Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wikipedia Editing Tracked UPDATED

Wikipedia 'shows CIA page edits'
The tool detected changes to a page about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
By Jonathan Fildes
BBC News
An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved in editing entries.

Wikipedia Scanner allegedly shows that workers on the agency's computers made edits to the page of Iran's president.

It also purportedly shows that the Vatican has edited entries about Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

The tool, developed by US researchers, trawls a list of 5.3m edits and matches them to the net address of the editor.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopaedia that can be created and edited by anyone.
... The site also indicates that a computer owned by the US Democratic Party was used to make changes to the site of right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

UPDATE at 11:45 a.m.: Fox News got into the act, too.
Here's one little bit:
...You'll find changes that were made by IP address, which resolves to Fox News. Changes are to the articles “Keith Olbermann”, “Chris Wallace”, “Carl Cameron”, “Brit Hume”, “Shepard Smith”, “Al Franken”, “Brian Wilson”, “CNN”, and “Greta Van Susteren”.

And from

In the latest news regarding the growing controversy over the Dateline NBC series, "To Catch a Predator", the vigilante group NBC employs to facilitate the stings has suffered yet another setback.

Founder of Phillip Eide, aka XavierVE on Wikipedia, has been indefinitely blocked from posting edits within Wikipedia.

Since the first posting of the Wikipedia article regarding, Eide has repeatedly posted what can only be described as "flaming" posts; deleted other posts critical to, and when taken to task, replied with more invectives.


Cast Your Vote On The Wikipedia Editing Wall Of Shame
By Scott Gilbertson
Threat Level is running a poll where you can track and vote on the most shameful and/or disturbing Wikipedia edits found with Virgil Griffith’s new Wikipedia search tool. For those that missed the story, Griffith created a tool that unmasks the anonymous edits made to Wikipedia pages.

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