This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.
The entire German-language version of Wikipedia (wikipedia.de) has been ordered offline by a German court. The family of the infamous, dead hacker “Tron” has sued to keep Tron’s real name from being published, and requested all content from the entire site, not just the offensive entry, pulled:
Analysts said it would be difficult to keep Boris F.’s surname private, particularly on a site renowned for its access and ability by readers to modify and edit information on the fly. “One can understand that they may not want their late son to be remembered in this way, so one can feel some sympathy towards their point of view,” said Graham Cluley of London-based Sophos, a consulting firm. “But in the age of the Internet it doesn’t make much difference closing down a Web page which redirects to the Wikipedia Web site when the information is freely available via other routes.”
And indeed, this story says that “by going to http://www.wikipedia.org , and clicking on the German language link, users can still access German content.”
In related news, the Washington Post removed one of the paper’s blogs, not because the blogger said anything inaccurate or incorrect, but because readers got so pissed off that they filled up the comments with — beware, gentle reader! — many, many nasty words.