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Internet pioneer Jimmy Wales hopes that the Chinese government will realize that they will need to open up access to information and allow genuine democracy.

This article titled “Wikipedia founder predicts a ‘Chinese spring'” was written by Sarah Hartley, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 5th November 2011 12.12 UTC

The man who founded ‘the encylopedia anyone can edit’ seemed a fitting start to this year’s series of events intended to bring together leading thinkers to debate the ideas changing our world.

The unassuming American has played a part in the way we all receive factual information – from students carrying out research to those looking for sources around current affairs – the 20 million pages written collaboratively by volunteers have become an accepted part of the fabric of daily life. In just ten years.

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