by Luke T. Johnson, TheTyee.ca
"Andrew is a tall, skinny, 18-year-old university student who lives with his mom and dad...
Andrew performs an essential role in the ongoing struggle to defend Wikipedia from vandals of truth. Andrew is so committed to his mission, in fact, that he has invented digital 'robots' to help him patrol for enemy attacks. As one of more than a thousand Wikipedia administrators, he volunteers up to 20 hours a week. He and his trusty 'bots' find and zap inserted falsehoods that plague the pages of the huge, interactive site."
Andrew used his bots and a hunch that some Wikipedia entries were about to be sabotaged at the behest of Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to defuse a rash of vandalism attempts.
The Colbert affair resurrected lingering questions about the accuracy of Wikipedia entries, and the very nature of truth. "I'm a defender against vandalism. But truth? You just never really know," says Andrew.