Eurovision, Wikipedia and Privacy

Ever wonder what telecom technocrats in Geneva think about?

Me neither, but thanks to Wikipedia’s “history” function, you can get an idea.

Sitting in a joint conference organized by the European Broadcasting Union and the International Telecommunications Union, I decided to see what Wikipedia entries people at this institution’s IP address decided to edit.

People using the EBU network (we do not know if they are employees, just that they used the network) have shared knowledge on Wikipedia by editing articles on:

Holidays and holiday destinations: Denmark public holidays, Sharm el-Sheikh (→SCUBA and Water Sports), Buncrana (a town in Ireland)
Bands: Rush, Wings, Guillemots
Films: Croupier, Blade Runner, The Smurfs
Authors: Irvine Welsh (author of Trainspotting)
Video Games: The Sims 2
Diseases: Sickle-cell disease, Diabetes mellitus
Food-related bacteria: Bacillus coagulans, folic acid
Dietary supplements: Probiotic
Mortality: Deaths in 2007
Shopping: List of toothpaste brands
Broadcasting standards: DVB, DVB-H, DVB-T, ATSC, Digital terrestrial television

My point is that people may have unwittingly provided information about themselves and their organization.

Google recently announced that due to concerns raised by European privacy regulators, it will reduce to 18 months the length of time before search data is made anonymous.

On Wikipedia, I have found some entries with histories dating back to 2001. Will Wikipedia be forced to make a similar concession on privacy?

Full list of EBU edits below

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The full list of EBU network edits.

