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Find out what changes the government is making to Wikipedia articles

Find out what changes the government is making to Wikipedia articles
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The next time an elected official makes changes to their Wikipedia page, you can know about it thanks to some new twitterbots.

It started when a developer named Tom Scott created a tweetbot that automatically posts to Twitter whenever computers from the U.K. Parliament make changes on Wikipedia. It tracks the changes using Parliament's IP addresses.

What is Twitter? Click this link to find out.

Scott made his bot's code open-source, which means other developers could change it to track their own governments on Wikipedia. So far, there are accounts for the U.S. Congress, Australian Parliament, Canadian government and Swedish government.

The bots track all changes made from government IP addresses, so some are pretty boring.

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@congressedits: Nevada Test and Training Range Wikipedia article edited anonymously by US House of Representatives

Other changes have nothing to do with politics and probably came from a Web-surfing intern.

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@congressedits: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Wikipedia article edit anonymously by US House of Representatives.

If you want to know what Congress is changing on Wikipedia, just follow the congress-edits account on Twitter.

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