Wikipedia original sin

August 15th, 2007

Right now, the server seems overloaded, but this is definitely an interesting service. A note on Wired, Vote On the Most Shameful Wikipedia Spin Jobs, describes it as follows:

“Caltech graduate student Virgil Griffith just launched an unofficial Wikipedia search tool that threatens to lay bare the ego-editing and anonymous flacking on the site. Enter the name of a corporation, organization or government entity and you get a list of IP addresses assigned to it. Then with one or two clicks, you can see all the anonymous edits made from those addresses anywhere in Wikipedia’s pages.”

Virgil is actually now a research associate at the Indiana University School of Informatics where he is a member of the the Phishing Research Group. Check out Wikiscanner.