SA’s own Wikipedia would nuke the sad, boring facts

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SA’s own Wikipedia would nuke the sad, boring facts

If our government, like Russia’s, banned Wikipedia, the scope for new and encouraging facts would be almost limitless

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Vladimir Putin’s plan to replace Wikipedia with his own online encyclopaedia will be exciting news for South Africa’s politicians desperate for some new facts to replace their increasingly depressing ones.

According to Reuters, Putin proposed the idea last month, declaring that Wikipedia was not “reliable” and should be replaced by an online version of the extant Great Russian Encyclopaedia.

On Monday, however, Putin signed a new law that requires every smartphone, computer and smart TV set sold in Russia to come pre-installed with Russian software, signalling a sharp escalation in his regime’s crackdown on non-Russian content and suggesting the new encyclopaedia might go online sooner than anticipated and be dramatically more, er, “reliable” than the old paper version...

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