8 J. on Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 157 (2010)
Wikipedia's Labor Squeeze and Its Consequences

handle is hein.journals/jtelhtel8 and id is 159 raw text is: WIKIPEDIA'S LABOR SQUEEZE AND ITS
CONSEQUENCES
ERIC GOLDMAN*
INT RO  D U CTIO N  ................................................................................... 158
I.      MEASURING WIKIPEDIA'S SUCCESS ....................................... 159
II.    THREATS TO WIKIPEDIA ......................................................... 161
III. WIKIPEDIA'S RESPONSE TO THE VANDAL AND SPAMMER
T H REA  T S  ................................................................................... 164
A.   Increased Technological Barriers to Participation .................... 164
B.   Increased Social Barriers to Participation ............................... 167
IV.    WIKIPEDIA'S LOOMING LABOR SUPPLY PROBLEMS ............. 170
A .  E ditor  Turnover ................................................................... 170
B.   Wikipedia's Limited Toolkit to Attract New Editors ............... 172
C.   Wikipedia Compared with the Free and Open Source
Software Community     ............................................................ 175
D.   Can Wikipedia Thrive on Intrinsic Motivations? .................. 176
E.   Doesn't Wikipedia's Success to Date Disprove My
A rgum  ent? ............................................................................ 177
V.      POSSIBLE    CHANGES ................................................................. 178
A.   Raise Technological Barriers/Eliminate Free Editability ........ 178
B.   Recruit Replacement Labor ................................................... 179
C O N C LU SIO N  ....................................................................................... 182
* Associate Professor and Director, High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University
School of Law. egoldman@gmail.com; http://www.ericgoldman.org. Before becoming a full-
time professor, I was General Counsel at Epinions.com. This Essay originated from three blog
posts on my Technology & Marketing Law Blog: Wikipedia Will Fail Within 5 Years,
http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2005/12/wikipedia.will.htm (Dec. 5, 2005); Wikipedia
Will Fail in 4 Years, http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2006/12/wikipedia-will_1.htm
(Dec. 5, 2006); Wikipedia     Revisited: the Wikipedia  Community's Xenophobia,
http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2008/01/wikipedia-revis.htm  (Jan. 22, 2008). I am
grateful for helpful comments from David Ball, Colleen Chien, Dan Cosley, Yihong Ding,
Shubha Ghosh, James Grimmelmann, Deep Gulasekaram, Andy Hilal, Greg Lastowka,
Timothy B. Lee, David Levine, Salil Mehra, Jason Lee Miller, Joseph Reagle, Aaron Swartz,
Rebecca Tushnet, Laurence Wilson, and the participants at the Virtual Worlds, Social
Networks & User-Generated Content Roundtable at Vanderbilt Law School, The Digital
Broadband Migration: Imagining The Internet's Future conference at University of Colorado
Boulder and the Santa Clara University School of Law Faculty Workshop.

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