Thursday, August 16, 2007

well, well, well...

... it looks like my tax dollars were going to pay whoever had been changing Jeff Watson's Wikipedia entry from a House of Commons IP address to try to cover up his very troubling involvement in a politically motivated criminal trial this past winter.

And he wasn't the only one.
"WikiScanner, a website launched on Monday by a U.S. graduate student, shows that changes to articles originated from computers inside a variety of government offices...

... a significant number of edits were made to articles about politicians that removed criticisms, added positive comments and, in some cases, inserted negative comments to the pages of political rivals...

MPs whose Wikipedia pages were significantly altered include Toronto-area Liberal Dan McTeague, Calgary Conservative Jason Kenney and Southern Ontario Conservative Jeff Watson, who serves on the Commons' access to information, privacy and ethics committee. ...
(emphasis mine -- and you must be joking.)


"It can be detrimental to the subject of an article that has information that casts you in a negative light or brings up events that you would rather forget about; hence, the desire to modify the entries so that particular events are recast or deleted altogether. You can't do this with Encyclopedia Britannica, but you can do this with Wikipedia," Mr. Broadhead said. "But to be seen deleting factual information - to me that borders on being scandalous."

Really! Borders on scandalous, you say? I wonder how he feels about politicians involved in frivolous criminal trials.

Maybe if these politicians spent more time acting responsibly they wouldn't have to devote so many resources to removing facts - yes, documented facts, from their entries.

And one more thing...
One user, with an IP address that points to a government office in Ottawa, removed Wikipedia's entire entry on homosexuality several times on July 20, 2005, and replaced it with such sentences as: "Homosexuality is evil," "Homosexuality is wrong according to the Bible" and "Homosexuals need our help and counselling." The IP address responsible for that edit continued to deface the entry on homosexuality a total of 24 times between July, 2005, and July, 2006, and also edited more than 500 other Wikipedia articles on topics such as epidemiology, Ebola and Deal or No Deal (a TV game show starring a Canadian host).

Wonderful - and they were banning Facebook???

1 comment:

NB taxpayer said...

At least they were kinda being productive. I stress the word "kinda". LOL!

I can remember a time [under Chretien's rule] when a few backbench offices on the third floor of the west block had advisors playing card games and Tetris on their computer all afternoon. And you wonder why us conservatives were bitter grumblers back in those days. ;-)