New Competition For Wikileaks Shows Up -- Say Hello To OpenLeaks

from the are-we-going-to-jail-them-too? dept

Like many folks, I'm somewhat conflicted about Wikileaks as an organization. It's been clear for quite some time that it has some organizational issues, to put it mildly. However, as we've pointed out the concept behind Wikileaks is inevitable, and we fully expected that even if Wikileaks itself went away, others would quickly step up to take its place. Last month, we noted that some former Wikileakers (who were not at all happy with Assange's leadership) were planning a new competitor.

Slashdot points us to the news that their offering, to be called OpenLeaks, is expected to launch next week. The new operation claims it will function slightly differently than Wikileaks, but with the same general intent: allowing whistleblowers to leak sensitive information. The main difference appears to be that OpenLeaks won't publish information directly, but will offer it up to others to publish. I'm not entirely sure how that will work, but either way it seems to be clear that even if the US government were successful in somehow making Wikileaks "go away," it won't stop the general trend towards systems and institutions designed to help whistleblowing.

Filed Under: competition, journalism, openleaks, whistleblowing, wikileaks
Companies: openleaks, wikileaks

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    Joe Dirt, 10 Dec 2010 @ 5:26am

    While I get the philosophy behind a truly open society, no secrets, everyone says exactly what they think and tells the complete truth without repercussion. I think it is naive to think it will work in practice. The easiest analogy I can think of - family and friend relations. Do you always tell your close friends and family an entire truth about something that may be hurtful or do you maybe not tell them some of the details to save their feelings and maintain a good relationship? Does a current wife or girlfriend really need to know every detail about a past lover? Given that we often tell small untruths, or at a minimum withohold information, to maintain harmony with our close friends and family, how can we expect our governments to do otherwise?

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