What it is:

Wiki Scanner is a computer program, developed by Virgil Griffith, which allows users to trace anonymous edits back to their source (by honing in on the IP address used when making the edit in question).

Implications:

This program makes it possible to shine light on covert efforts made by big companies/agencies (the CIA being an example in the article linked to above) to tailor Wikipedia entries to their liking. This particular example is not at all surprising. Of course the CIA attempts to control information. That's practically their mission statement.

On a less serious level, Wikipedia administrators can more easily identify trolls/troublemakers and stop them from further damaging entries.



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