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| birth_place = Bellevue, Washington, U.S.| residence = Columbus, Ohio, U.S.Reed College (Bachelor of Arts>BA)The Ohio State University (MA, PhD)| occupation = Internet project developer| website =| known_for = Co-founding Wikipedia}}Lawrence Mark Sanger ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|s|æ|ŋ|ər}};{{YouTube|zTaY3mg06sU|Western History for Kids, Part 1 - ancient and medieval - Sanger Academy}}, video taken from Sanger's official educational YouTube channel, pronunciation confirmed around 0:10, accessed May 7, 2016 born July 16, 1968)BOOK, Jennifer Joline Anderson, 20, Wikipedia: The Company and Its Founders,weblink 1, Abdo Group, 2011, 1617148121, is an American Internet project developer, co-founder of Pseudopedia, and the founder of Citizendium.NEWS, Nate, Anderson, Larry Sanger says "tipping point" approaching for expert-guided Citizendium wiki,weblink Ars Technica, November 21, 2007, November 21, 2007, He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. From an early age he was interested in philosophy. Sanger received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Reed College in 1991 and a Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy from Ohio State University in 2000. Most of his philosophical work has focused on epistemology, the theory of knowledge.He has been involved with several online encyclopedia projects. He is the former editor-in-chief of Nupedia,NEWS, Mitch, Nauffts, 5 Questions For...: Larry Sanger, Founder, Citizendium,weblink Philanthropy News Digest, Foundation Center, March 27, 2007, March 27, 2007, chief organizer (2001–2002) of its successor, Wikipedia, and founding editor-in-chief of Citizendium.NEWS, Jennifer, LeClaire, Wikipedia Cofounder Launches Citizendium,weblink NewsFactor Network, March 27, 2007, March 27, 2007, From his position at Nupedia, he assembled the process for article development. Sanger proposed implementing a wiki, which led directly to the creation of Wikipedia, initially a complementary project to Nupedia. He was Wikipedia's early community leader and established many of its original policies.Sanger left Wikipedia in 2002, and has since been critical of the project. He states that, despite its merits, Wikipedia lacks credibility due to, among other things, a lack of respect for expertise. In October 2006, Sanger started a rival online encyclopedia to Wikipedia, Citizendium. In September 2017, it was announced that Sanger had joined Everipedia as chief information officer.NEWS,weblink Why Wikipedia's cofounder wants to replace the online encyclopedia with the blockchain, Patterson, Dan, December 8, 2017,weblink February 15, 2019, no, TechRepublic, NEWS,weblink Why Wikipedia's cofounder wants to replace the online encyclopedia with the blockchain, Brown, Leah, December 11, 2017,weblink February 15, 2019, no, TechRepublic, Sanger has taught philosophy at Ohio State University and was an early strategist for the expert-authored Encyclopedia of Earth. He has worked on developing educational projects for individuals behind WatchKnowLearn. He has designed a web-based reading program named Reading Bear, which aims to teach children how to read. In February 2013, he attempted to start a news crowdsourcing project named Infobitt; it ran out of money in mid-2015 without the code being ready to handle a full-scale launch."Some thoughts, 15 years after Wikipedia's launch" at Quote: "We ran out of runway, as most startups do"

Early life and education

Sanger was born in Bellevue, Washington on July 16, 1968. His father was a marine biologist and his mother cared for the children.NEWS, Chris, Lydgate, Deconstructing Wikipedia,weblink Reed Magazine, June 2010, November 1, 2013, When he was seven years old, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska.NEWS
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, At an early age, he was interested in philosophical topics.NEWS, Alan, Boraas, Hometown kid an Internet revolutionary,weblink Anchorage Daily News, September 2, 2006, March 25, 2007, He graduated from high school in 1986 and went off to Reed College, majoring in philosophy. In college he became interested in the Internet and its potential as a publishing outlet.NEWS, Wade, Roush, Larry Sanger's Knowledge Free-for-All,weblink Technology Review, January 1, 2005, March 25, 2007, He set up a listserver as a medium for students and tutors to meet up for "expert tutoring" and "to act as a forum for discussion of tutorials, tutorial methods, and the possibility and merits of a voluntary, free network of individual tutors and students finding each other via the Internet for education outside the traditional university setting."NEWS, Sanger, Larry, Tutor-L: Higher education outside the universities,weblink, August 30, 1995, March 25, 2007, He started and moderated a philosophy discussion list, the Association for Systematic Philosophy.NEWS, Larry, Sanger, Association for Systematic Philosophy,weblink George Mason University, March 22, 1994, March 25, 2007, Sanger wrote in 1994 a manifesto for the discussion group: "The history of philosophy is full of disagreement and confusion. One reaction by philosophers to this state of things is to doubt whether the truth about philosophy can ever be known, or whether there is any such thing as the truth about philosophy. But there is another reaction: one may set out to think more carefully and methodically than one's intellectual forebears."NEWS, Marshall, Poe, The Hive,weblink The Atlantic Monthly, September 2006, 2, March 25, 2007, Sanger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Reed College in 1991, a Master of Arts from Ohio State University in 1995, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Ohio State University in 2000.NEWS, Larry, Sanger, Larry Sanger â€“ Education,weblink, March 25, 2007, Beginning in 1998 he ran a website called "Sanger's Review of Y2K News Reports", a resource for those concerned about the year 2000 problem, such as managers of computer systems.


