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Conflict of Interest

The Wikipedia Furor keeps on brewing as the Wikiscanner uncovers who’s been wikiediting their little wikihearts out. (Okay I’ll stop now. Or is that Wikistop now? Okay stopping now for real.)

People using CIA and FBI computers have edited entries in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia on topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo prison, according to a new tracing program. The changes may violate Wikipedia’s conflict-of-interest guidelines, a spokeswoman for the site said on Thursday.

Well shocker. People with an interest of their own in the subject actually editing their own Wikipedia entries? Goodness. Gracious. What’s next, 13 year olds editing dirty words into entries about their topics for school assignments? People copying assignments off Wikipedia. In other words old news.

It’s also unclear if merely being an FBI or CIA employee means you have a conflict of interest in editing entries on the Iraq war. Is any government employee similarly not supposed to be editing entries on the War on Terror? Where exactly does it all begin or end.

Computers at numerous other organizations and companies were found to have been involved in editing articles related to them.

Uh yeah, Reuters. You mean like Reuters computers being used to take a whack at Tony Blair’s and George Bush’s entries. Funny how the Reuters story focuses on the FBI and CIA but utterly fails to acknowledge what the munchkins in their own home office have been up to.

Now that’s a conflict of interest.

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