Aiki Wiki, Wikipedia We Have a Problem update, pt 1
Welcome back. 2021 update.
Since 2013, I have become a little “notorious” in a few Wikipedia editing circles for publishing a case study regarding “editor suppression” on Wikipedia.
This involved years of investigating, even exposing, a “troll farm” operating within the Wikipedia community, even sanctioned by a small handful of senior Wikipedia editors, that work many “MediaWiki” platforms similar to Wikipedia in various political and social misinformation campaigns.
I intentionally engaged in field research in two “wiki-war” phenomena occurring on Wikipedia as this was essential for the completion of Aiki Wiki, a platform for large scale consensus building.
While I knew I was engaging with individuals with problematic and non-collaborative personalities, I was not expecting the extreme harassment which followed for years, and in many ways, to this very day.
There is no question that this harassment and misinformation campaign waged against me by the very troll farm I exposed directly impacted my professional life, especially the development timeline of Aiki Wiki.
In 2013, I was originally hoping to publish a case study on “wiki wars” and then launch a large crowdfunding campaign to raise revenue to build Aiki Wiki.
I had every reason to predict success.
In 2013, I had a pristine reputation on line, gave what at the time was labeled the most popular TEDx talk on the TED platform, sold my first company, and I was also at the time a leading viral and media strategist, responsible for launching some of the largest viral campaigns in the world, including numerous Super Bowl campaigns.
I was also a newly funded founder of another technology start-up in an industry I was even a whistleblower in for calling out fraud.
I built a professional career on distinguishing bullshit from real technology, and had the funding to prove it.
Very quickly, my plan was halted and my own professional narrative was “stolen” through a misinformation and harassment campaign waged against me for publishing a case study into consensus building on Wikipedia.
It was perfect.
I published a website called “Wikipedia, We Have a Problem”, which disappeared from the internet in late 2019, after I hit a number of entrepreneurial hardships that distracted me just enough to let the domain lapse while a number of my detractors were on standby to pick up the domain name, and attempt to re-sell it to me for a high profit margin.
As the project and not much from me has been heard by anyone since, I would like to post a formal update, because much has changed.
First, Aiki Wiki, which is the project that Wikipedia We Have a Problem was informing, hit a milestone.
In 2020, I finally completed the algorithm for Aiki Wiki.
The algorithm can guide an online dispute or conversation to only one possible mathematical and psychological outcome, resolution. It is a combination of Game Theory, Psychology and computer interface design.
In 2021, the project was accepted into the National Science Foundation, and Aiki Wiki is partnering with a major research university, Top 5 in the United States.
The project has gone on to receive some pretty incredible high level endorsements, including a chief science officer from a top tech company in the world, a few prominent professors, and surprisingly has received endorsements from some very prominent attorneys for Aiki Wiki’s impact on legal disputes and more importantly as a prototype for a digital court system.
Since 2020, I have given over 200 live presentations of how a mutually resolving consensus can emerge without any requirement for a third party mediator and without any type of voting.
What is more, I demonstrate how a process can exist within a computer interface that, with mathematical precision, can produce the most optimal outcome possible between ideological divides while naturally filtering the worst types of behaviors and choices.
This has been the peak experience of my life, and if anyone was following the journey of Aiki Wiki through the publication of Wikipedia, We Have a Problem, they would know how hard won this accomplishment is, primarily because my research into consensus building on Wikipedia required me to get harassed and targeted to a very extreme degree.
I would love to mention exact names even of the University I am partnering with or some prominent endorsements, but fortunately for the case study itself, I have some pretty malicious actors who are set on ruining my reputation along with the reputation of Aiki Wiki in response to my case study on editor suppression on Wikipedia, so I am not mentioning detail in public so as to protect those I am working with.
If anyone from the community is interested in a live demonstration of AikiWiki , please reach out to me on Twitter and we can arrange a time to Zoom.
The original case study, Wikipedia We Have a Problem is available on the internet archive here and I will publish the full case study menu in part 3.