Magazine article Information Management

Calling All Deep Throats

Magazine article Information Management

Calling All Deep Throats

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Aspiring Woodwards and Bernsteins soon may need to look no further than the Internet to find information powerful enough to topple world leaders and governments.

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According to a Federal Times report, a new website--www.Wikileaks.org--has been launched to provide an outlet for individuals worldwide to anonymously leak confidential government information.

The site, created by a group that includes journalists, technologists, cryptographers, Russian and Tibetan expatriates, and Chinese dissidents, aims to increase government transparency worldwide via "an uncensorable version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis," according to the Federal Times. The bigger goal is to promote democracy and stop corruption, particularly in oppressive foreign regimes. But visitors also can expose unethical behavior in democratic governments as well as in corporations.

Wikileaks spokeswoman Hanna De Jong told the Federal Times that the group has already received more than one million documents for posting. De Jong said the site uses various cryptographic technologies to allow anonymity while Wikipedia's characteristic easy use. …

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