Wikis have been around for a long time on the Web. It's taken a while for them to transform from geek tool to a mainstream word, but we're here now.
In the past few days since, I've come to believe that Wikis are doomed unless they start thinking about security in a more serious way.
Last week, John Seigenthaler, assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the early 1960's, wrote an article in USA Today about how for 132 days, he was a victim to Internet character assasination - courtesy Wikipedia.
Wikipedia has since changed its rules and now requires registration prior to any postings. ICANN Wiki needs to follow, as do any serious Wikis that want users to treat their content as reliable.
Registration alone as a preventative measure is unlikely to solve the underlying problem — what to do when collective knowledge pooling is poisoned by bad actors? Wikis allow posting spurious, damaging or bad content about someone else so much easier than literally any other method. And if companies and individuals don't pay close notice, their reputation can be smothered, or worse.
Is it time for paid Wiki Marshalls who will keep the peace?
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