In 2007, Sanger examined the possibilities for education online. He explained, "Imagine that education were not delivered but organized and managed in a way that were fully digitized, decentralized, self-directed, asynchronous, and at-a-distance." He further stated, "There would be no bureaucracy to enforce anything beyond some very basic rules, and decision-making would be placed almost entirely in the hands of teachers and students."NEWS, Larry, Sanger, Education 2.0,weblink Egon Zehnder International, The Focus Online, June 2007, June 1, 2007, The future of education could lie in a digital degree-granting institution that lives on the Internet.,weblink June 15, 2007, In 2007, Sanger wrote an essay for the Edge stating in part: "As it turns out, our many Web 2.0 revolutionaries have been so thoroughly seized with the successes of strong collaboration that they are resistant to recognizing some hard truths. As wonderful as it might be that the hegemony of professionals over knowledge is lessening, there is a downside: our grasp of and respect for reliable information suffers. With the rejection of professionalism has come a widespread rejection of expertise—of the proper role in society of people who make it their life's work to know stuff. This, I maintain, is not a positive development; but it is also not a necessary one. We can imagine a Web 2.0 with experts. We can imagine an Internet that is still egalitarian, but which is more open and welcoming to specialists. The new politics of knowledge that I advocate would place experts at the head of the table, but—unlike the old order—gives the general public a place at the table as well."WEB, Larry, Sanger, WHO SAYS WE KNOW: On the New Politics of Knowledge,weblink Edge Foundation, Inc., 2007, November 2, 2013, In 2008, Sanger was at Oxford University to debate the proposition that "the internet is the future of knowledge." Sanger agreed that today's wikis and blogs are fundamentally changing the way knowledge is created and distributed.NEWS, Andrew, Keen, Andrew Keen on New Media,weblink The Independent, June 2, 2008, June 8, 2008, London, In 2010, Sanger wrote an article for Educause stating in part: "In the last several years, many observers of education and learning have been stunned by the abundance of information online, the ever-faster findability of answers, and the productivity of online 'crowds,' which have created information resources like Wikipedia and YouTube. The enormous scope of these developments has surprised me too, despite the fact that they are more or less what many of us had hoped for and deliberately tried to bring into being. These sudden, revolutionary developments demand analysis: How is this latest information explosion changing the way we live? Is the relationship between society and individual changing? More to the point for this article, how is the Internet revolution changing education?"WEB, Larry, Sanger, Individual Knowledge in the Internet Age,weblinkEducause>Educause Review, April 15, 2010, November 1, 2013,

