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Submission + - Rob Blokzijl Obituary (ripe.net)

steffann writes: The Internet community has suffered a sad loss as the man who led RIPE during its first 25 years of bottom-up, consensus-driven collaboration and decision-making died at his home in the Netherlands.

As one of the founders of RIPE in 1989 and the Chair of the RIPE community for 25 years since then, Rob Blokzijl personified all the attributes that have seen the community grow into such a positive force for bringing together those who care about the development of the Internet.

His contributions were often officially recognised, notably in receiving Dutch royal honours by being awarded with the title Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau in 2010. He also received the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award in 2015 for outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. Since standing down as RIPE Chair in 2013, he has enjoyed the title RIPE Chair Emeritus.

Submission + - Wikipedia Creates AI System To Filter Out Bad Edits (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Free online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system aimed at improving the quality of its entries and detect mistakes and damaging edits made to its articles. The technology, named the Objective Revision Evaluation Service (ORES), works like “a pair of X-ray specs,” according to the Wikimedia blog. It explains that the system is able to highlight incorrect edits, allowing editors to filter them out from the “torrent” of new amends and scrutinise their credibility. The entire service and process is open – with Wikipedia making revision scoring transparent and auditable by publishing the source code, performance statistics and project documentation publicly under open licenses.

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