September 11, 2004

From Avoidance... to Healing

For decades one historical meme of ARPANET was that if a hub on the net was damaged (by anything ranging from human error to nukes), the rest of the network would "route around" the problem and the network would still work.

Wikipedia is becoming a fascinating example of a new meme: that "damaged content" (where "damage" might from simple error to intentional malicious misinformation) will heal over time. The most fascinating thing about this trend seems to be that "time" is in hours, if not minutes --- not days, weeks, or years.

Here's a great article from Joi Ito's site that references some studies done on how fast Wikipedia content damage heals itself.

Posted by brian at September 11, 2004 01:04 PM


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