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WikiWarMonitor is a website that is part of the European Commission, CORDIS FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme), ICT (Information and communications technology), FET-Open (Future and Emerging Technologies Open Scheme) supported project called ICTeCollective (Harnessing ICT-enabled Collective Social Beaviour). WikiWarMonitor aims at locating, ranking, characterising, predicting and finding ways to resolve Wikipedia edit wars. It is made up by a group of researchers of the Oxford Internet Institute, Rutgers University and the Central European University. Using an algorithm that detects and classifies Wikipedia editing wars in different language versions of Wikipedia, editing conflicts get modeled statistically. It studies the dynamical features of editorial wars in Wikipedia under the scope of collective social behavior and social disputes
According to CORDIS, as a whole, the objective of ICT research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) (which ICTeCollectiveis/WikiWarMonitor are part of) is "to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met."
Using their algorithm, the website also publishes a list of top-100 most controversial Wikipedia articles in 13 different languages. One of their findings was that the editorial conflicts vary according to the language and are endless when it comes to terms like 'Homosexuality' or individuals such as the former American President George W. Bush.
Top 100 controversial articles in English wikipedia
WikiWarMonitor list of top 100 controversial articles in English Wikipedia as of 2013:
George W. Bush, Anarchism, Muhammad, List of World Wrestling Entertainment employees, Global warming, Circumcision, United States, Jesus, Race and intelligence, Christianity, Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Islam, Intelligent design, Adolf Hitler, Falun Gong, European Union, Abortion, Kosovo, Islamophobia, September 11 attacks, John Kerry, Transnistria, Chiropractic, Macedonians (ethnic group), Homeopathy, Srebrenica massacre, Scientology, Capitalism,
Japan, Israel and the apartheid analogy, Israel, Prem Rawat, White people, Catholic Church, Ann Coulter, Jehovah's Witnesses, Hamas, Jimmy Wales, Elvis Presley, Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin, Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, John Howard, Black people, India, List of Barney & Friends episodes and videos, 2006 Lebanon War, Evolution, Assyrian people, Republic of Macedonia, Wikipedia, United Kingdom,
Socialism, Ayn Rand, Developed country, Holodomor, Freemasonry, Fox News Channel, Libertarianism, World War II, Fascism, Afghanistan, Deaths in 2008, Moldova, Ron Paul, Canada, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Iran, Wii, Armenian Genocide, British Isles, Britney Spears, Banu Qurayza, Mexico, United States and state terrorism, Lyndon LaRouche, John Cena, Nicolaus Copernicus, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution,
Turkey, Akatsuki (Naruto), 9/11 conspiracy theories, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Atheism, Ward Churchill, Islam and antisemitism, Scotland, Quebec, God, Homosexuality, International recognition of Kosovo, Creation Science, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Ronald Reagan, Northern Ireland, The Used, Northern Cyprus, Truth.
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- Dynamics of conflicts in Wikipedia T. Yasseri, R. Sumi, A. Rung, A. Kornai, and J. Kertész, PLoS ONE 7(6): e38869 (2012).
- Opinions, Conflicts and Consensus: Modeling Social Dynamics in a Collaborative Environment J. Török, G. Iñiguez, T. Yasseri, M. San Miguel, K. Kaski and J. Kertész, Physical Review Letters 110(8), 088701 (2013).
- The Most Controversial Topics in Wikipedia: A Multilingual and Geographical Analysis T. Yasseri, A. SPoerri, M. Graham, and J. Kertész, Scarecrow Press (2014), (Forthcoming).
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