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New York Times writer Katharine Seelye on Wikipedia"Still, the question of Wikipedia, as of so much of what you find online, is: Can you trust it? And beyond reliability, there is the question of accountability.  Lawrence Lessig Stanford Law Professor responds, "People will be defamed," he said. "But that's the way free speech is. Think about the gossip world. It spreads. There's no way to correct it, period. Wikipedia is not immune from that kind of maliciousness, but it is, relative to other features of life, more easily corrected." (adapted from NYT's article Snared in the Web of a Wikipedia Liar)

Now, if we could take both positions and somehow teach students how to effectively cross reference and fact check the information they find on the Internet, we wouldn't need to ask the question, "can you trust it?" Share your thoughts.