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SourceWatch (formerly Disinfopedia) is a collaborative online wiki operated by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), an American progressive organization. According to the project's website, it "aims to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interest groups." The site runs on MediaWiki software.
Organizational information 
On behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy, the Center's then-Research Director Sheldon Rampton started SourceWatch on January 15, 2003 and launched it publicly with 200 articles created by the Center on March 10, 2003. According to SourceWatch's own statistics, it included almost 50,000 articles as of August 2010. The site's content is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
The publisher of SourceWatch is Lisa Graves, the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy.
Editorial and security policies 
The stated goals for registered users who are permitted to edit SourceWatch are "accuracy and fairness". Its editorial guidelines stress the importance of maintaining the accuracy of its source citations and admonish its editors to create articles that are "fair, accurate, and documented".
When SourceWatch began, any visitor to the site could edit existing articles and create new ones. In April 2006, SourceWatch changed its policy, requiring users to register and log in before they could edit its articles.
The Center for Media and Democracy sets the editorial and security policies under which SourceWatch operates.
- ^ "Sourcewatch.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- ^ O'Harrow, Robert (2008-05-31). "McCain Campaign Calls; a Nonprofit Steps In". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- ^ a b c "Editorial Policy," SourceWatch, last updated May 23, 2007, accessed June 25, 2007.
- ^ http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SourceWatch:Purpose.
- ^ http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SourceWatch:ContactSourceWatch (accessed August 29, 2010).
- ^ SourceWatch: Article guidelines", SourceWatch, accessed June 25, 2007.
- ^ http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SourceWatch:Contributing (accessed August 30, 2010)
- ^ For further information about editing and security policies, see also: "SourceWatch: How to Fix an Error", SourceWatch: "Errors and Complaints", and "Security", both accessed June 25, 2007.
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