When considering the issue of regulating the Internet, we must not overlook the possible harmful implications of even seemingly minor regulation. Every governmental intervention carries with it limitation of personal rights, whether its primarily aim is to serve the governments' interests and control or even where it is limited solely to the legitimate purpose of protecting and serving the citizens themselves.
It has been over seven years since her first article on Wikipedia and Rosie, now 60, still keeps writing as enthusiastically as in the past. By now, she has created thousands of articles. Hundreds of them are about rivers, lakes, peninsulas, bays, islands and hamlets. There are also hundreds of biographies.
What we see with data today is a similar situation to what we had in the era prior to Web 2.0, where there was a lot of content around, but socialisation over that content was not enabled. Just as we've seen with the social media boom of recent years, however, there is now an opportunity and appetite for creating communities of interest around the socialisation of data.
"I love to collect information, and I love that I get to share that information with the world," says Emily Temple-Wood, a veteran editor on English Wikipedia. Emily, who likes reading encyclopedias from cover-to-cover, finds writing on Wikipedia a transition from being a consumer to a creator of knowledge.