Freedom of Information, the Wiki Way – Elizabeth Williamson

From the Washington Post:
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You’re a government worker in China, and you’ve just gotten a memo showing the true face of the regime. Without any independent media around, how do you share what you have without landing in jail or worse?


Wikileaks.org
is a Web-based way for people with damning, potentially helpful or just plain embarrassing government documents to make them public without leaving fingerprints. Modeled on the participatory, online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the site is expected to go live within the next two months…

organizers say the site is self-policing. “ will provide a forum for the entire global community to examine any document relentlessly for credibility, plausibility, veracity and falsifiability,” they wrote in response to e-mailed questions. “If a document is leaked from the Chinese government, the entire Chinese dissident community can freely scrutinize and discuss it; if a document is leaked from Somalia, the entire Somali refugee community can analyze it and put it in context. And so on.” [Full Text]

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