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Respecting the word's etymology, if authority is now being practised by corporations, it is therefore the result of collaboration of individuals as an entity. Wikipedia is perhaps an interesting case. It shows us how a corporation of individuals can perform authority over the practice of knowledge. Since its creation, it has managed to become one of the most popular and trusted Encyclopedias over the world. More than 12 % of the internauts use it on a daily basis. But the content is created and regulated by individuals on the simple basis that they care about it and are ready to dedicate time to it. They all remain anonymous and unpaid. We can attribute the first Encyclopedia to Diderot and D'Alembert, with the help of specialists in the different topics covered. But Wikipedia doesn't rely on expertise but on the wish to take part, who will remain anonymous and non identificable. This also means that the body can evolve constantly, ones can leave and ones can join at any time. Anyone can edit articles, add articles or spot any article that causes dilemna and discuss it with the other peer governors, in an open and public discussion that paradoxally gives an impression of transparency. Due to these constant slipages in the roles people attribute to themselves, wikipedia works more on the model of a heterarchy than a strict hierarchy.
The system of observation in peer work, is characterised by Holoptism, as opposed to panopticism.
The P2P foundation defines it in these terms : the ability for any member to have horizontal knowledge of what the others are doing, but also the vertical knowledge related to the aims of the project.

SEE ALSO :
http://lucasbattich.com/hyper/discipline.html
http://loliconangel.deviantart.com/art/My-teacher-is-a-vampire-adoptable-313176504



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