January 18, 2022

Canada: “Federal Government Went on ‘Draconian Witch Hunts’ After News Stories on Wikipedia Edits By Bureaucrats”

From the National Post:

The federal government went on “draconian witch hunts” to find bureaucrats who made Wikipedia edits that were the subject of negative media reports, researchers found.

“Public managers responding to the editing instigated draconian witch hunts to identify the civil servants that completed the edits and dedicated considerable resources to media management strategies in response to negative journalistic coverage of these edits,” reads a research paper published Sunday in

The authors, Carleton University professor Amanda Clarke and University of Ottawa professor Elizabeth Dubois, did an in-depth study of @gccaedits, a Twitter bot that automatically reports edits made on Wikipedia originating from federal government IP addresses.

Read the Complete Article (approx. 520 words)


The Article Discussed in the National Post Article is Available, Full Text Online (Open Access).

See: “Digital Era Open Government and Democratic Governance: The Case of Government of Canada Wikipedia Editing” (via Canadian Public Administration)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.