When US State Representative Ramon A Perez says he didn't mean to print a screenshot of a Wikipedia page with open porn tabs, we believe him. When he says that he didn't realise the open porn tabs were visible when he handed out the page, we believe him. When he says that he didn't personally take the screenshot, it's a little harder for us to believe him.
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If you searched on Bing maps last week for Melbourne, you would have instead been re-directed to a spot in the North Pacific Ocean, off the East coast of Japan.
How did this happen? Bing was using inaccurate information from Wikipedia, namely, Wikipedia didn't include the all-important South on the co-ordinates.
Over 1200 amateur snappers have already submitted images to Wikimedia Australia's Wiki Loves Earth photography competition, which also serves as a conduit for Wikipedia to populate its massive catalogue of Australian articles. There's a week left in the competition, and a few small prizes are up for grabs alongside the general good karma of helping out the world's largest repository of knowledge.
If you have data, you can find a weird and wonderful way to visualise it. Take real-time changes to Wikipedia, something that would normally be presented in a rather dry, analytical form, has been transformed into a live musical performance composed of additions, subtractions and new user registrations.
After fifteen years of providing 11th-hour copy+paste material for high schoolers, the English-language version of Wikipedia has just hit a milestone: five million articles.
Wikipedia is no stranger to scandals, but a quiet update on its administrators' announcement board reveals a big problem. The site's CheckUser team recently banned 381 editors' accounts for "undisclosed paid advocacy". In other words, these Wikipedians were secretly shilling for brands and even resorting to extortion.
As ubiquitous as high-speed data connections have become, there are still occasions when you won't have as much connectivity as you might like, mostly while travelling and roaming abroad. If you want some reading material to pass the time while you're squeezed for bandwidth, the official Wikipedia apps for iOS and Android let you save articles for offline access.
Last week, we found out that someone at NYPD headquarters was manipulating Wikipedia articles on police violence. The NYPD has identified two officers behind the police-friendly entries — and is doing shit-all about these on-the-clock edits.
Last week, we found out that someone at New York Police Department headquarters was manipulating Wikipedia articles on police violence to make themselves look better. The NYPD has identified two officers behind the police-friendly entries — and is doing shit-all about these on-the-clock edits.