Nupedia and Wikipedia

{{Further|History of Wikipedia}}(File:Bomis-staff-summer-2000.jpg|thumb|alt=The Bomis staff, mid-2000|The Bomis staff in mid-2000. Sanger is second from the left in the front row seated.)Nupedia was a Web-based encyclopedia whose articles, written by volunteer contributors possessing relevant subject matter expertise and reviewed by editors prior to publication, would be licensed as free content.
NEWS, Liane, Gouthro, Building the world's biggest encyclopedia,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink
PC World (magazine)>PCWorld, September 6, 2009, March 10, 2000, March 25, 2007, WEB,weblink Editorial Policy Guidelines, Overview: Assignment, May 2000,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 7, 2001, It was co-founded by Jimmy Wales and underwritten by Bomis, with Sanger hired as editor-in-chief.NEWS, Sam, Williams, Everyone is an editor,>Salon Media Group, April 27, 2004, 2, April 15, 2009, NEWS
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, In February 2000, Sanger began to oversee Nupedia.He developed a review process for articles and recruited editors. Articles were reviewed through Nupedia's e-mail system before being posted on the site.NEWS
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, in January 2001, Sanger proposed a wiki be created to spur article development, and the result of this proposal was Pseudopedia,NEWS, Marshall, Poe, Marshall Poe, The Hive,weblinkThe Atlantic>The Atlantic Monthly, September 2006, October 22, 2013, Wales and Sanger created the first Nupedia wiki on January 10, 2001. The initial purpose was to get the public to add entries that would then be 'fed into the Nupedia process' of authorization. Most of Nupedia's expert volunteers, however, wanted nothing to do with this, so Sanger decided to launch a separate site called 'Wikipedia.' Neither Sanger nor Wales looked on Wikipedia as anything more than a lark. This is evident in Sanger's flip announcement of Wikipedia to the Nupedia discussion list. 'Humor me,' he wrote. 'Go there and add a little article. It will take all of five or ten minutes.' And, to Sanger's surprise, go they did. Within a few days, Wikipedia outstripped Nupedia in terms of quantity, if not quality, and a small community developed. In late January, Sanger created a Wikipedia discussion list (Wikipedia-L) to facilitate discussion of the project., WEB, Larry, Sanger, On the moral bankruptcy of Wikipedia's anonymous administration,weblink Larry Sanger, August 19, 2012, November 1, 2013, officially launched on January 15, 2001.NEWS, Leslie, Walker, Spreading knowledge, the Wiki way,weblink Washington Post, September 9, 2004, February 5, 2008, NEWS, Tony, Long, Enter Wikipedia, for Better and Worse,weblinkWired (magazine)>Wired, Wired News, January 15, 2008, April 25, 2019, It was initially intended as a collaborative wiki for the public to write entries that would then be fed into the Nupedia review process of expertise, but the majority of Nupedia's experts wanted little to do with this project. Originally, Bomis planned to make Wikipedia profitable.NEWS,weblink Read me first: Wikipedia isn't about human potential, whatever Wales says, Finkelstein, Seth, The Guardian, September 25, 2008, London, Shortly after a blank wiki was set up Sanger wrote the initial pages and promoted the site.NEWS, Daniel, Terdiman, Wikipedia founder modifies his bio,weblink CNET, December 21, 2005, March 26, 2014, To the surprise of Sanger and Wales, within a few days of launching, Wikipedia had outgrown Nupedia, and a small community of editors gathered. By virtue of his position with Nupedia, Sanger ran the project, and formulated much of the original policy, including "Ignore all rules","Neutral point of view", and "".NEWS, Stacy, Schiff, Stacy Schiff, Know It All,weblink The New Yorker, July 31, 2006, April 25, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink November 22, 2008, Wikipedia quickly took off, but only months after it was launched, it began to prove problematic. Sanger has said by mid-2001, the Wikipedia community was being "overrun" by what he described as "trolls" and "anarchist-types", who were "opposed to the idea that anyone should have any kind of authority that others do not". Sanger responded by proposing a stronger emphasis for expert editors, individuals with the authority to resolve disputes and enforce the rules.Frustrated by sustained content battles and feeling he had a lack of support from Wales, Sanger eventually left the project.NEWS, Richard, Waters, Wikipedia stand-off in search for online truth,weblink Financial Times, November 10, 2006, October 15, 2009, Sanger was the only paid editor of Wikipedia, a status he held from January 15, 2001, until March 1, 2002. In early 2002 Bomis announced plans to sell advertising on Wikipedia in part to pay for Sanger's employment, but the project was against any commercialization. Sanger worked on and promoted both the Nupedia and Wikipedia projects until Bomis discontinued funding for his position in February 2002 after the collapse in Internet advertising spending. Sanger resigned as editor-in-chief of Nupedia and as chief organizer of Wikipedia on March 1.NEWS, Larry, Sanger, My resignation—Larry Sanger,weblinkWikimedia Foundation>Meta-Wiki, March 1, 2002, March 25, 2007, Sanger's reason for ending his participation in Wikipedia and Nupedia as a volunteer was that doing justice to the tasks as a part-timer were not feasible. Nupedia was shut down in 2003,NEWS
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Origins of Wikipedia

