Censoring Wikipedia

Like many people out there in Interwebs land, I am a big fan of using Wikipedia to look up things I don’t know. I know that it is editable and subject to the bias and whims of others on the web, but for some naive reason, I never really thought about people purposefully censoring legitimate data for unethical reasons. Now I know that unethical is a harsh word, but in this case it sticks. People and companies are out there altering or completely deleting things all the time to make their business, organization, political campaign, etc. look better than it really is. Politicians and big corporations lie every single day. The old joke is that if a politician is talking then he’s lying. That may be a bit extreme, but it’s probably not too far from the truth either. That’s just my opinion though. Do your own research and see what you come up with.

Here’s the article I read that lists many of the big censors and what they tried to cover up: Wikipedia and the art of censorship

It’s about the WikiScanner site setup by some guy that helps find these changes by the database dumps that Wikipedia does each month. Or something like that. I really don’t care to figure out all the details and summarize everything for you so you’ll have to do a little legwork too if you are interested.

Here’s some more fun links realated to this:
Wired Magazin’ list of edits
CIA and Vatican edit Wikipedia entries
Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits

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2 Responses to “Censoring Wikipedia”

  1. yoshi says:

    You mean, everything wikipedia says isn’t exactly true? Say it isn’t so!

  2. Insomnic says:

    I will point out one thing about all this… most of the really nasty, biased, or inaccurate edits didn’t last. Not that this makes wikipedia any more “honest”… but at least the self-moderating works to a degree.

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