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Sarah Jeong Wikipedia Page Undergoes Ethnic Cleansing
Wikipedia has become politicized to the point that it’s no longer reliable on any topic
jeong  mediaBias  wikipedia  racism  liberalBias 
august 2018 by Jswindle
The Philip Cross Affair - Craig Murray
UPDATE “Philip Cross” has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. “He” has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. That’s 1,721 consecutive days of editing.
corruption  wikipedia 
may 2018 by Jswindle
Wikipedia and “Astroturf” | Evolution News
Paleontologist Günter Bechly’s deletion from Wikipedia, after he came out as a proponent of intelligent design, gives cause to revisit this helpful concept.
wikipedia  astroturfing  propaganda 
december 2017 by Jswindle
Should We Trust Wikipedia?
“In 2012, famed author Philip Roth, tried to correct a major fact error about the inspiration behind one of his book’s character cited on a Wikipedia page. But no matter how hard he tried, Wikipedia’s editors wouldn’t allow it. They kept reverting the edits back to the false information. When Roth finally reached a person at Wikipedia, which is not an easy task, and tried to find out what was going wrong, they told him he is not considered a credible source on himself.”
wikipedia  propaganda 
december 2017 by Jswindle
Michael Mandiberg's art installation prints out the entirety of Wikipedia.
How big is Wikipedia? How many printed volumes would it take to put all of the online encyclopedia on a library’s shelves? I’m only asking about the 5 million or so articles in the English language version—there’s at least that many more in other languages.
wikipedia  knowledge 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia sexist? How the New York Times Misinterprets the Site's Gender Gap.
New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announced last week at the National Press Club that news from Egypt was crowding from his paper's front page anything that didn't have an urgent claim on readers' attention. So what made the cut that day, in addition to the dispatches from Cairo and Jerusalem? An article on gender imbalance among Wikipedia contributors. Barely 13 percent of the anonymous, volunteer contributors to the free online encyclopedia are female, according to a study by the Wikimedia Foundation.
gender  sexism  wikipedia 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikigalaxy web app visualizes Wikipedia as starry galaxy of articles.
Useful as it may be, Wikipedia is an eyesore. Like Craigslist, its design is a relic of the early Web days. And because its millions of pages are global and open-source, its founders would likely find it impossible to redesign the jumble of blue links and subheaders into something more beautiful.
wikipedia  design 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Listen to Wikipedia made by engineers Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi.
It seems like Wikipedia editing involves a lot of drama, between eliminating promotional material, adding important facts, and cleaning up after someone adds "penis" to a bunch of entries about antique furniture. But the sound of Wikipedia is surprisingly mellow and relaxing.
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia wants paid editors to disclose their conflict of interest.
The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia, is worried, though, that editors are being paid to write biased content. PR people or anyone looking to manage an aspect of public perception might take to Wikipedia to talk someone up, disparage an opponent, or generally frame information in an advantageous way. And this could be misleading to the roughly 500 million users who visit Wikipedia each month and trust that everything was written by volunteers.
wikipedia  conflictOfInt  corruption 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Roger Bamkin: Gibraltor's repeated appearance on Did You Know? provkes existential crisis for Wikipedia.
If you’ve been reading been reading Wikipedia’s “Did You Know?” page recently, you probably know a great deal about the tiny British territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean. In fact, in the month of August alone, Gibraltar was featured on “Did You Know?” a jaw-dropping 17 times, according to the technology website CNET. (One example: “Did you know that in Gibraltar, a mole's elbow is a site of control for the harbour?”) That, for the record, is more times than any subject other than the Olympics—a tidal wave of information for a country with only 2.6 square miles of land mass.
wikipedia  corruption  conflictOfInt  propaganda 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Police departments need to have Wikipedia policies
Wikipedia is quickly and quietly becoming the newest battleground in the struggle over police malfeasance. Last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that users within the San Diego police department—some of them anonymous—had edited their department’s page to remove information from the “Misconduct” section. Not long before, Capital New York discovered that numerous IP addresses associated with the NYPD had been used to edit entries on departmental brutality.
wikipedia  conflictOfInt  corruption 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Evicted from Wikipedia.
