Sunday, November 11, 2007

Under mining our knowledge

In recent times, there has been a concerted effort at either hiding information about candidates, or spreading misinformation about them. Now, I find out that Wikipedia, too, has been undermined as a reliable source for information. Candidates today have staff memebers who, on a regular basis, "massage" the articles in Wikipedia to place their candidates in a more favorable light. Or to just plain remove information they don't want us to know about. The articles get changed several times a day for this reason.

I noticed this first with Nancy Polosi's Wiki entry. A paragraph about the book keeping she did on favors (credits and debits) for her father's political career while she was in college (or was it high school) disappeared while she was campaigning for office.

Wikipedia article on WikiScanner

Wired article on WikiScanner

The WikiScanner website
(scanner goes down often due to high traffic)

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