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Japanese bureaucrat gets reprimand for Wikipedia contributions

A Japanese bureaucrat was so obsessed with the animated series Gundam that he contributed 260 times to the Japanese language Wikipedia page on the topic.

A Japanese bureaucrat was so obsessed with the popular animated series Gundam that he contributed 260 times to the Japanese language Wikipedia page on the topic. He has been reprimanded for shirking his duties in favor of the Wikipedia contributions about the robots, officials said.

Here's an Excerpt from BusinessWeek:

The agriculture ministry verbally reprimanded five other bureaucrats who contributed to entries on movies, typographical mistakes in billboard signs and local politics. The six employees together made 408 entris on the popular Internet encyclopedia from ministry computers since 2003.

The quote of the day is from ministry official Tsutomu Shimomura, who said, "The agriculture ministry is not in charge of Gundam."

The ministry did not object to employees making limited contributions on World Trade Organization and free trade agreements. The reprimands came only after an internal probe was launched after recent media allegations of Japanese public servants contributing to the Web encyclopedia.

In the meantime, no more Wikipedia for everyone. Shimomura said, "The agriculture ministry [has] issued an order prohibiting employees from accessing Wikipedia at work, while disabling access to the site from the ministry."

In an age where social networking is the norm, and more CEOs are taking to blogging, where do we should draw the line between normal usage and abuse?

About Paul Mah

Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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