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.
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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)
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