An article in today’s Chronicle of Higher Ed profiles Wikiscanner, a database created by one Virgil Griffith that allows you to track anonymous Wikipedia edits to their source by page title, organization, or IP range. In other words, this an excellent way to demonstrate 1) the way corporations, private entities, famous types, government offices, etcetera are crafty with their public images and 2) the never-ending subtlety/bias wars of contentious Wikipedia entries.
It seems that Wikiscanner’s search functions are totally overloaded at the moment due to the Chronicle exposure, and the article title engine has been temporarily disabled. However, the list of “Editor’s Picks” is stable and sources page edits that originated at Fox News, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Church of Scientology, among others.
NPR also just released a story on Wikiscanner.