(File:Old Wikipedia.png|thumb|right|A screenshot of Wikipedia's main page on September 28, 2002.)Sanger's role in the founding of the project was the subject of edits by Wales to Wikipedia, followed by discussions within community in 2005. Sanger accused Wales of "rewriting history" by disregarding his involvement. Wales told Wired that he only clarified details about his co-founder's contribution to the project and removed factual errors, and admitted he should not have done so.NEWS, Dan, Mitchell, Insider Editing at Wikipedia,weblink The New York Times, December 24, 2005, March 25, 2007, NEWS, Hansen, Evan, Wikipedia Founder Edits Own Bio,weblinkWired (magazine)>Wired, Wired News, December 19, 2005, March 25, 2007, Sanger posted on his personal webpage several links which supported his role as a co-founder.NEWS, Brian, Bergstein, Brian Bergstein, Sanger says he co-started Wikipedia,weblink, Associated Press, March 25, 2007, March 25, 2007, The nascent Web encyclopedia Citizendium springs from Larry Sanger, a philosophy PhD who counts himself as a co-founder of Wikipedia, the site he now hopes to usurp. The claim doesn't seem particularly controversial â€“ Sanger has long been cited as a co-founder. Yet the other founder, Jimmy Wales, isn't happy about it., Sanger was identified as a co-founder of Wikipedia at least as early as September 2001.NEWS, Peter, Meyers, Fact-Driven? Collegial? This Site Wants You,weblink The New York Times, September 20, 2001, March 25, 2007, Wales identified himself in August 2002 as "co-founder" of Wikipedia.NEWS, Jimmy, Wales,weblink 3apes open content web directoryYahoo!>Yahoo! Tech Groups forum post,weblink August 6, 2002, April 1, 2009, April 1, 2009, I'm Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Nupedia and Wikipedia, the open content encyclopedias., NEWS,weblink Wikipedia boss challenged over claims made in Hot Press, Hot Press, April 24, 2009, May 25, 2009, Sanger said: "While I was organizing Wikipedia, Wales was in the background and focused on" Wales stated in 2005 that he had initially heard of the wiki concept in 2001 not from Sanger, but instead from Jeremy Rosenfeld.NEWS,, Assignment Zero First Take: Wiki Innovators Rethink Openness,weblinkWired (magazine)>Wired, May 3, 2007, April 25, 2009, Wales stated in October 2001 that it was "Larry (who) had the idea to use Wiki software for a separate project."NEWS, Nicole, Ferraro, Wikipedia Co-Founder Speaks Out Against Jimmy Wales,weblink Internet Evolution, UBM LLC, October 9, 2009, October 23, 2013, Nupedia was started first, and is extremely high quality in the limited content that it does produce. After a year or so of working on Nupedia, Larry had the idea to use Wiki software for a separate project specifically for people like you (and me!) who are intimidated and bored (sorry, Nupedia!) with the tedium of the process., The critical concept of marrying the three fundamental elements of Wikipedia, namely an encyclopedia, a wiki, and essentially unrestricted editorial access to the public, first took form when Sanger met up with an old friend, Ben Kovitz. This meeting occurred at a dinner on January 2, 2001, and it was here that Sanger was first introduced to the functionality of wiki software. Kovitz was a computer programmer and a regular on Ward Cunningham's wiki.NEWS
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, NEWS, Glyn, Moody,weblink This time, it'll be a Wikipedia written by experts, The Guardian, July 13, 2006, March 25, 2007, Larry Sanger seems to have a thing about free online encyclopedias. Although his main claim to fame is as the co-founder, along with Jimmy Wales, of Wikipedia, that is just one of several projects to produce large-scale, systematic stores of human knowledge he has been involved in. [Wales] saw that I was essentially looking for employment online and he was looking for someone to lead Nupedia... Career: 1992–1996, 1997–1998 Graduate teaching associate, OSU; 2000–2002 Editor-in-chief, Nupedia; Co-founder and 'chief organiser,' Wikipedia., London, Sanger thought a wiki would be a good platform to use and decided to present the idea to Jimmy Wales, at that time the head of Bomis.NEWS, January 19, 2008, Ben Kovitz,weblink WikiWikiWeb, March 25, 2007, Sanger initially proposed the wiki concept to Wales and suggested it be applied to Nupedia and, after some initial skepticism, Wales agreed to try it.NEWS, Marshall, Poe, The Hive,weblink The Atlantic Monthly, September 2006, 3, March 25, 2007, Over tacos that night, Sanger explained his concerns about Nupedia's lack of progress, the root cause of which was its serial editorial system. As Nupedia was then structured, no stage of the editorial process could proceed before the previous stage was completed. Kovitz brought up the wiki and sketched out "wiki magic," the mysterious process by which communities with common interests work to improve wiki pages by incremental contributions. If it worked for the rambunctious hacker culture of programming, Kovitz said, it could work for any online collaborative project. The wiki could break the Nupedia bottleneck by permitting volunteers to work simultaneously all over the project. With Kovitz in tow, Sanger rushed back to his apartment and called Wales to share the idea. Over the next few days he wrote a formal proposal for Wales and started a page on Cunningham's wiki called "WikiPedia."NEWS, WikiPedia,weblink WikiWikiWeb, January 19, 2008, March 25, 2007, It was Jimmy Wales, along with other people, who came up with the broader idea of an open-source, collaborative encyclopedia that would accept contributions from ordinary people and it was Wales who invested in it. Sanger came up with the name "Wikipedia", which he later said was "a silly name for what was at first a very silly project".NEWS, Jonathan, Sidener, Wikipedia family feud rooted in San Diego,weblink The San Diego Union-Tribune, October 9, 2006, May 5, 2009, Sanger first conceived of the wiki-based encyclopedia project only as a means to hopefully accelerate Nupedia's slow growth. During Wikipedia's critical first year of growth, Sanger spearheaded and guided the following that gathered around this nucleus.NEWS, Jason, O'Toole,weblink Citizen Sanger, Hot Press, May 7, 2009, May 25, 2009, Through this early period, he served as Wikipedia's "chief organizer",WEB,weblink Larry Sanger on co-founding Wikipedia and how online education could change the world, At first I resigned as Chief Organizer of Wikipedia – that was my title, by the way. I was never called 'Editor'., December 28, 2012, a position which has remained dormant since he left Wikipedia.NEWS, Larry, Sanger, The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia: A Memoir,weblink SourceForge, Slashdot, April 18, 2005, March 25, 2007, The actual development of this encyclopedia was the task he gave me to work on. So I arrived in San Diego in early February, 2000, to get to work.,  â€¢NEWS, Larry, Sanger, The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia, Part II,weblink SourceForge, Slashdot, April 19, 2005, March 25, 2007, NEWS, Michael, Singer,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink Free Encyclopedia Project Celebrates Year One, Jupitermedia, January 16, 2002, March 16, 2003, March 25, 2007, Sanger is also credited with creating and enforcing many of the policies and strategy that made Wikipedia possible during its first formative year.NEWS, Steve, Tally,weblinkPurdue University>Purdue University News Service, March 20, 2006, Wikipedia co-founder to speak on campus, March 25, 2007weblink" title="">weblink >archivedate = October 17, 2007, By May 2001 there were 3,900 articles.NEWS,weblink The Origins of Wikipedia: How It Came To Be [Geek History Lesson], Dube, Ryan, Make Use Of, July 5, 2012, By the end of the year in 2001, the site had about 15,000 articles and upwards of 350 Wikipedians.


