Posted Sep 21, 2007 09:37 pm CDT
New software has exposed the apparent edits being made to Wikipedia law firm listings by not-so-wily insiders.
Contributions to the online encyclopedia, which is made up of information provided (and edited) by those who visit the Wikipedia site, used to be anonymous. But now new software allows the Web addresses of contributors to be identified, reports New York Lawyer (reg. req.), in a reprint of a Legal Times article.
Perhaps not surprisingly, many of those providing information seem to be doing so about their own law firms, the article says. “Some are humorous, like the Ropes & Gray editor who described the firm’s summer associate program as a litany of ‘baseball games, theater, and epic parties in Boston to begin and end a summer of ecstacy [sic].’
“But on Covington & Burling’s Wikipedia page, several entries have been edited or deleted altogether, most notably info about the firm’s lobbying on behalf of Halliburton.”