DailyDirt: Computers Are Editing Our Double-Plus-Ungood Content

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More and more digital media is being edited and prioritized in datacenters by intangible algorithms. As usual, this can be good and bad, depending on how the technology is used. On the one hand, algorithms can do laborious tasks that humans don't want to do. But at the same time, algorithms might introduce all kinds of errors or inadvertent biases on a scale that no group of humans could ever accomplish without automation. Here are just a few links on bots tinkering with online content. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    zip, 7 Apr 2014 @ 7:47pm

    vandalism-by-bot on Wikipedia

    "the biggest bot job on Wikipedia is detecting vandalism."

    And the second-biggest bot "job" on Wikipedia is perpetrating vandalism.

    I've seen much content, often high-quality content, deleted by bots. It seems to follow a familiar pattern: a new person -unregistered- comes in and writes a substantial addition to an article, but due to a minor violation of some arbitrary rule, everything the person wrote is automatically deleted. (and often times, new writers don't return to "defend" their edits)

    Here's just one example of vandalism-by-wikibot that caught my attention:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Skiptrace&diff=302349485&oldid=30234931 2

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