Since 2002, Sanger has been critical of its accuracy, among other things.NEWS, Wikipedia founder sets up rival,weblink Australian IT, October 19, 2006, August 4, 2014, In December 2004, Sanger wrote a critical article for the website Kuro5hin, in which he stated that Wikipedia is not perceived as credible among librarians, teachers, and academics when it does not have a formal review process and it is "anti-elitist".NEWS, Daniel H, Pink, The Book Stops Here,weblinkWired (magazine)>Wired, March 2005, March 25, 2007, NEWS, Larry, Sanger, Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism,weblink Kuro5hin, December 31, 2004, March 25, 2007, In September 2009, Sanger mentioned one reason for distancing himself from Wikipedia: "I thought that the project would never have the amount of credibility it could have if it were not somehow more open and welcoming to experts." He continued: "The other problem was the community had essentially been taken over by trolls to a great extent. That was a real problem, and Jimmy Wales absolutely refused to do anything about it." Wales responded by stating, "I think very highly of Larry Sanger, and think that it is unfortunate that this silly debate has tended to overshadow his work."Sanger, a philosophy instructor,NEWS, Rachel, Aviv, Mondo Wikipedia,weblink The Village Voice, January 10, 2006, March 25, 2007, began work as a lecturer at Ohio State University, where he taught philosophy until June 2005. His professional interests are epistemology (in particular), early modern philosophy, and ethics.In December 2005, the Digital Universe Foundation announced that Sanger had been hired as Director of Distributed Content Programs.NEWS, Daniel, Terdiman, Wikipedia's co-founder eyes a Digital Universe,weblink CNET, January 6, 2006, March 25, 2007weblink>archivedate=August 17, 2013,
He would be a key organizer of the Digital Universe Encyclopedia web projects which was launched in early 2006.
NEWS,weblink Digital Universe Seeks to Become Free 'PBS of the Web', PR Newswire, Digital Universe, January 17, 2006, March 25, 2007, NEWS,weblink Contributor: Lawrence Sanger, Encyclopedia of Earth, Digital Universe, March 25, 2007, The Digital Universe encyclopedia has recruited recognized experts to write articles, and to check user-submitted articles for accuracy. The first step in this effort was the expert-authored and edited Encyclopedia of Earth,NEWS, Daniel, Terdiman,weblink Wikipedia alternative aims to be 'PBS of the Web', CNET, December 19, 2005, March 25, 2007weblink>archivedate=January 31, 2016, an electronic reference about the Earth.NEWS,weblink About the EoE, Encyclopedia of Earth, Digital Universe, March 25, 2007, The issues around the content accuracy of Wikipedia's articles led Sanger to unveil plans for a new encyclopedia called Citizendium, short for "citizens' compendium".NEWS, James, Niccolai, Wikipedia to fight vandals in Germany,weblink InfoWorld, September 26, 2006, October 15, 2009, At the Wizards of OS conference in September 2006, Sanger announced Citizendium as a fork of Wikipedia. The objectives of the fork were to address perceived flaws in the way Wikipedia functions. The main differences would be the rejection of anonymous editing: every author/editor would have to be identified by their real name, no "top-down" hierarchy of editors: it would aspire to be a "real encyclopedia."NEWS, Next Wikipedia, take a right,weblink Wikipedia, Citizendium, and the politics of knowledge: An interview with Larry Sanger, Dossier Open Source, March 25, 2007, In 2015, in an interview by Zach Schwartz for Vice. Sanger said: "I think Wikipedia never solved the problem of how to organize itself in a way that didn't lead to mob rule" and that since he left the project, "People that I would say are trolls sort of took over. The inmates started running the asylum."WEB,weblink Wikipedia's Co-Founder Is Wikipedia's Most Outspoken Critic, Vice, November 11, 2015, November 15, 2015, Schwartz, Zach,


