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'Unauthorized' Assange Autobiography to Be Released Today

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 22 2011

NPR.org has this story on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose autobiography, NPR reports, was released on Thursday in Britain — without his say-so: British publisher Canongate decided to go ahead and release ... Read More

Random Acts of Blindness? Air Force List of WikiLeaks Banned Sites is Released

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 12 2011

Thanks to some dogged nudging by the good folks at MuckRock.com*, we now have an authoritative list of the websites blocked by the U.S. Air Force because of the WikiLeaks disclosures. The list of 45 sites primarily ... Read More

The Fall of WikiLeaks: Cablegate2, Assange and Icarus

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, September 2 2011

I'm theoretically on vacation right now and scarcely in a position to do a deep dive into all the news and commentary, but here's one quick comment about WikiLeaks's decision to release the complete and unredacted ... Read More

Quote Of The Day: Glenn Greenwald On This Whole Wikileaks Kerfuffle

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 30 2011

As far as OpenLeaks is concerned, I have found the whole thing to be strange from the beginning, because if you look at the way in which this sort of dissident faction left Wikileaks and began this competing ... Read More

Summer Vacation: What I'm Searching For

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 19 2011

This pretty much sums it up: I'll be back online after Labor Day. In the meantime, here are two fun short books/essays that you should go read: Read More

Anonymous And LulzSec Are At It Again, and This Time, It's Legal

BY Becky Kazansky | Wednesday, July 27 2011

Lulz Security and Anonymous, better known for illegal data breaches and acts of 'hacktivism,' today called for supporters to engage in a new protest against their old nemesis PayPal — but participants in this ... Read More

Guardian Reports Phone Hacking Targeted Gordon Brown

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 11 2011

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a target of News of the World journalists attempting to access his voicemail, the Guardian reports, adding that News International newspapers also gained access to ... Read More

From Nader and Gravel to Assange: There Are Some Parodies Money Can't Buy [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 30 2011

If you haven't seen the new fundraising video from WikiLeaks, which plays off an old Mastercard commercial, don't miss it. It's smartly done, and doubly effective given that Mastercard is one of the companies that are ... Read More

Iceland, Crowdsourcing a New Constitution

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, June 15 2011

In the past few years Iceland, a small island closer to Greenland than to Europe, has been known mostly for the collapse of its economic system and for the eruption of its volcanoes. But despite the very difficult ... Read More

Founding Member Explains the "Wiki" in Wikileaks

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 3 2011

A recent Berlin interview with little-heard-from Wikileaks founding member Daniel Mathews offers an answer to one of the questions still surrounding the evolution of the project: What ever happened to the wiki part, as ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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