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Localeaks: A Drop-Box for Anonymous Tips to 1400 U.S. Newspapers

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posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 09:53 PM

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. Enter your information and submit your anonymous tip.

I have been wondering if "the end of the world as we know it" concept may be related to the impending absolute freedom of information and reconstruction of the right to privacy in the climax of the digital age.

What are your thoughts about CUNY's (City University of New York) new Localeaks program?

Localeaks encrypts the data, removes any identifiable metadata, and scrubs session cookies and IP addresses from the data exchange.

Sri Oracle
edit on 30-1-2011 by Sri Oracle because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 09:55 PM
Hmm. It would be nice to think that the system won't be used for petty revenge and personal grudges, but I feel it might be.

Are they going to check these tips are factual before publishing them?


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