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Manipulation among the arbiters of collective intelligence: How wikipedia administrators mold public opinion
Abstract Our reliance on networked, collectively buOur reliance on networked, collectively built information is a vulnerability when the quality or reliability of this information is poor. Wikipedia, one such collectively built information source, is often our first stop for information on all kinds of topics; its quality has stood up to many tests, and it prides itself on having a "Neutral Point of View". Enforcement of neutrality is in the hands of comparatively few, powerful administrators. We find a surprisingly large number of editors who change their behavior and begin focusing more on a particular controversial topic once they are promoted to administrator status. The conscious and unconscious biases of these few, but powerful, administrators may be shaping the information on many of the most sensitive topics on Wikipedia; some may even be explicitly infiltrating the ranks of administrators in order to promote their own points of view. Neither prior history nor vote counts during an administrator's election can identify those editors most likely to change their behavior in this suspicious manner. We find that an alternative measure, which gives more weight to influential voters, can successfully reject these suspicious candidates. This has important implications for how we harness collective intelligence: even if wisdom exists in a collective opinion (like a vote), that signal can be lost unless we carefully distinguish the true expert voter from the noisy or manipulative voter. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).
Abstractsub Our reliance on networked, collectively buOur reliance on networked, collectively built information is a vulnerability when the quality or reliability of this information is poor. Wikipedia, one such collectively built information source, is often our first stop for information on all kinds of topics; its quality has stood up to many tests, and it prides itself on having a "Neutral Point of View". Enforcement of neutrality is in the hands of comparatively few, powerful administrators. We find a surprisingly large number of editors who change their behavior and begin focusing more on a particular controversial topic once they are promoted to administrator status. The conscious and unconscious biases of these few, but powerful, administrators may be shaping the information on many of the most sensitive topics on Wikipedia; some may even be explicitly infiltrating the ranks of administrators in order to promote their own points of view. Neither prior history nor vote counts during an administrator's election can identify those editors most likely to change their behavior in this suspicious manner. We find that an alternative measure, which gives more weight to influential voters, can successfully reject these suspicious candidates. This has important implications for how we harness collective intelligence: even if wisdom exists in a collective opinion (like a vote), that signal can be lost unless we carefully distinguish the true expert voter from the noisy or manipulative voter. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Doi 10.1145/2505515.2505566  +
Has author Sanmay Das + , Lavoie A. + , Malik Magdon-Ismail +
Has extra keyword Collective intelligences + , Controversial topic + , Information sources + , Manipulation + , Most likely + , Neutral points + , Public opinions + , Wikipedia + , Knowledge management + , Social networking (online) + , Social aspects +
Has keyword Manipulation + , Social network + , Wikipedia +
Isbn 9781450322638  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 1097–1106  +
Published in International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings +
Title Manipulation among the arbiters of collective intelligence: How wikipedia administrators mold public opinion +
Type conference paper  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 03:16:12  +
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DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2013  +
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