The Dutch Ministry of Justice has temporarily put a ban in place which would restrict its 30,000 workers from accessing Wikipedia at work. It might come across as a shocking news, but the development is not really unreasonable.
The ministry is planning to analyze the misuse of Wikipedia during this temporary ban. It has been reported that 800 Wikipedia entries were edited from the ministry computers.Majority of these changes were minor but some of them did involve political figures and parties. The worst part was that these entries were being updated during work hours affecting productivity during work.
Ministry spokesman Ivo Hommes said, “We’re doing this as a temporary measure while we investigate how much use – and misuse – our people make of Wikipedia, and what we can do about it”.
As a reader when you come across this news, you might find it disappointing as access to an encyclopedia is being limited in the 2.0 era of user-generated content. Similar questions were raised when Telstra had banned its employees from using Facebook. In both the cases worker productivity-loss came as a big issue.
Update: Even Facebook seems to be facing the heat of bans. An update from The MEMRI Blog quotes that Syria has blocked Facebook.