(File:Citizendium 2018.png|alt=|thumb|A screenshot of Citizendium's homepage in 2018)On March 25, 2007, Citizendium officially launched.NEWS, Brian, Bergstein, Brian Bergstein, Citizendium aims to be better Wikipedia,weblink USA Today, Associated Press, March 25, 2007, March 25, 2007, In early 2007, Sanger announced he did not intend to head Citizendium indefinitely.NEWS, Nate, Anderson, Citizendium: building a better Wikipedia,weblink Ars Technica, February 25, 2007, March 25, 2007, A fortnight later, Sanger returned to his criticism of Wikipedia, stating it was "broken beyond repair," and had a range of problems "from serious management problems, to an often dysfunctional community, to frequently unreliable content, and to a whole series of scandals."NEWS, Iain, Thomson, Wikipedia 'broken beyond repair' says co-founder,weblink iTnews, April 13, 2007, December 18, 2011, Citizendium was an attempt by Sanger to establish a credible online encyclopedia based on scholarshipNEWS, Christopher, Dawson,weblink Citizendium seeks to be the Wikipedia you can cite, ZDNet, February 23, 2007, March 25, 2007, aiming to bring more accountability and academic rigour to articles.NEWS
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, Ars Technica reporter Timothy B. Lee said in 2011 that Citizendium was "dead in the water". Lee noted that Citizendium's late start was a disadvantage, and that Citizendium's growth was also hindered by an "unwieldy editing model".NEWS, Timothy B., Lee, Citizendium turns five, but the Wikipedia fork is dead in the water,weblink Ars Technica, October 27, 2011, October 22, 2013, In 2014, the number of Citizendium contributors was under 100, and the number of edits per day was about "a dozen or so", according to Winthrop University's Dean of Library Services.BOOK, Mark Y. Herring, 52, Are Libraries Obsolete?: An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age,weblink 1, McFarland & Company, 2014, 0786473568, By August 2016, Citizendium had about 17,000 articles, 160 having undergone expert review.Citizendium front page, accessed August 4, 2016Citizendium is wiki-based, but with a few differences from Wikipedia:Prospective contributors on Citizendium were required to sign in using their real identities in contrast to Wikipedia editors who can remain anonymous.NEWS, Candace, Lombardi, Wikipedia rival makes its debut,weblink ZDNet, March 26, 2007, October 4, 2007weblink" title="">weblink >archivedate = July 12, 2007, NEWS, Brock, Read, Citizendium's Creator in His Own Words,weblink The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5, 2007, April 5, 2007, The site attempted to implement an expert review process,NEWS, Jason Z, Cohen, Citizendium's Larry Sanger: Experts Make It Better,weblink LinuxInsider, ECT News Network, March 3, 2008, March 8, 2008, NEWS, Brian, Heater, Q&A With Citizendium Creator Dr. Larry Sanger,weblink, January 26, 2007, March 25, 2007, NEWS, Caroline, McCarthy, Citizendium: Wikipedia co-founder Sanger's Wikipedia rival,weblink CNET News, January 23, 2007, April 5, 2007, and experts tried to reach a decision for disputes that cannot be resolved by consensus. After a burst of initial work, however, the site went into decline, and most of the experts were not retained.


