Wikileaks

Does WikiLeaks Still Matter?

It has been some time since WikiLeaks stunned the world with classified video of U.S. military attacks on civilians in Iraq and thousands of…

Does WikiLeaks still matter?

WikiLeaks is trumpeting its latest release, a cache of millions of internal emails from StratFor, a security-consulting firm with ties to the U.S. government. But the nature of the emails and a partnership with the hacker collective Anonymous raise questions about WikiLeaks’ continued relevance.

If WikiLeaks is dying, then the NYT is partly to blame

A New York Times piece argues WikiLeaks is on life support, but the reality is that it and Julian Assange have been the targets of a sustained attack by the U.S. government, and that is a freedom of speech issue we should all be concerned about.

Who’s Filtering the Web in the Middle East?

In the wake of Egyptian protesters’ success, citizens of Bahrain, Iran, Libya and Yemen have made attempts to change their governments through protests and marches. Last night Arbor Networks posted a chart showing which countries appear to be manipulating their citizen’s web traffic and which aren’t.

Clinton: We Love Net Freedom, Unless It Involves WikiLeaks

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a rousing speech today about the need for an open Internet and freedom of speech, but she made one notable exception: Wikileaks. It’s apparently fine to persecute that organization for leaking diplomatic cables, even though it has done nothing illegal.

NYT’s Keller Almost Ready to Admit WikiLeaks Is Journalism

When WikiLeaks first appeared on the scene, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller made it clear that he did not consider leader Julian Assange a journalist, or WikiLeaks a journalistic entity. Based on some recent comments, however, Keller’s view may be changing — slowly.

New York Times, Al-Jazeera Do An End-Run Around WikiLeaks

The New York Times is working on a digital tip-line that will allow leakers of confidential documents to deal directly with the newspaper rather than having to use WikiLeaks, said executive editor Bill Keller, and Arab news service Al-Jazeera just launched a similar tip-line project.

Icelandic MP Says It’s Our Duty to Fight For WikiLeaks

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic parliament and an early supporter of WikiLeaks, said that despite having had a falling out with leader Julian Assange, she is willing to “stand up and stick my neck out for him,” and believes everyone should support the organization.

DoJ Subpoena Proves Twitter’s Value — and Its Weakness

The US government’s move to order Twitter to disclose information about users involved with WikiLeaks confirms the network’s status as a real-time information network, but also makes it obvious how much we have come to rely on it, and the implications of that dependence.

Is What WikiLeaks Does Journalism? Good Question

The fact that even journalists and media professors can’t seem to agree on whether what WikiLeaks does is journalism emphasizes just how deeply the media and journalism have been disrupted by the web, to the point where we aren’t even sure what they are any more.

OPINION: Why Wikileaks Is an Opportunity for Cleantech

Wikileaks has given the cleantech world ammunition to show how our sector offers a solution to the extremely unstable world problems, and national security issues. We are bankrolling the same enemies we proclaim to be fighting in the battle against fundamentalist Islamic terror groups.

Why Was the WikiLeaks App Pulled From App Store? [Updated]

Overnight, an unofficial WikiLeaks iOS app was pulled from the App Store after being approved only last week. Before you run out and wreak DDOS justice, note that censorship may not be behind the decision. This may be a much more straightforward guideline violation.

Amazon, WikiLeaks and the Need for an Open Cloud

At least one senior technologist thinks that Amazon removing WikiLeaks from its servers could raise red flags about the utility of cloud computing, while programmer and open-web advocate Dave Winer believes the incident reinforces the need for an open cloud host to protect our content.

Is WikiLeaks the Beginning of a New Form of Media?

As WikiLeaks fights to remain online and solvent, the organization seems to be part of what could be a new form of media emerging: not a journalistic entity specifically, but a kind of investigative middleman or clearinghouse for the traditional media to use as a resource.

WikiLeaks Gets Its Own “Axis of Evil” Defense Network

As the U.S. government and a series of corporations such as Visa, MasterCard and PayPal keep up the pressure on WikiLeaks, a rough alliance of hackers and supporters have taken it upon themselves to wage an ongoing cyber-war in defense of the document-leaking organization.

WikiLeaks: What Happens Next?

As Julian Assange entered Wandsworth prison tonight, WikiLeaks faced the greatest challenge in its four-year history. Already stretched as i…

WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange Arrested

The Guardian’s live blog on the events leading up to and including the arrest of Julian Assange. (The time listed before the entries is loca…

Has WikiLeaks Actually Done Anything Illegal?

Visa, MasterCard and PayPal have all cut off support for payments to WikiLeaks, saying the organization has been involved in illegal acts — but is there any real justification for this? Not really. In fact, it’s not clear that what WikiLeaks is doing is even illegal.

Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity

We may not like its methods or its leader, but WikiLeaks is a publisher — a new kind of publisher, but a publisher nonetheless — and as such it deserves to be protected from government interference, just like any other member of the traditional or mainstream media.

Dec. 3: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

Further Wikileaks analysis aside, Google was all over tech headlines over the past day. It upgraded App Engine, leaked a secret new consumer storage feature, and bought a data center hotel housing some of the biggest names in data centers and business.

Does the World Need a Data Haven for WikiLeaks Info?

WikiLeaks has been kicked off Amazon’s cloud-hosting platform and had its domain-name service cancelled by a second company — all of which raises the question: Does the world need a stateless, independent data haven to protect the kind of freedom of information that WikiLeaks represents?

The Cloud Meets the Law: Where Wikileaks Went Wrong

The story of Wikileaks hosting its Cablegate data on Amazon EC2 strikes me on so many levels. As a journalist, American citizen, and soon-to-be J.D., I’ve thought about freedom of speech, and I’m flabbergasted that Wikileaks hosted the site with a U.S. provider on U.S. soil.

Amazon Unplugs WikiLeaks After Government Pressure

Amazon has removed WikiLeaks’ website from its servers, a move that appears to be a result of pressure from the U.S. government to not support the document-leaking organization. Senator Joe Lieberman said he planned to ask the company about the extent of its involvement with WikiLeaks.

Nov. 30: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

Aside from Red Hat buying Makara, the other big cloud news has to be Wikileaks using Amazon to host its Cablegate repository. The Wikileaks data aspect leads to two other interesting items today: Geostellar’s clean-energy analysis tool and Aster Data partnering to combine analytics and visualization.

Is WikiLeaks More Than Just a High-Tech Brown Envelope? Yes

The most interesting thing about WikiLeaks and its release of 90,000 secret Afghan documents earlier this week isn’t the details of the U.S.-backed war in Afghanistan — it’s what the incident says about the evolution of a truly distributed and Internet-enabled new media ecosystem.

Iceland and Wikileaks Try to Make the World Safe for Secrets

Does the world need a refuge for secret information provided by whistle-blowers? Iceland’s parliament seems to think so: they just approved a bill that would create exactly that. The initiative started with Wikileaks, the secretive group that recently leaked video of a contentious U.S. military attack.

Iceland Looks to Create Information Haven

The Icelandic government is expected to put forward legislation that could turn the northern nation into an international freedom-of-information haven, thanks in part to the efforts of Wikileaks and the country’s recent experiences with corporate and government inaction and secrecy during its banking crisis.

Wikileaks on Life Support, Looking For Funding

Wikileaks, the crusading non-profit web service that exposes government secrets and corporate corruption by publicizing secret documents, says it has been forced to suspend operations while it looks for financing. The site says that it needs between $200,000 and $600,000 to continue operating.