Wikipedia founder launches political site
By Caroline McCarthy
Thu Jul 06 08:53:06 PDT 2006
Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales this week announced the opening of a wiki devoted to hot-button political topics such as gay marriage and environmental protection.
Campaigns Wikia was unveiled, appropriately, on July 4, with an "open letter to the political blogosphere." Wales said he is targeting the masses of activists from every corner of political opinion who have made the Internet their home base.
Ever since Howard Dean's then-surprising Internet-based campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, and the subsequent coverage of bloggers' presence at the major parties' national conventions, the use of the Web as a political tool has become an increasingly highbrow topic. If Campaigns Wikia is a success, Wales hopes that it will be a resource where voters can become more informed about current events and issues, he said.
Even though the so-called blogosphere is perhaps best known as a breeding ground for liberal rhetoric, Wales aims to make Campaigns Wikia a nonpartisan effort.
"Whoever you are and whatever you believe, you can share with me my sincere desire that the process starts to be about substance and thought, rather than style and image," he said.