WikiScanner 2.0, an incredible project to keep an eye on

WikiScanner (also known as Wikipedia Scanner) is a tool created by Virgil Griffith which consists of a publicly searchable database that links millions of anonymous Wikipedia edits to the organizations where those edits apparently originated, by cross-referencing the edits with data on the owners of the associated block of IP addresses. WikiScanner does not work on edits made under a username.

I’ve discovered this project last year when some hits came from this website virgil.fr.

I took time to read what this guy wrote. We are far away from the kiddies you may know. Virgil Griffith is a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech university and the father of the WikiScanner Project. We can call him a great hacker and WikiScanner would be probably one of the best 2007 projects.

If you still dont know what WikiScanner aims for, take a look to his talk at HOPE.

A fact is WikiScanner reveals that CIA or other organisations are connected to some Wiki’s editing and manipulation. No more words, test it yourself ...

We’ll keep watching it and report any changes as Wikiscanner 2.0 is now part of the WikiWatcher Project.

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