Can Wikipedia Really Take Over the World?
Like the once-sprawling British Empire, the sun never sets on the cooperative database. But while Wikipedia is among the most popular websites in the world, non-English versions are poor shadows of the 15-year-old original version. And censorship, lack of internet access and the mobile vs. desktop battles are limiting Wikipedia’s global hegemony. Founder Jimmy Wales isn’t sure his free encyclopedia will ever be truly universal — but he’s promoting it in places like China, arguing that it can bring not simply knowledge but economic growth to nations that embrace it.