Wikipedia Blocks Accounts Linked to Paid Edits

Wikipedia on Wednesday said that it has blocked more than 300 accounts being used by people being paid to create or tweak entries at the communally sourced online encyclopedia.

Weeks of investigation revealed 381 accounts being used at the English version of Wikipedia for “black hat” editing in which people took money to promote outside interests without disclosing they were on someone’s payroll, according to a blog post.

Wikipedia is powered mostly by volunteers and bars paid advocacy that is not disclosed, such as in the case of museums or universities having employees tune entries related to exhibits or institutions.

“Neutrality is key to ensuring Wikipedia’s quality,” Ed Erhart and Juliet Barbara of the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation said in the blog post.

“Although it does not happen often, undisclosed paid advocacy editing may represent a serious conflict of interest and could compromise the quality of content on Wikipedia.”

Along with blocking the 381 “sockpuppet” accounts, Wikipedia editors deleted 210 articles created by people using those accounts. There was a potential for more entries to be removed as the investigation continued.

“Most of these articles, which were related to businesses, business people, or artists, were generally promotional in nature, and often included biased or skewed information, unattributed material, and potential copyright violations,” Erhart and Barbara said.

“The edits made by the sockpuppets are similar enough that the community believes they were perpetrated by one coordinated group.”

The accounts identified in during the investigation were used from the end of April to early August, but the nature and quality of the nature and quality of edits suggested that the paid-scheme was operating “for some time” before being discovered, according to Wikipedia.

A team of volunteers tends to Wikipedia entries, which rely on crowd-sourcing for accuracy.

“Editing Wikipedia is completely free, and only requires compliance with the project’s editorial guidelines,” Erhart and Barbara said.

“No one should ever have to pay to create or maintain a Wikipedia article.”

Land Rover Transparent Trailer Technology And Cargo Sense App Unveiled

Land Rover Transparent Trailer Technology And Cargo Sense App

Land Rover has unveiled new see-through trailer concept technology it has been developing that allows the removal or the blind stop created when towing behind your vehicle. Together with a new Cargo Sense App that can be used on your smartphone.

The Land Rover Transparent Trailer system is currently in its prototype development stage and like other we have featured here on Geeky Gadgets combines the video feed from the vehicle’s existing surround camera system.

Land Rover Transparent Trailer Technology

The Land Rover system utilises the reversing camera and a camera on each wing mirror with a video from a digital wireless camera that is placed on the rear of the trailer or caravan. Watch the video below learn more.

Features of the new system include :

– Makes a trailer or caravan appear see-through when being towed
– Removes the blind spot created when towing, making overtaking safer and help trailer manoeuvring by improving visibility
– Cargo Sense App allows drivers to monitor the status of the trailer and cargo remotely via smartphone
– Sensors on the floor of a trailer could alert the driver if the load  is shifting, or if a horse is in distress – reducing the potential for accidents and injuries
– Technology prototype in a Range Rover research vehicle will be demonstrated at the Burghley Horse Trials 3rd – 6th September