Wikileaks

Wikileaks (via plasticbag) looks likely to be a really interesting site. Designed as a wiki that will let citizens of oppressive regime post leaked documents “anonymously and untraceably” it’s been set up by “Chinese dissidents, mathematicians and startup company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.” The idea is to provide an online space where people can leak sensitive documents free of the fear of being found out and persecuted.

The site isn’t clear about how they’re getting around the array of firewalls in use in countries such as China, but that’s most likely a deliberate move. Perhaps a more telling indicator will be how they ensure the quality and authenticity of submissions. One only has to look at the history of the current war with Iraq to see how certain Iraqi dissidents living abroad manipulated the information getting out in order to push for a regime change from which they would personally benefit.

Nevertheless, the challenges ahead don’t prevent this from being a project well worth watching, and most likely supporting.

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