Submissions:2023/Wikipedia and Global Conflicts

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This submission has been noted and is pending review for WikiConference North America 2023.


Wikipedia and Global Conflicts


Legal / Advocacy / Risks, Technology

Type of session:

Lightning talk


This study will examine the evolution and history of Wikipedia pages surrounding the Russian and Ukrainian Conflict.

Specifically historical pages around partisan Ukrainian units during world war II, and the use of symbolism of hero or villain, will be analyzed.

Edits and growth in wikipedia pages will be compared to other efforts to shape the information space such as h-count manipulation in scholarly journals, funding of media programs.

The paper will conclude with a history of Wikipedia Governance steps to help mitigate the risk of state based manipulation in the future.

Author name:

J. Gregory McVerry

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

Southern Connecticut State University

Estimated time:

5-15 minutes depending on lighting format

Special requests:


Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Yes, My University Research Tapas

Okay to livestream?

Do not livestream

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)