Why is Wiki putting up barriers?

7 December 2005

You can no longer pass by Wikipedia and make a quick edit.  

Is this a result of inaccurate accusations regarding the assasination of JFK? Or is it in response to critics who complain about the quality of Wikipedia entries? Or, horror of horrors, a huge step towards censorship of what is arguably the most powerful example of peer-led information on the web? 

The mind boggles...

"Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia which allowed any user to instantaneously make changes to submitted articles, even delete entries, regardless of whether that person has any expertise in the subject or not, has announced a new set of rules. From now on, it will force users into first registering and login in order to be able to upload new articles on the Wikipedia encyclopedia."

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Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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