Too Much Free Time

by Mike Masnick


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Diebold, Disney, Many Others Caught Editing Wikipedia Entries In Their Favor

from the no-socker-there dept

This will probably come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but a new Wikipedia scanner service is matching the IP address of Wikipedia edits to the organizations the IPs are associated with -- and it's turning up some interesting matches. For example, there's the person coming from a Diebold IP who deleted paragraphs and paragraphs of Wikipedia content that highlighted Diebold's ongoing security problems. Then there's the Disney employee who tried to pull a link to Cory Doctorow's speech on why DRM is bad for business from the DRM entry. Wired is actually keeping a running tally of some of the most interesting edits. Now, before people use this as more evidence as to Wikipedia's trust problems, it doesn't look like those edits did much damage, as they were quickly changed back to the more appropriate entries by those watching out for vandalism.

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    Paul T.S. Lee, 15 Aug 2007 @ 4:53am

    so how well do IP addresses match up to companies

    Has any of the Wikipedia "offenders" attempted to deny that these edits came from inside their network? If so, they will have put themselves into an interesting "Catch-22" vis-a-vis the so called "evidence" used by the RIAA/MPAA for file sharing. That is to say, if they admit that the IP is theirs, then the implication is that it is being done from the corporate network, suggesting corporate approval or even mandate. If they claim that one can't just match up an IP address to a specific company or person, then all their IP based "evidence" goes out the window as well. If they claim that their IP addresses were being spoofed, then the same argument can be used by an accused "pirate".

    Of course, if they took the hit and admit that the IP addresses are theirs, then we're back to (almost) the present situation. But any spinning they try to do along the lines of "unknown persons inside the network" or "non-approved activity" can still be applied by defendants of those ridiculous lawsuits from the RIAA/MPAA.

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