Interview: Knowledge to the people


By Paul Marks (Image: Chrys Rynearson) He’s inundated with offers, people turn out to see him, and journalists dog his every move: Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales has all the hallmarks of a rock star. Except he isn’t one. He’s the man who founded Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia used by millions every day. Wikipedia employs just five full-timers, yet it already has 1.5 million articles written by users in a growing number of the world’s languages. A diehard core of 400 online volunteers help to keep vendettas, vandals and crazies at bay. So what gave Wales his big idea?
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