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First POST: Mood Slime

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 15 2014

The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more. Read More


Who's Behind Russia's "WikiLeaks"?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, June 19 2014

Screenshot of Shaltay Boltay's Twitter account

Representatives of a “mysterious Russian hacker collective” known as “Anonymous International” or “Shaltay Boltay” (Humpty-Dumpty) have denied being hackers. They have told the press that they do very little technical hacking. Mostly they leak things: government memos, email exchanges, and insider reports.

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WeGov Exposes a Corrupt and Violent Regime

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, March 5 2014

Picture courtesy of Fundacja ePaństwo

Thousands of documents float and sink in a remote reservoir not far from a grand 345-acre estate contained within a sprawling wrought iron fence. As evocative as it may seem, this not the beginning of a spy thriller, but of Yanukovych Leaks, an online portal where the leaks have been uploaded by investigative journalists who say the extravagance detailed in those papers may prove ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's depth of corruption. Read More


Japanese PM Thinks His People Just Don't Understand The State Secrecy Bill

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, December 9 2013

Shinzo Abe shakes hands with President Bush (Wikipedia)

In spite of objections from human rights activists and members of the media around the world, Japan's upper chamber made the controversial State Secrecy Protection Bill law in a “raucous, late-night session” last Friday, December 6, Reuters reports. The House of Representatives passed the bill on November 26. Under the new law, state employees could be jailed for up to 10 years if they leak secrets, and journalists could be jailed for up to five if they use “grossly inappropriate” tactics to uncover state secrets. The passage of the bill has sparked uncharacteristically large protests in a country where protesters have often been considered a part of the political fringe.

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First POST: Root Causes

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 10 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus: Just how far has the Obama administration strayed from its promise to be the most open and transparent in history?; how government procurement practices led to the mess; Ari Fleischer's Twitter meltdown; and much, much more. Read More

Where TIME Lost the Plot on Snowden and Spying

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 14 2013

Michael Scherer doesn't seem to have time for allegations of government misconduct. Rather, it's the bits and bytes of an online political philosophy that attracts his imagination, an Internet culture typified by the 2.3 million Reddit users who logged in last month. His recent article in TIME Magazine takes shaky steps towards the idea that there is a culture of technologically savvy twentysomethings who are "challenging" to a stable democracy. This is not incisive commentary on the zeitgeist of young America, this is the construction of a folk devil. I said so in a previous piece, and he has emailed me to defend his ideas. Read More

Michael Scherer, Please Remember We've Argued Over NSA Spying Since Before Millennials Were a Thing

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 13 2013

It would be easy to argue that the latest national security leaks are thanks to some combination of Internet culture and Millennial entitlement, as Michael Scherer does in Time's bizarre new cover story and David Brooks tried to do in an intellectually lazy op-ed hanging Edward Snowden, 29, around the neck of "the more unfortunate trends of the age." This overlooks the fact Snowden is part of an argument, now more than 30 years old, over senior government officials who have skirted the Constitution and then withheld the truth about it to Congress and to the American people. Brooks and Scherer are victims of a logical fallacy. Snowden the leaker of NSA secrets can't be a function of his particular time and place. People have been leaking NSA secrets of exactly this nature since before Snowden was even alive. Read More

The New Yorker Hopes "Strongbox" Is a Wiretap-Proof Sieve for Leaks

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, May 16 2013

The New Yorker yesterday became the first outlet to implement DeadDrop, a new system for sources to submit information to journalists online in a more secure and anonymous way than, for example, email. Read More

A Wikileaks for the U.N.'s Would-Be Internet Regulators

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 6 2012

Mercatus Institute senior researcher Jerry Brito thinks people on the Internet should know what people at the United Nations propose to do to the Internet. That's why he's launching a site called, where he's pledging to anonymously publish any documents sent to him outlining proposals about U.N. regulation of the Internet that might be discussed in December at a meeting called the World Conference on International Communications.

Update: WCITLeaks says it's got its first leak. Read More

An Introduction to OpenLeaks, by OpenLeaks

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, January 27 2011

"We imagine that you're wondering what OpenLeaks is," intones a narrator in a new video, title "OpenLeaks 101" now up on the web home of the project that was spun out from Wikileaks by two ... Read More