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Knight Foundation Hands Out Grants to 12 Groups, but Not WikiLea The Knight Foundation announced on Wednesday 12 winners of its News Challenge grants, projects costing a total of $2.74 million that will use new technology to spread information in local areas. The winners included a platform for collaborating to report local news and a plan to spread virtual town halls across Vermont. Among the 2,400 proposals passed over was one from the whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks, which was asking for more than a half-million dollars to be spent over two years to bring its anonymous method of leaking documents to local newspapers. WikiLeaks was largely a fringe Web site when it made its submission last year to the Knight Foundation – focusing, as the foundation insists, on improving local reporting. Or, as Daniel Schmitt, part of the core team that runs WikiLeaks, said at the time, “We are trying to bring WikiLeaks more directly to communities.” First: “Knight grants $2.74Mio to ’12 Grantees who will impact future of news’ — but not WikiLeaks. Mr.

ICANNWatch Declassified Government Documents Declassified Government Documents About Declassified Documents | Security Classification | Guides | FOIA Information | Collections at UC Berkeley | Internet Collections and Indexes | Presidential Libraries About Declassified Documents Documents may be classified for many reasons - issues of national security or privacy. A popular misconception is that when a document is declassified, it is somehow systematically made available to the public, for example, distributed to depository libraries. a highly-publicized document is published as a part of an investigation. As there are no clear patterns of publication for most declassified documents, it falls to the researcher interested in a document that is declassified to research which agency created the document, who may have researched the document originally, and where it might be now. Security Classification The government has had many reviews of security classification. Guides References individuals, committees, and operations. FBI Files Participatory Politics Foundation IMMI Icelandic Modern Media Initiative Press release // The Internet, February 28th, 2013 // For immediate release Today, a group of forty security, privacy and human rights advocates and organizations from around the world released an open letter to Ögmundur Jónasson, Icelandic minister of interior, regarding the ongoing discussions on the possibility of establishing Internet pornography censorship in Iceland. The group, consisting of individuals and organizations from 19 countries, including Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, Palestine, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, and the United States, objects to the manner in which the discussion has been carried forth, saying that “it is tempting to regard filtering the internet as a quick and easy way to restrict unwanted speech, opinions, or media, which the government regards as harmful for either them or the people. The right to see the world as it is, is critical to the very tenets and functions of a democracy and must be protected at all costs.”

Consumer Reports WebWatch: The leader in investigative reporting on credibility and trust online Consumer Reports Web Watch was, until 2009, the Internet integrity division of Consumer Reports. The project was funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. We assisted Consumer Reports’ editorial division in evaluating the credibility of Web sites, we investigated Web sites on behalf of consumers, and we advocated for consumer-focused Internet policy and governance. Consumer Reports has incorporated the webwatch research role into its regular reports published on handles advocacy on behalf of internet consumers, covering such issues as web tracking, data mining,and emerging issues around bundled services, “crammed” charges, data overages and much more. For the full list of reports, research and articles published on, as well as more recent articles representing our continuing work on these topics, click here for news and here for research.

Cryptome Want to know the truth? Verifiable information on banking, health, energy, media, war, elections, 9/11, more Super Congress Debt Reduction Has Little Transparency WASHINGTON -- The proposed so-called "super Congress," created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt reduction over the next ten years, could wind up making those decisions behind closed doors, away from the public eye. The text of the budget deal reached by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders contains few specific public disclosure provisions for the committee. The standing committees of Congress are allowed to send suggestions for ways to reduce the debt to the super committee members, but there is, as yet, no provision for the disclosure of those reports. "Anything that they are getting should be made public," Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said to HuffPost. Transparency advocates want to make sure the super committee operates in the open and in a manner that is responsive to the public, especially as it is tasked with crafting such an important policy.

Hack In The Box (hackinthebox) Religious Right Alert Episode 1 Julian Assange’s first guest was Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah. The Hezbollah party is currently a member of the Lebanese government. Its military wing has been described as “the most proficient guerrilla organisation in the world”. Under Nasrallah’s leadership, Hezbollah presided over the withdrawal of Israeli troops from South Lebanon in 2000, and the tactical victory against Israel in the war of Summer 2006. This is the first English-language interview with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for over a decade. Communicating via satellite link, both host and guest participate in the conversation from secret locations: Julian Assange from his temporary home in the English countryside, where he has been detained for 500 days without charge; Hassan Nasrallah, from a Lebanese Hezbollah stronghold, where he goes about his work under continual fear of assassination at the hands of state and non-state actors. Transcript Download the transcript

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