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.

Filed Under: wikipedia
Companies: diebold, disney, wikipedia


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  1. identicon
    Sanguine Dream, 15 Aug 2007 @ 5:48am

    Re: so how well do IP addresses match up to compan

    I was thinking the same thing.

    I'm guessing that the defense they would use is something to the effect of claiming that while they are not responsible for all the activity on their network they would claim that an alleged pirate would be responsible due to numbers. They would argue that since their network is being used by hundreds of people at once they should not be expected to monitor it properly (which would relate to their desires to hold ISPs accountable for infringing material, end Fair Use, and rewrite the DMCA to their liking) whereas an individual should be expected to properly monitor their own network. Of course this argument would wrapped in some crazy legalese.

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