IP Address: 193.43.93.1
* 13:06, 12 June 2007 (hist) (diff) Croupier (film) (top)
* 12:51, 5 June 2007 (hist) (diff) Public holidays in Denmark (→Public holidays) (top)
* 12:50, 5 June 2007 (hist) (diff) Public holidays in Denmark (→Other special days)
* 12:49, 5 June 2007 (hist) (diff) Public holidays in Denmark (→Other special days)
* 12:10, 28 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Canisius High School (→Sports and Traditions)
* 15:17, 27 May 2007 (hist) (diff) List of toothpaste brands (top)
* 13:07, 26 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Audioslave (→”Revelations”, RATM and Cornell’s departure (2006–2007))
* 13:05, 26 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Audioslave (→”Revelations”, RATM and Cornell’s departure (2006–2007))
* 17:51, 21 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Peer-to-peer (→External links)
* 17:48, 21 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Peer-to-peer (→External links)
* 17:42, 21 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Peer-to-peer (→External links)
* 14:09, 15 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Application programming interface (→Some example API’s)
* 14:08, 15 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Application programming interface (→Some example API’s)
* 10:08, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Sharm el-Sheikh (→SCUBA and Water Sports)
* 10:07, 14 May 2007 (hist) (diff) Sharm el-Sheikh (→SCUBA and Water Sports)
* 13:36, 27 April 2007 (hist) (diff) Buncrana
* 09:20, 27 April 2007 (hist) (diff) The Smurfs (→Other media)
* 09:19, 27 April 2007 (hist) (diff) The Smurfs (→Other media)
* 08:17, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) DVB
* 08:14, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) Mark Langford
* 08:06, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) DVB-H
* 08:05, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) DVB-H
* 07:58, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→External links)
* 07:57, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) DVB-H
* 07:55, 11 April 2007 (hist) (diff) DVB (→External links)
* 13:39, 23 March 2007 (hist) (diff) ATSC (→Other Systems)
* 09:31, 21 March 2007 (hist) (diff) Deaths in 2007
* 09:31, 21 March 2007 (hist) (diff) Deaths in 2007
* 10:13, 8 March 2007 (hist) (diff) Guillemots (band)
* 16:45, 12 February 2007 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→Analogue to digital transition)
* 16:27, 6 February 2007 (hist) (diff) European Broadcasting Union
* 11:56, 17 January 2007 (hist) (diff) Über
* 09:05, 12 January 2007 (hist) (diff) Irvine Welsh (→Film and stage)
* 15:23, 11 January 2007 (hist) (diff) Los Angeles Galaxy (→Television and radio)
* 08:58, 4 January 2007 (hist) (diff) Digital television in Europe (→HDTV)
* 15:40, 20 December 2006 (hist) (diff) Blade Runner (→Sequels)
* 08:35, 24 November 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-SSP)
* 12:44, 26 October 2006 (hist) (diff) 720p (→720p versus 1080i)
* 12:45, 24 October 2006 (hist) (diff) Probiotic
* 14:51, 23 October 2006 (hist) (diff) List of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
* 14:49, 23 October 2006 (hist) (diff) Red Crescent of Bosnia and Herzegovina
* 14:49, 23 October 2006 (hist) (diff) Red Crescent of Bosnia and Herzegovina (→References)
* 09:16, 17 October 2006 (hist) (diff) Lactobacillus sporogenes
* 08:41, 17 October 2006 (hist) (diff) Lactobacillus sporogenes
* 12:31, 5 October 2006 (hist) (diff) Degrees of freedom (statistics) (→Residuals)
* 09:27, 28 September 2006 (hist) (diff) Play-by-mail game (→Postal gaming)
* 13:17, 11 September 2006 (hist) (diff) Fundamental analysis (→See also)
* 12:38, 11 September 2006 (hist) (diff) Stock market (→Investment strategies)
* 10:55, 15 August 2006 (hist) (diff) Hazlehurst, Mississippi (→Famous people)
* 10:55, 15 August 2006 (hist) (diff) Hazlehurst, Mississippi (→Famous people)
* 13:05, 11 August 2006 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→Table)
* 13:01, 11 August 2006 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→DTT Around the world)
* 13:59, 7 August 2006 (hist) (diff) Diabetes mellitus (→Epidemiology and statistics)
* 14:22, 19 July 2006 (hist) (diff) Foreign Broadcast Information Service (→Further reading)
* 14:17, 19 July 2006 (hist) (diff) Open Source Center (→Sources)
* 10:48, 12 July 2006 (hist) (diff) The Sims 2 (→Strangetown)
* 13:54, 23 June 2006 (hist) (diff) DNA microarray (→Relation between probe and gene)
* 14:35, 21 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Nutrigenomics
* 14:35, 21 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Nutrigenomics
* 13:13, 19 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Media dispatch group
* 10:22, 16 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Blood type (→Compatibility)
* 10:06, 16 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Folic acid (→Dietary fortification of folic acid)
* 13:23, 15 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Wings (band) (→History)
* 13:15, 13 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Centromere (→Function)
* 08:23, 13 June 2006 (hist) (diff) Rush (band) (→Geddy Lee)
* 15:57, 7 June 2006 (hist) (diff) 3:10 to Yuma (1957 film) (→Reception)
* 14:18, 30 May 2006 (hist) (diff) Gene (→External links)
* 15:28, 11 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-H Service Launches)
* 15:27, 11 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-H Service Launches)
* 15:27, 11 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-H Service Launches)
* 15:18, 11 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-H Trials)
* 13:35, 4 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB (→External links)
* 13:32, 4 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-T (→External links)
* 13:22, 4 May 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→Other links)
* 17:00, 3 May 2006 (hist) (diff) 720p (→720p versus 1080i)
* 15:26, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→DTT Around the world)
* 15:21, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→Table)
* 14:01, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) Multimedia Home Platform (→External links)
* 14:00, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) Globally Executable MHP
* 13:59, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable Application Platform
* 13:58, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable
* 13:57, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable
* 13:56, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable
* 13:53, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable (→External links)
* 13:52, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable (→See also)
* 13:52, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) OpenCable
* 13:47, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→External links)
* 13:43, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-T
* 13:42, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB (→External links)
* 13:41, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-H Trials)
* 13:38, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→The official DVB-H website of the DVB Project)
* 13:38, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→The official DVB-H website of the DVB Project)
* 13:36, 18 April 2006 (hist) (diff) DVB-H (→DVB-H Trials)
* 13:03, 6 March 2006 (hist) (diff) List of digital television deployments by country (→General)
* 13:06, 28 February 2006 (hist) (diff) High-definition television (→References)
* 10:08, 10 February 2006 (hist) (diff) Digital terrestrial television (→External links)
* 15:12, 10 January 2006 (hist) (diff) Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (→References)
* 09:35, 24 November 2005 (hist) (diff) List of digital television deployments by country
* 09:33, 24 November 2005 (hist) (diff) DVB
* 09:32, 24 November 2005 (hist) (diff) DVB
* 16:21, 23 November 2005 (hist) (diff) T-DMB
* 10:10, 21 November 2005 (hist) (diff) DVB-H
* 12:18, 18 November 2005 (hist) (diff) Evolution (film) (→Plot)
* 15:34, 17 November 2005 (hist) (diff) DVB-H
* 15:09, 17 November 2005 (hist) (diff) DVB-H
* 10:01, 4 November 2005 (hist) (diff) May 1968 (→Slogans and graffiti)
* 14:13, 2 November 2005 (hist) (diff) BWF
* 09:35, 20 September 2005 (hist) (diff) Sickle-cell disease (→Genetics)

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2 responses to “Eurovision, Wikipedia and Privacy

  1. I think this whole issue is one in need of deep discussion. I wrote about it here: http://www.unboundedition.com/content/view/741/50/

  2. The trouble with removing this information is that it’s the copyright attribution for the contribution.

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