25 February 2008

got leaks?

those of you interested in the spread and control of information in the age of hyper-communication would do well to investigate the sad soap opera that has engulfed wikileaks. a site that allows corporate whistle-blowers to post incriminating documents in a safe environment, the site came up on the receiving end of a u.s. district court injunction involving that most innocent-sounding of plaintiffs, a swiss bank.

there are a lot of things that a site like this has going for it, chiefly the ability to offer the inside-with-guilty-conscience the chance to come clean in a (reasonably) secure forum.

but the debacle, raises not only the hackles of those who wish to defend free speech, but also some pretty interesting questions about where access to information meets right to privacy.

3 comments:

Robert said...

hey, i know you from myspace

im the OCAP guy--remember?

Maximum Overlord said...

Update on that:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/01/us/01wiki.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=wikileaks&st=nyt&oref=slogin

flora_mundi said...

hey! welcome to the older but less frequently updated blog :-)

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