In early 2009, Sanger effectively ceased to edit Citizendium, although an announcement confirming this was not made until July 30, 2009, on the Citizendium-l mailing list.NEWS
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, On September 22, 2010, Sanger stepped down as editor-in-chief of Citizendium but said, at the time, that he would continue to support the project.NEWS, Larry, Sanger, Citizendium Charter Ratified,weblinkCitizendium>Citizendium blog, September 22, 2010, December 17, 2010, In April 2010 Sanger sent a letter to the FBI detailing his concern that Wikimedia Commons was hosting child pornography in its pedophilia and lolicon categories later clarified as "obscene visual representations of the abuse of children".NEWS,weblink Wikimedia pornography row deepens as Wales cedes rights, BBC News, May 10, 2010, May 19, 2010, NEWS, Metz, Cade, Jimbo Wales exiles 'porn' from Wikiland,weblink October 9, 2010, The Register, May 9, 2010,
Sanger said that he felt it was his "civic duty" to report the images.NEWS, Farrell, Nick, Wikipedia denies child abuse allegations: Co-founder grassed the outfit to the FBI,weblink October 9, 2010, The Inquirer, April 29, 2010,
Sanger told that, in 2012, he worked with NetSpark to get them to donate or heavily discount its pornographic image filtering technology for use by Wikipedia. NetSpark attempted to contact the Wikimedia Foundation in July/August 2012, but received no response at that time.NEWS, Perry, Chiaramonte, Exclusive: Wikipedia ignores solution to rampant porn problem,weblink, September 10, 2012, November 19, 2013
, In December 2010 Sanger said he considered WikiLeaks "enemies of the U.S. — not just the government, but the people."NEWS,weblink L, Gordon Crovitz, Julian Assange, Information Anarchist, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, December 6, 2010, December 22, 2010, He has worked at the WatchKnowLearn project, a non-profit organization which focuses on educating young children using educational videos and other media on the web.WEB,weblink The Next Web, Larry Sanger on co-founding Wikipedia and how online education could change the world, Paul, Sawers, November 19, 2011, January 8, 2011, Sanger was the executive director of the system. It is a non-profit funded by grants, philanthropists, and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.NEWS, Owen, Lei, CEO hits road to spread word about non-profit 'YouTube for teachers',weblink King Broadcasting Company, October 28, 2011, November 9, 2013, Sanger headed the development of WatchKnowLearn from 2008 to 2010.NEWS, WatchKnowLearn,weblink EPIC 2020, November 2, 2011, October 11, 2013, It consists of a repository of educational videos for kindergarten to the 12th grade.NEWS, Jason, Tomaszewski, Site Review: Watch-Know-Learn,weblink Education World, 2013, November 13, 2013, In February 2013, it ranked as the No. 1 search result among educational videos on Google's search engine, with page views surmounting 6 million each month.NEWS, Robert, Lee Long, No. 1,weblink Desoto Times Tribune, February 16, 2013, November 9, 2013, In 2010 and 2011, he continued working on developing a web-based reading-tutorial application for beginning readers which was launched as Reading Bear in 2012.NEWS, Paul, Sawers, Wikipedia co-founder launches Reading Bear, an online phonics tutorial for kids,weblink The Next Web, Inc., November 2, 2011, October 9, 2013, NEWS, Michael, Kelley, Web-based reading program targets young learners,weblink Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group, It uses the principles of phonics, using multimedia presentations such as videos, PowerPoint presentations, and ebooks. In addition to aiming to teach children to pronounce words, it aims to teach the meaning and context of each word.In February 2013, Sanger announced a project he named Infobitt - a crowdsourced news portal. On Twitter, he wrote: "My new project will show the world how to crowdsource high-quality content—a problem I've long wanted to solve. Not a wiki".NEWS,weblink Wikipedia cofounder Larry Sanger on his next revolution, Kevin, Morris, The Daily Dot, February 13, 2013, February 14, 2013, The site, which sought to be a crowdsourced news aggregator, went online in December 2014.WEB,weblink ‘Wikipedia for News’ Becomes Open to the Public, Newsweek, December 16, 2014, December 16, 2014, Walker, Lauren, In July 2015, Sanger announced that the project had run out of money, he had let the programmers go, he was himself looking for a job, and that it was impossible to do a full launch of the project as the code behind it was still only capable of working "at a small scale".WEB,weblink Infobitt's Future, and Mine, July 8, 2015, The site is no longer active.NEWS,weblink Infobitt's Future, and Mine, Larry Sanger, LinkedIn, July 8, 2015, In September 2017, it was announced that Sanger became the chief information officer of Everipedia.NEWS,weblink Why Wikipedia's cofounder wants to replace the online encyclopedia with the blockchain, Patterson, Dan, December 8, 2017,weblink February 15, 2019, no, TechRepublic, NEWS,weblink Why Wikipedia's cofounder wants to replace the online encyclopedia with the blockchain, Brown, Leah, December 11, 2017,weblink February 15, 2019, no, TechRepublic, Sanger told Inverse in December 2017 that Everipedia is "going to change the world in a dramatic way, more than Wikipedia did."NEWS,weblink Wikipedia Cofounder Tells Us His Plan to Build Encyclopedia on Bitcoin Tech, Mike Brown, Inverse (website), Inverse, December 6, 2017, Sanger said, "Everipedia is the encyclopedia of everything, where topics are unrestricted, unlike on Wikipedia."NEWS,weblink Why Wikipedia's cofounder wants to replace the online encyclopedia with the blockchain, Leah Brown, TechRepublic, December 11, 2017, It is an open encyclopedia contributed by many different editors that will use blockchain technology.NEWS,weblink Wikipedia’s cofounder on how he’s creating a bigger, better rival—on the blockchain, Larry Sanger, Quartz (publication), Quartz, December 12, 2017,

