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13 Mar 2014

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

At the Media Consortium conference, Assange emphasized the way in which the United States and Australia, its chief ally in the negotiations, continue to push for strict copyright provisions, to be enforced by internet service providers (ISPs). If US and Australian negotiators have their way, ISPs will be responsible for copyright infringement, when material that violates copyright privileges appears on a site they host or a communication they transmit. This is like making the postal service responsible for plagiarized material included in a letter delivered by a mail carrier. If we were to do that, of course, the postal service officials would have to read and restrict every piece of mail carried.
At the Media Consortium conference, Assange emphasized the way in which the United States and Australia, its chief ally...
21 Feb 2012

Wikileaks, Government Prosecutions, Secrecy

In his NYT column today, Bill Keller argues that Wikileaks "was a hell of a story and a wild collaboration, but it did not herald, as the documentarians yearn to believe, some new digital age of transparency. In fact, if there is a larger point, it is quite the contrary." After bemoaning the Obama administration's clampdown on digital information and its relatively aggressive pursuit of government leakers, he states the larger point: "The most palpable legacy of the WikiLeaks campaign for transparency is that the U.S. government is more secretive than ever."
In his NYT column today, Bill Keller argues that Wikileaks "was a hell of a story and a wild collaboration, but it did...

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4 Jan 2012

Left and right, Congress resists the Stop Online Piracy Act – Stop Online Piracy Act

Where SOPA aims to empower the Justice Department to go after websites that allegedly infringe on copyright, and doing it on the Internet s domain name layer, OPEN goes another route: strictly limiting the bill to foreign sites, setting up the International Trade Commission as the enforcer, and focusing on a "follow the money" approach, as in using digital payment systems as the choke points on targeted sites, a mechanism that has worked to thwart the WikiLeaks movement.
Where SOPA aims to empower the Justice Department to go after websites that allegedly infringe on copyright, and doing...

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11 Nov 2011

Twitter Wikileaks Court Order

In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in connection with its investigation related to WikiLeaks.
In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir,...

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11 Nov 2011

Twitter Wikileaks Court Order

In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic parliamentarian whose Twitter account records were targeted by the government in connection with its investigation related to WikiLeaks.
In January 2011, the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed three motions on behalf of Birgitta Jonsdottir,...

The Odd Couple Julian Assange, Rupert Murdoch and Freedom of Information

Both WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and media mogul Rupert Murdoch have come under fire linked to hacking scandals. Taken together these incidents raise interesting questions about what constitutes public knowledge and whether freedom of information can be taken too far.
Both WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and media mogul Rupert Murdoch have come under fire linked to hacking scandals....

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7 Apr 2011

Open Letter in Defence of WikiLeaks’ Right to Publish

We believe that free societies everywhere are best served by journalism that holds governments and corporations to account. We assert that the right to publish is equal to, and the consequence of, the citizen s right to know.
We believe that free societies everywhere are best served by journalism that holds governments and corporations to...

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25 Mar 2011

NYU Law School Panel on the ‘Anxiety’ Caused in the World by WikiLeaks

A major panel discussion was recently put on by New York University Law. The panel featured various law, Internet, journalism and national security experts discussing WikiLeaks' release of State Department cables.
A major panel discussion was recently put on by New York University Law. The panel featured various law, Internet,...

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7 Feb 2011

Dinner with Julian

On Wednesday the 9th of February 2011 from 6.30pm GMT people from all around the world will commence dining with their friends in a unified effort to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of speech.
On Wednesday the 9th of February 2011 from 6.30pm GMT people from all around the world will commence dining with their...
10 Jan 2011

Government-created climate of fear

One of the more eye-opening events for me of 2010 occurred in March, when I first wrote about WikiLeaks and the war the Pentagon was waging on it (as evidenced by its classified 2008 report branding the website an enemy and planning how to destroy it).
One of the more eye-opening events for me of 2010 occurred in March, when I first wrote about WikiLeaks and the war the...

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10 Jan 2011

US subpoenas Twitter, seeking information on WikiLeaks’ 635,561 followers

A Dutch investigative journalist blasted the US Department of Justice for requesting information on everyone following WikiLeaks' Twitter account and everyone they follow. Which would include Raw Story. The US Department of Justice subpoenaed the social networking site Twitter in December in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation of the secrets outlet.
A Dutch investigative journalist blasted the US Department of Justice for requesting information on everyone following...
23 Dec 2010

What the Wikileaks furor shows us is that a dissent tax is emerging on the Internet

The Wikileaks furor shows us that these institutions of power are slowly and surely taking control of the key junctures of the Internet. As a mere quasi-public sphere, the Internet is somewhat akin to shopping malls, which seem like public spaces but in which the rights of citizens are restricted, as they are in fact private. If you think the freedom of the Internet could never be taken back, I implore you to read the history of radio. Technologies that start out as peer-to-peer and citizen-driven can be and have been taken over by corporate and state power
The Wikileaks furor shows us that these institutions of power are slowly and surely taking control of the key junctures...
15 Dec 2010

Journalists Begin, Finally, to Stand Up in Defense of WikiLeaks and Freedom of Information

Leading Australian journalists have stepped up in a big way to defend WikiLeaks, with the head of the nation's major media union arguing that "attacks on WikiLeaks can also be seen as attacks on the Australian media outlets which have worked with the organisation to publish leaked material."
Leading Australian journalists have stepped up in a big way to defend WikiLeaks, with the head of the nation's major...

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