Governance, Organization, and Democracy on the Internet: The Iron Law and the Evolution of Wikipedia

  title={Governance, Organization, and Democracy on the Internet: The Iron Law and the Evolution of Wikipedia},
  author={Piotr Konieczny},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
This study examines whether the Iron Law of Oligarchy exists in Wikipedia by analyzing how a key policy of the website regarding verifiability evolved into its current form. The study describes the decision-making processes of Wikipedia and shows that there are many factors preventing or slowing the development of oligarchy on Wikipedia. The study provides data advancing theoretical concepts related to the Iron Law of Oligarchy and the evolution of virtual communities and organizations; results… 

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