Inside Story - The Wikileaks copycats - What do you think? New Whistleblowing sites Online whistleblowing conduits appear to be an exciting new trend. From technological tools to what looks a lot like old fashioned investigative journalism, here are some of the up and coming whistle blowing sites. IndoLeaks Jakarta Globe says this appeared on December 10. Rospil An extension of popular Russian blogger Alexei Navalny's website, he is actively seeking documentation of corruption in the higher echelons of the national government and economy. TuniLeaks This seems, at least at present, to serve as a forum to post and discuss Wikileaks state cable releases as they relate to Tunisia, along with the Twitter hashtag #tunileaks .
BrusselsLeaks This site is seeking corporation, consultancy, institution or NGO information in "Brussels – the European Capital and the place where decisions are made which impact the globe". Many of these decisions happen behind closed doors and we have been working to make it more transparent for many years.
Crowdsigliere: Plouffe Asks for a Little Public Guidance. The Obama White House's latest effort to use this here Internet to connect members of the public with folks working inside the executive branch is a little project they're calling "Advise the Advisor," where-in an administration official frames what's happening on the presidential front and then asks for feedback from anyone who cares to give it.
Think of it as "Your Direct Line to the White House," said the White House at the program's launch yesterday, and in the first installment, David Plouffe, the Obama campaign manager who joined the administration in a formal capacity last month, asks for takes from the masses on what they're seeing in the world of innovation, and in particular what seems to be stymieing it in the United States at the moment. The White House breaks down how "Advise the Advisor" is meant to work:
BalkanLeaks. OpenNuNL. Twitterleaks. ScienceLeaks. Rospil. Tunileaks. TradeLeak. Transparency Unit. The New York Times May Start Its Own Version of WikiLeaks. The New York Times is considering developing a system that will let anonymous leakers easily submit large and confidential files directly to the newspaper.
Sound familiar? While nothing is concrete yet, NYT executive editor Bill Keller says that it could be similar to Al Jazeera's Transparency Unit, a system launched earlier this year that encrypts file submissions from anonymous leakers. "A small group from computer-assisted reporting and interactive news, with advice from the investigative unit and the legal department, has been discussing options for creating a kind of EZ Pass lane for leakers," Keller told Yahoo's The Cutline.
The potential confidential leaking system is a direct response to the rise of WikiLeaks. The New York Times has worked with the secretive organization and its eccentric founder, Julian Assange. Not only that, but creating its own system would put the combative Julian Assange out of the equation. One Per Cent: WikiLeaks business model gains traction with big media.
Paul Marks, senior technology correspondent (Image: Sipa Press/Rex Features) Back in December, New Scientist predicted that the impact of the US embassy cable releases by WikiLeaks would likely inspire a legion of leak-publishing imitators to spring up - and this is indeed coming to pass.
But it's far from clear how the newbies in this fast-emerging leaky landscape are going to behave. Will they exercise some kind of editorial restraint, or will they publish everything the get their hands on? And how will they protect their sources? Before Christmas, a handful of diminutive leak sites announced their arrival: Brussels Leaks in the EU and IndoLeaks in Asia, for instance. But in a major change, the regular mainstream media are getting in on the act - most notably the Qatar based global TV network Al Jazeera, and The New York Times. How secure it is is not clear, however.
But caution must be the watchword because leaking is not a game - lives can be at stake. Localeaks: A Drop-Box for Anonymous Tips to 1400 U.S. Newspapers. Although the mission of WikiLeaks is to "open governments," it's done quite a lot to make us think about how to open journalism as well.
We've seen a number of new whistleblower sites crop up - OpenLeaks and Rospil, for example - as well as major news organizations - Al Jazeera, and perhaps even The New York Times - investigate ways to facilitate more whistle-blowing and leaking. But why wait for local newspapers to roll out their own anonymous tips pipeline when a project from CUNY Graduate School's Entrepreneurial Journalism program has designed just that thing.
Using Localeaks, you can send an anonymous tip, including a file, to over 1400 newspapers in the U.S. through one online form. Choose your state. Choose the newspaper. Each drop-box consists of a secure web connection and a form that encrypts both files and the text submitted (then destroys the originals) as well as removes identifying metadata from documents. Openspee.Ch. FrenchLeaks. HBGary Emails.