WikipediaGate. So: Why is it called "Gate"?

Okay, I know. I’m from the ‘Watergate‘ era, during the Nixon years.

Since then, we’ve had:

Now I’m hearing WikipediaGate.

Essentially, it describes the situation created when an article is edited to benefit an individual or organization. This could be someone who writes their own, inflating their contributions, an organization removing unfavorable bits about itself (or hiding the truth entirely), or any number of similar, FBO entries.

Up until recently, most anyone with an account could edit an article on Wikipedia. Entries and updates were rudimentarily tracked.

Then, along came WikiScanner, a nifty tool that tracks who (by IP and other means) posted what, when and where.

Allegedly, CIA and FBI computers were used to edit posts in Wikipedia. Topics include the Iraq situation and the prison at Guantanamo.

Not that I’m political (I’m really not), but: why would the government want to change articles?

As the changes will likely violate Wikipedia’s conflict-of-interest guidelines (duh), I suspect we’ll hear more about this by the outraged web as time goes by.

Reuters: "CIA, FBI computers used for Wikipedia edits".

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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