- There is a proposal to remove Wikipedia from Russia.
- Russia pays to falsify information of the Kremlin foes on the Wikipedia.
- Russia targets users with high editing privileges.
The Kremlin has proposed to remove Wikipedia from Russia. According to the suggestion, Wikipedia is not sufficiently corresponding to the ideological course of the United Russia Party and the government. It is suggested to replace Wikipedia with a digital equivalent of the Great Russian encyclopedia.
Replacing Wikipedia with the Great Russian Encyclopedia is not a good idea for the Russian populous. First, the number of articles in Wikipedia exceeds 1.6 million. In comparison, the Great Russian Encyclopedia has under 100,000 articles.
Additionally, placing a certain amount of data on the Internet does not mean that this source is popular or authoritative. The Great Russian Encyclopedia has a very small internet presence. Furthermore, it is highly likely that Roskomnadzor will declare Wikipedia as extremist material and block it on the territory of the Russian Federation.
The structure of Wikipedia is that it does not have an owner. The articles are created, supplemented, and edited by users themselves, 99% of whom are anonymous. However, within this network-based, self-managed, and self-regulated project, there is still a hierarchy of authors. The higher the status of the participant is determined by the amount of contribution to the development of the project.
Basically, anyone reading these lines, even without registration, can change the content of any Wiki page. However, these edits will take effect and become visible to users only after they are approved by an online monitor.
Users who have the administrator status can delete articles written by other users and ban participants who have been detected in vandalism. In short, the higher the status, the more influence the editor has on the content of the digital encyclopedia.
Jimmy Wales, who invented Wikipedia, believed that this structure protects the project from political influence and censorship. After all, the authors of Wikipedia are anonymous. The Kremlin found a way to circumvent the rules.
Some of the users with high privileges received high paying offers to change and edit the information of the political opposition and Kremlin foes. Paid editing is not prohibited in Wikipedia, but there is a caveat. According to the rules, the editor must publicly declare his affiliation.
This information became available via Michael Gruznov, who himself used to edit for WikiLeaks Russia. Additionally, the United Russia Party favorites get only positive edits and information.
It is clear that Russia will not play by the rules. The Kremlin will continue using proxies to hack or manipulate data and information. It is all for sale, if you are no in the right party or supporter.
The individual will end up charged with false crimes, possibly of the murder staged as suicide. The list goes on. The corruption and dictatorship is not what democracy should be. Russia is not free and it continues to revert back to the day of the Iron Curtain.