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Web address
Commercial? No
Type of site Wiki, database
Registration Available
Available language(s) English
Owner Center for Media and Democracy
Created by Center for Media and Democracy
Launched 2003
Alexa rank negative increase 89,412 (November 2013)[1]
Current status active

SourceWatch (formerly Disinfopedia) is a collaborative online wiki operated by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), an American progressive organization.[2] According to the project's website, it "aims to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interest groups."[3] The site runs on software.

Organizational information

On behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy, the Center's then-Research Director Sheldon Rampton started SourceWatch on January 15, 2003 and launched it publicly with 200 articles created by the Center on March 10, 2003. According to SourceWatch's own statistics, it included almost 50,000 articles as of August 2010.[4] The site's content is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

The publisher of SourceWatch is Lisa Graves, the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy.[5]

Editorial and security policies

The stated goals for registered users who are permitted to edit SourceWatch are "accuracy and fairness".[6] Its editorial guidelines stress the importance of maintaining the accuracy of its source citations and admonish its editors to create articles that are "fair, accurate, and documented".[7]

When SourceWatch began, any visitor to the site could edit existing articles and create new ones. In April 2006, SourceWatch changed its policy, requiring users to register and log in before they could edit its articles.[3]

The Center for Media and Democracy sets the editorial and security policies under which SourceWatch operates.[3][8]

See also


External links

  • SourceWatch
  •, another website run by the Center for Media and Democracy
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