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New tool exposes self-edits in Wikipedia

August 16, 2007

By John Blau
IDG News Service
August 16, 2007

A word of caution about editing entries “anonymously” in Wikipedia: a tool has been developed that can show who made the changes.

Virgil Griffith, who will be a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology starting in September, has developed Wikipedia Scanner, a search tool that traces the IP (Internet Protocol) address of people who make edits to the online encyclopedia.

While Wikipedia allows anyone to make edits, it keeps detailed logs of the changes made. …

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