Who's editing wikipedia?

Some Caltech graduate dude made a program to find out.

Griffith thus downloaded the entire encyclopedia, isolating the XML-based records of anonymous changes and IP addresses. He then correlated those IP addresses with public net-address lookup services such as ARIN, as well as private domain-name data provided by IP2Location.com.

The result: A database of 34.4 million edits, performed by 2.6 million organizations or individuals ranging from the CIA to Microsoft to Congressional offices, now linked to the edits they or someone at their organization’s net address has made.

Some of this appears to be transparently self-interested, either adding positive, press release-like material to entries, or deleting whole swaths of critical material.

You can search his results here.

One Response to “Who's editing wikipedia?”

  1.   R-bot
    August 22nd, 2007 | 1:12 am

    My favourites.
    The entry on President Bush “IS TAINTED BY POLITICAL BIAS THAT HAS NO PLACE IN WIKIPEDIA,” shouts an unbiased critic … from the Justice Department in Washington D.C.

    and some dick with a republican party IP deleted the entire “Harry Potter” entry and replaced it with a single sentence: “Snape is the half-blood prince and kills Dumbledore.”

    Awesome.

    also some CIA geek fixed the lyrics to a song out of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cool.