Tuesday, August 28, 2007

[TIPS] wikiscanner - get this!

MANY thanks to Dan Berger for sharing this with me. I'll post it just as he sent it to me:
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What it is, is a site (setup up by a 24 year old Grad student) to link anonymous wikipedia edits with the organizations "owning" the IP ranges from which the edits where made. Even though we've probably suspected it, this data-mining project lifts the curtain on that fact that organizations are doctoring their wikipedia entries. What I am fascinated by is the fact that it does lift the curtain so that companies can no longer hide behind anonymity when "white washing" their entries.
Enjoy,
Dan

The wikiscanner search engine that "reveals all"
http://wikiscanner.virgil.gr/

A "best of list" from Wired Magazine
http://wired.reddit.com/wikidgame/

An example: Diebold attempting to wipe out references to security
issues with voting machines. (theirs!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?diff=prev%26oldid=28623410

3 comments:

Karen Janowski said...

Takes transparency to new heights! Another teachable opportunity to present to our students as part of digital literacy.
Jim, you are always on the lookout for new tools and strategies that help us with our learners.
Thanks!

Karen Janowski said...

Jim,
Tried to get into your links but was unable - needed to provide username and password.

Jim Gates said...

Thanks Karen. This was a case of Outlook (don't get me started) messing with the url's to include the url of our webmail server. THe correct url was in there, but at the end of the link. I've fixed that now.