alternative Law Forum)
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Lawrence Liang

Lawrence Liang is a legal researcher and an Indian lawyer of Chinese descent, based in the city of Bangalore, who is known for his legal campaigns on issues of public concern. He is a founder of the Alternate Law Forum, and as of 2006 has emerged as a prominent spokesperson against concepts like "intellectual property".

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What I am planning to speak on is the entire debate on the Authority of Knowledge vis a vis Wikipedia; I want to examine the debate on Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Brittanica by revisiting the early history of the book and the print revolution to argue that the authority of knowledge that one presumes for Britannica is not something that was inherent to it, and in fact the early history of the book is filled with conflicts around the question of how you could rely on something as being authoritative knowledge; I will examine the conditions that enabled the establishment of the book as a stable object of knowledge as a way of thinking about Wikipedia and the debates on its authority.
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