CIA, FBI Computers Used for Wikipedia Edits

Randall Mikkelsen, Yahoo News, Aug 17, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This has caused a bit of a stir. "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." You'll probably find (ahem) some Government of Canada computers there too. Of course there are the critics. Sceptics like Gary Stager ask, "How will you explain this to your computer literacy students?" Simple? You tell them that governments, and especially unethical governments, have always manipulated the media, embedding their view of the world in everything from books to newspaper to films and television. The difference now, though, is that this propaganda can be counteracted by user edits at the source.
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