Wikipedia, as you probably know, is an online, multilingual encyclopedia whose entries are written and edited by readers around the world. What you may not know is that this ongoing experiment in Web-based collaboration maintains volunteer gatekeepers, and one of them has whisked me (or, rather, the entry describing me) under the insulting rubric, "Wikipedia articles with topics of unclear importance." I share this digital limbo with Anthony Stevens ("internationally respected Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, and author"), Final Approach("romantic comedy anime series"), Secproof ("well known security consulting company in Finland"), and about 400 other topics tagged during the past calendar month. There we languish, awaiting "deletion review," which I will surely flunk.
wikipedia  bureaucracy  corruption 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia sockpuppet investigation: Is paid editing the problem or the answer?
Wikipedia is a glorious resource and one of the most dazzling accomplishments of the Internet age. The online encyclopedia, built and maintained primarily by volunteers, is the world’s largest repository of free information, and much of that information is quite good. A surprising 2005 Nature study found that the quality of science articles on the site rivaled that of Encyclopaedia Britannica.* The site today carries enough authority that Google uses it to directly answer search questions.
wikipedia  propaganda  corruption 
july 2016 by Jswindle
The Gamergate wars over Wikipedia show that Wikipedia's "neutrality" measure might be upheld at the expense of truth.
As a media phenomenon, Gamergate may have died out a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean the die-hard Gamergaters have gone away. Lauren Williams at ThinkProgress has written an in-depth investigation of how Gamergaters have managed to get five Wikipedia editors banned or restricted from editing Wikipedia—for tweaking the Wikipedia pages of feminist critics and developers to erase slander that anti-feminists were trying to pass off as factual information.
wikipedia  gamerGate  SJW  corruption  propaganda 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia traffic: Site sees steep decline in traffic from Google.
The amount of traffic that Google sends to Wikipedia has declined by more than 250 million visits per month, according to SimilarWeb, the traffic measurement company.* Roy Hinkis, SW's head of SEO, says the downgrade is a genuine mystery:
privacy  surveillance  wikipedia  Google 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia’s bureaucracy problem and how to fix it.
“You cannot change your name to MadeUpNick. This name is already taken,” I bluntly explained to the user, who had filled out an application requesting a name change on Polish Wikipedia. Should I tell him or her that there is a separate procedure, allowing usurpation (taking over) of a name? Or maybe even correct his or her incorrectly filed request and resubmit it through this separate channel? Perhaps. But this was not my job. After all, I’m a bureaucrat—one of the highly trusted community elected functionaries on Wikipedia, allowed to change names of other users, as well as grant administrator rights (upon community’s approval). I just enforce the rules; I don't explain them.
wikipedia  culture  corruption  bureaucracy 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia Gamergate scandal: How a bad source made Wikipedia wrong about itself.
Last week, the Internet finally ate itself: A Wikipedia article misreported that a Wikipedia disciplinary case centered around Gamergate had concluded with the scandalous banning of feminist editors, even though the case hadn’t finished and nobody had been banned. Yet by the rules of Wikipedia, the page was correct. Scandal usually travels faster than truth, but this time it fully lapped the facts. How did this temporal paradox come to pass?
wikipedia  corruption  lying 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia editing disputes: The crowdsourced encyclopedia has become a rancorous, sexist mess.
Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer

Wikipedia is a paradox and a miracle—a crowdsourced encyclopedia that has become the default destination for nonessential information. That it has survived almost 15 years and remained the top Google result for a vast number of searches is a testament to the impressive vision of founder Jimmy Wales and the devotion of its tens of thousands of volunteer editors. But beneath its reasonably serene surface, the website can be as ugly and bitter as 4chan and as mind-numbingly bureaucratic as a Kafka story. And it can be particularly unwelcoming to women.
sexism  gender  wikipedia  corruption  propaganda 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Skepticalscience in Wikipedia | Climate Scepticism
Because Wikipedia is the ‘the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit’ it is extraordinarily subject to conflicts of interest (COI). COI-editing stretches from innocuous changes in pages of obscure scientific fields to agent-editing by Wiki-PR all the way to organized extortion rackets like Orangemoody.
climate  wikipedia  corruption  propaganda 
june 2016 by Jswindle
Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use by Jon Penney :: SSRN
RT @jon_penney: New paper: "Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use"
wikipedia  surveillance 
may 2016 by Jswindle

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