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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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Aug 2007 @ 9:58am

    The "make a law" suggestion is probably not a good idea. Publicly exposing those who are doing this is a better plan. Bad press is often more effective than laws and laws are usually tailored for (often many) special interests who cuddle up to lawmakers.

    As far as the whole DRM tangent goes, have you ever noticed that all the big companies who are screaming that music downloads are hurting artists say almost nothing about the far more common practice of burning a copy of a CD? Maybe it's because the big companies don't make money from downloads, but they do sell CD-RW drives and blank CD media, so they make money on burned CDs. Their contracted artists don't, though.

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