You haven’t met WikiLeaks!
WikiLeaks is a website that publishes leaked documents exposing various corporate and governmental misbehaviour, in a manner that guarantees the anonymity of the leaker or whistleblower. Here’s a video report that describes the operation.
Because it operates (apparently out of Iceland) on a transnational basis, WikiLeaks has managed to evade libel lawyers and censors around the world. Technically, WikiLeaks passes leaked material through a worldwide network of servers so that the identity of the leaker cannot be traced.
The website enjoys the support of an impressive array of “legitimate” news media organizations, and in 2009 won Amnesty International’s New Media Award.
And to think there are some public officials around Hawke’s Bay who think BayBuzz is bad news!
While we’re on the subject of websites, I’m pleased to note that my “other” website, The Agitator, was just picked as the #1 “most popular” blog covering the nonprofit world in America in a survey conducted by the leading publication on philanthropy in America. The Agitator provides fundraising and communications advice to NGO professionals. The results are presented by way of this “word cloud” in which BIG is best.
There’s a point here about “economic development” in Hawke’s Bay.
Lest some of you think I’m just a grumpy old man, I actually earn a living via a blog I produce in Havelock North that’s read primarily in the US and Europe. I spend my income in HB. The only environmental footprint of my business is the electricity used by my computer and modem. And further, The Agitator website was developed by Mogul, who also spend their earnings here in HB.
With all due respect to HB’s land-based economy (which I do highly respect, especially when conducted sustainably), there’s something to be said for the “other 60%” of HB’s economy (see Baybuzz article, The Other Economy), that often produces higher incomes with less environmental stress.