Wikipedia wars

NAIROBI: At the risk of turning this blog into something of a love-in, my pal Andrew Heavens in Khartoum has a great post about attempts to doctor the Darfur entry on Wikipedia. He was searching for a yarn that would implicate the Sudanese government – or a crack band of Janjaweed hackers – in rewriting history. (My money would be on the good folks at the Save Darfur Coalition). Instead he found…

…the most persistent sabotage effort on the Darfur entry to date was mounted by the students of the Oakland Schools of Farmington, Michigan, U.S.A. Through February this year, and on one occasion last year, people logged on to their computer network made 18 changes to the Wikipedia entry on Darfur. They had great fun inserting the word “not” into sentences like “While a recent British Parliamentary Report estimates that over 300,000 people have already died” – changing it to “While a recent British Parliamentary Report estimates that over 300,000 people have not already died”. Others enjoyed themselves spraying the entry with Wiki graffiti – “{{main|History of Darfur}} (chow has a very small penis)”. 

I was considering writing my own Wikipedia page but with people like Andrew on the case, and the students of Oakland ready to cast aspersions on my manhood, it is probably not worth it.


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