Personal life

Sanger moved to San Diego, California, in February 2000 when he was first hired by Wales to develop Nupedia.BOOK, Joseph Michael Reagle, 35, Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia,weblink 1, MIT Press, 2010, 1452567905, He was married in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December 2001.BOOK, Jennifer Joline Anderson, 74, Wikipedia: The Company and Its Founders,weblink 1, Abdo Group, 2011, 1617148121, In January 2002 he returned to Columbus, Ohio, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.Sanger supports the concept of baby reading. He has recalled starting to teach his son to read before his second birthday, and has posted videos online as a demonstration.NEWS, Tanith, Carey,weblink Can you teach a baby to read?, Independent Online (South Africa), January 2, 2013,

See also

Selected writings

A partial list of academic work, essays, and presentations Sanger has written:NEWS, Larry, Sanger, Larry Sanger,weblink, October 4, 2007,
Academic work
  • Epistemic Circularity: An Essay on the Problem of Meta-Justification â€“ doctoral thesis.
  • Descartes' methods and their theoretical background â€“ bachelor thesis.


  • What Strong Collaboration Means for Scholarly Publishing. Keynote at the Annual Meeting of Society for Scholarly Publishing, San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2007.
  • weblink" title="">How to Think about Strong Collaboration among Professionals. Keynote at the Handelsblatt IT Congress, Bonn, Germany, January 30, 2007.
  • weblink" title="">Why Make Room for Experts in Web 2.0?. Opening keynote at the SVForum, The Business of New Media, Santa Clara, CA, October 25, 2006.



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