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Comment on the article You think the BBC is biased? Check out Wokepedia by Andrew Orlowski in The Telegraph, 27 May 2021.


Lech S Borkowski comment in The Telegraph 28 May 2021
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Telegraph 28 May 2021

28 May 2021 1:29AM

On January 10 2021, The Telegraph published an enthusiastic review of a book about Wikipedia https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/wikipedia-has-transformed-knowledge-still-looked/

I wrote a critical comment under that article. The text was removed. I posted it later again, splitting it in two.

My comment is available here: https://lsborkowski.com/pol/2021/01/10/polish-wikipedia-and-communist-intelligence/

I was fired from a university in Poland in 2015. A Wikipedia page with my name was created one day before delivery of the letter terminating my employment. I received an email from someone informing about the Wikipedia page. I objected to it but the page was created. To mask the fact that this action was directed against me, a whole set of Wikipedia pages, nearly one hundred of them, were created for all faculty members of the Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The information was basically a copy of the most mundane information from departmental web pages. It was an obvious violation of Wikipedia rules. Part of campaign of harassment and stalking, which was here not only institutionalised but also wikipedialised. Yet, when I let member of the Wikipedia board know about it, he ignored the problem.

Wikipedia is a social medium. Any sufficiently strong group can control large parts of it. Control of entries written in less popular languages is illusory. Branches of Wikipedia in different languages reflect power structures within those languages. Wikipedia is just another tool to shape historical and political narratives.

@LechSBorkowski