Can Wikipedia Fix Its Information Inequality Problem?



Can Wikipedia Fix Its Information Inequality Problem?

Wikipedia has revolutionized the way that knowledge is produced and dramatically increased access to information. A closer look at the 300,000 active editors who contribute to Wikipedia’s millions of articles shows that they play a powerful role in shaping the world-wide information ecosystem, generating positive feedback loops that leave other topics in the dust, under-researched and unread. Their impact on the most visited educational resource on the planet affects us all.

New Normal: How the Pandemic Changed Shopping Forever with Mehmet Gumus

How we shop today certainly isn’t the same as it was before March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic launched a swift if unsteady shift in shopping habits—and retailers quickly learned that adaptation was essential to survival. In episode 4 of the second season of the "New Normal" podcast series, Professor Mehmet Gumus from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University joins journalist Dave Kaufman to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic helped to speed up the shift in how people shop and consume, what the future of brick-and-mortar establishments might look like, and the increasing role of omnichannel shopping in the everyday shopping experience of the consumer.

New Normal: Climate Change and the Supply Chain with Sanjith Gopalakrishnan

Many companies aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 or 2040, but often their goals don’t include emissions from supply chains even though supply chain emissions are six to 20 times that of direct emissions. "If companies want to seriously consider their carbon footprint and make a meaningful change, the holy grail of sustainable operations is in reducing your scope-three, that is, your supply chain,” says McGill Desautels Faculty of Management Professor Sanjith Gopalakrishnan in conversation with journalist Dave Kaufman on Delve's The "New Normal" podcast series, discussing the major impact that supply chain management has on climate change.

Why Ultra-Low Yields Don’t Mean the End of Sustainable Pension Funds

Retirement systems around the world, from public pension plans to private funds, are weathering a storm of ultra-low bond yields that threaten not only adequate returns for pensioners but the sustainability of the systems themselves. Designing retirement systems that are resilient to low yields requires balancing risk with resilience and innovative approaches. At McGill Desautels Faculty of Management’s recent McGill International Portfolio Challenge 2021 symposium event, pension plan experts Barbara Zvan and Eduard van Gelderen shared their insights on the future of retirement systems with moderator and Desautels Professor Sebastien Betermier.

Closing the Inventor Gender Gap with John-Paul Ferguson, Lucy Gilbert, and Negin Ashouri

Social inequalities are responsible for the loss of millions of ideas and inventions over hundreds of years. This loss over time is measurable today in a decline in innovation, slowing economic growth, and repercussions on all sectors, from technology to health care. The gender gap among inventors affects what gets invented—and consequently who benefits from innovation. In this episode of the Delve podcast, Desautels Professor John-Paul Ferguson investigates how women inventors may be more likely to patent inventions targeted toward women’s needs and interests. We also hear the first-hand experience of surgeon and McGill professor Dr. Lucy Gilbert, who developed the DOvEEgene genetic pap-test, and Negin Ashouri, CEO of FemTherapeutics, inventor of a 3D-printed gynecological device.

Navigating Digital Ecosystems & Transforming Strategy with Yolande Chan

Digital technologies today are highly generic and highly specific at the same time – even a mobile phone is also a translator, a map and an entertainment system – complicating how organizations design their digital strategies. In the latest episode of the Delve podcast, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management and James McGill Professor Yolande Chan discusses a “digital ecodynamics” approach to organizational strategy, where technology is at the core of an organization’s strategy from the start. This strategic lens encourages organizations to examine their own digital ecosystems within a climate of constant change, from the multiple technologies co-existing within an organization to the potential paths toward knowledge and innovation.

A Digital Currency for the Public by the Public

Could a Central Bank Digital Currency ensure privacy and transparency for every transaction? A new model of digital currency proposes a secure yet anonymous “asymmetric privacy” alternative to cash, traditional bank transactions, and cryptocurrency. While cash is guaranteed by the state and makes transactions private for both sender and receiver, e-commerce offers greater convenience and access to worldwide platforms, but at the cost of privacy. A new form of digital currency offers an emerging solution that melds cash with global accessibility and security.

New Normal: The Pivot to Climate Sustainability for SMEs with Dror Etzion

Small and medium-sized enterprises account for as much environmental impact as the entire Canadian transportation industry—yet solving their climate impact requires a unique peer-to-peer approach. In episode 2 of the second season of The "New Normal" Delve podcast series, Professor Dror Etzion from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management joins journalist Dave Kaufman to discuss the role of entrepreneurial SMEs in the global fight for climate sustainability.

Crafting Local Terroir & Putting Quebec Cheese on the Map with Robert David

The word terroir conjures unique European flavours and landscapes, flora and fauna, champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano. As global trade, brand marketing, and niche competition grew in the past half-century, terroir—and authentic, identity-rich products overall—has also grown in both scope and value. Desautels professor Robert David’s research on the emerging lucrative realm of Quebec terroir, and how products like Quebec cheese fit within it, shows that terroir has flourished not only for its flavours but as a phenomenon crafted by overlapping social, cultural, and even political factors.