MPs ‘editing their own Wikipedia entries’

Great article by the Tom Scott on how MPs apparently try to edit their own Wikipedia pages to take out the awkward stuff like their expenses record…

http://www.tomscott.com/wikiparliament/

My favourite bit is this:

The ‘sweeping things under the carpet’ award goes to the anonymous editor of the article on Joan Ryan, the former MP for Enfield North. Ever since June 2009, someone within Parliament has been persistently trying to remove the section about Ryan’s involvement in the MPs’ expenses scandal. Sometimes the section would vanish for just a few minutes; sometimes it would disappear for weeks before being noticed and replaced — but reliably, every couple of months or so until the General Election, someone within Parliament would try and sneakily wipe the past. Except on weekends, that is, when identical blanking attempts would come from an anonymous user in Joan Ryan’s constituency of Enfield.”

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3 responses to “MPs ‘editing their own Wikipedia entries’

  1. Ha! So futile, bless her

  2. Such a decision would only be taken with wide consultation and robust safeguards on the use of the information…The Guardian 18 July 2007..The leaked Home Office note emerged yesterday as it was announced that the home secretary Jacqui Smith had waived Data Protection Act safeguards to allow the bulk transfer of data from Londons congestion charge and traffic cameras to the Metropolitan police for the specific purpose of tracking potential terrorists in and around the capital. .Voted in favour of a bill that would have exempt the The House of Commons from its own Freedom of Information Act ending the compulsory legal requirement for MPs to disclose their expenses and introducing further curbs on the release of already protected MPs correspondence…

  3. Such a decision would only be taken with wide consultation and robust safeguards on the use of the information…The Guardian 18 July 2007..The leaked Home Office note emerged yesterday as it was announced that the home secretary Jacqui Smith had waived Data Protection Act safeguards to allow the bulk transfer of data from Londons congestion charge and traffic cameras to the Metropolitan police for the specific purpose of tracking potential terrorists in and around the capital. .Voted in favour of a bill that would have exempt the The House of Commons from its own Freedom of Information Act ending the compulsory legal requirement for MPs to disclose their expenses and introducing further curbs on the release of already protected MPs correspondence…

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