Latest Issue

The Prospect Interview #170: Barbara Speed on 20 years of Wikipedia

In this age of disinformation, it might just be the last best place on the internet. But where does Wikipedia go from here?

By Prospect Team  

Journalist Barbara Speed joins the Prospect podcast to talk about the changing fortunes of one of the internet’s most-visited websites: Wikipedia. Depending on who you speak to, Wikipedia is either a misinformation free-for-all overseen by self-selecting pedants or, as Barbara has it in her latest article, “the last redoubt of the idealism of the early World Wide Web.” Barbara joins assistant editor Rebecca Liu to discuss the past and future of this seemingly contradictory corner of the internet—and whether or not, in this new age of “alternative facts,” it might just be our unlikely saviour.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to