Wikipedia co-founder’s 8,000-word essay on how to build a better Wikipedia

I fell into my mission by accident — it certainly seemed like an accident that Wikipedia took off as successfully as it did. It might have been what we wanted and planned for, but that it did take off was as much a surprise to me as anyone. Anyway, Wikipedia’s success led to a discovery about myself, that —  at least when it comes to Internet projects — more than anything, I want to develop communities in which people come together to improve the world’s knowledge. I started building online groups on a smaller scale in the mid-1990s, with academic discussion groups. Such…

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Social media users in Uganda to be taxed starting this July

A few months never go by without authorities in Uganda coming up with something bombastic to declare, the latest is a social media tax. The social media tax is expected to be implemented in July 2018 according to Uganda’s government. In making the announcement, Uganda’s government said that the soon to be introduced social media tax will help boost the country’s revenue and help with national security. “We’re looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more of social media, more often, more frequently,” Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s Minister of Finance, is reported to…

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Lightning Network can be a real improvement to Bitcoin – once it matures

With blockchains facing scaling issues depending on their makeup and governance, as well as their popularity, some, like Litecoin, have implemented the Lightning network as a way to address overcrowding, which leads to slow and expensive transactions. Scalability has become a byword with the success of certain cryptocurrencies as their popularity leads to the need to function with more and more users. Bitcoin, as blockchain’s popularity has grown, has had its own demons to fight when it comes to scaling. The democratized network, with its decentralized nature, tackles these difficulties in a manner which requires consensus from a majority of…

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