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New law would ban Wikipedia

There is a massive movement to starve-out Wikipedia, the anonymous web site where anyone can create and overlay "facts" without credentials nor accountability.  Wikipedia pollutes the search engine results with anonymous false facts, many of which are defamatory, and Wikipedia provides a platform for criminals to publish misinformation that is illegal in some countries.  This article says that Wikipedia web pollution is largely from goodwill from Google, who may need to change their motto from "do no evil":

"The analysis showed that for the week ending Feb 10, 2007, 70% of Wikipedia’s upstream visits came from search engines - 50% from Google alone."

Now we see this new Congressional Bill which would block many "bad" web sites that hurt innocent people:

"A bill introduced by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) would block social networking programs and other popular websites from computers at public libraries and computers."

Wikipedia has long been banned as a credible source for schools and universities, and this ZDNet article notes that Wikipedia has a link credibility problem as well:

"There's been a lot of justified banter about Wikipedia's ability to handle growth, the credibility of some Wikipedia entries, the ease or lack thereof of others who may wish to challenge those entries. 

Maybe it's me, but I sense a far more complex problem with Wikipedia.

That would be problems with citations that document the text of many, if not most, Wikipedia articles."

House Bill S 49 addresses the problem via pornography, a very effective method, since pornography is routinely posted by vandals on Wikipedia, and the law provides for large fines and imprisonment of the offenders.  A similar law in the 1960 effectively ended snail-mail porn, by providing tough fines and prison for offenders.

People have long suggested that the web cannot be regulated, but with the recent news where a man was extradited to foreign prison for web site content, this is changing fast.

Ultimately, it's an issue of accountability for publishing, and today's technology will soon make anonymous illegal activity a thing of the past.  It's also heartening to think that sites like Wikipedia may be forced to become accountable and abandon their anonymous nature; providing the identity and academic credentials of all of their publishers.

Wikipedia seeks to pollute the web?

It gets harder to use web searches to find valid Oracle information on the web, and opening-up web publishing to billions of people has contributed to the credibility issue. 

First it was blogging, where thousands of new Oracle-related blogs are created monthly, many of them being "Hoovers" (a Hoover is a vacuum) that crawl the web and publish blogs of Oracle keyword spam.

Now, we see a new death threat to web credibility with Wikipedia, a totally anonymous and un-credible authority that has been banned as a citation source by all respectable American universities, and for good reason.

Does Wikipedia support terrorism?

Wikipedia has also been accused of supporting terrorism, a very serious charge:

"So where the founder and CEO of Wikipedia has no problem about his editors lying to the public, he also has no problem with his editors supporting and inciting acts of terrorism.

No where will you ever find Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah described as terror organizations by Wikipedia. Wikipedia will quote the US State Department or the United Nations Security Council as saying that they are terror groups, but Wikipedia itself will only describe these organizations as "militants.""

 



 

 
 
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