Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office acknowledged today that a former staff member had edited the California Democrat’s entry on the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, as well as altered entries about her husband Richard Blum’s Chinese investments in 1997.
Other recent Wiki-tweaking was done on Rep. Richard Pombo’s bio from computers in the House of Representatives.
Wikipedia needs controls. There’s some excellent stuff there, but when anyone can edit an article, hoovering out information they don’t want public, then, over time, it’ll just become less reliable, won’t it? The open source movement does have such controls. You can write a modification to the Linux OS, but it doesn’t become part on the next version until it’s been ok’ed. Wikipedia has no such process. It needs one.
[tags] Wikipedia [/tags]