June 3, 2010

Wikileaks in New Yorker

Filed under: politics — ubikcan @ 10:51 am

This week’s New Yorker has a long article about the leak site Wikileaks. There has already been some reaction to this from other parts of the press (Wired and Mother Jones) with Wikileaks responding through their Twitter feed, which I follow.

Basically the issue is whether Wikeaks got off the ground in 2006 by piggy-backing on Chinese hackers’ material that was being routed through a router called TOR. This would constitute hacked material, rather than leaks per se. This doesn’t seem very germane to their larger mission, even if it’s true in whole or part (which I have no idea).

The main critical thing of note to me remains reaction in Iceland to the financial crisis there, which gave Icelanders such a distaste for secrecy and backroom deals that a member of parliament is actively supporting Wikileaks. An organization, Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) has a cross-party proposal before parliament to strongly support open media (source protection, no prior restraint, etc.) which may be voted on this month (possibly as early as next week). Seems like Iceland learned from the financial crisis while other countries (notably USA) did not. Obama’s sunshine open government has turned out to be something very different. But Iceland is doing something very positive here.


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