“We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information. Historically that information has been costly – in terms of human life and human rights. But with technological advances – the internet, and cryptography – the risks of conveying important information can be lowered.”
Is the Fourth Estate dead? Do powerful interests with plenty to hide have nothing to fear? With your help, maybe not. Those behind WikiLeaks are working to ensure that powerful interests will soon have nothing to hide and plenty to fear.
Those involved in the effort to build the “uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis” will be speaking at the 25C3. In Wikileaks vs. the World those involved in WikiLeaks will share experiences and observations gathered during their first year of operation. It’s another one of the talks in the society track at the 25C3 that fits in perfectly with this year’s theme: “Nothing to Hide”.
Over the past year, WikiLeaks has brought us headline-making public records violations, source code subject to a DMCA “takedown” notice, internal Church of Scientology expansion documents, IP addresses used by a German intelligence agency front and even anti-leak directives.
The talk will also cover the legal challenges associated with these leaks, strategies for resurrecting investigative journalism and, “why your involvement and that of the technical community is inherently important to ensuring free and uncensored access to information in the future.”