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December 03 2010

23:12

4 Minute Roundup: WikiLeaks Under Attack, Dropped by Amazon

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In this week's 4MR podcast, I talk about the recent release of secret diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, and how it is viewed by governments, journalists and free speech advocates. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden for possible sex crimes, Amazon dropped hosting the documents, and the site has had trouble staying online due to hacker attacks. I spoke with NYU professor Jay Rosen about his views on WikiLeaks, the networked nature of information sharing, and the potential for local WikiLeaks.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Jay Rosen:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here's a longer discussion of WikiLeaks by Jay Rosen in a recent video:

Jay Rosen on Wikileaks: "The watchdog press died; we have this instead." from Jay Rosen on Vimeo.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

State's Secrets - Special Report at NY Times

Swedish Court Confirms Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder at NY Times

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Despite Attacks, WikiLeaks' Swedish Host Won't Budge at Forbes

Bill aimed at WikiLeaks introduced at UPI

The War on WikiLeaks at CBS News

WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks at the AP

Amazon explains WikiLeaks cutoff - Not because of feds at the Seattle Times

Amazon and WikiLeaks - Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary at the EFF

Online, the censors are scoring big wins at Salon

Here are some of the more entertaining responses to our recent poll question about new names for Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism:

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about who you think about WikiLeaks:




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Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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December 01 2010

05:52

WikiLeaks Cablegate roundup, or the art of letting someone else be your guide

There are many, many things in this world to be interested in, and one of the major challenges is how to keep up with them all.

Every day, I bookmark and Instapaper lots of things that I mean to deeply explore when I get the time. But as I’ve told many people — journalism students full of fire, ambition and a limited ability to unitask especially — time is our most precious asset, one we all tend to manage badly.

Instead of flailing and failing to keep up, sometimes the best strategy is to sit back and wait for someone who’ll make our lives a little easier.

Today, one of those people was Andy Baio, a.k.a. Waxpancake. He pulled together a solid roundup of WikiLeaks Cablegate reportage, data sensemaking and commentary.

I jumped to two links right away: Dan Gillmor taking everyone to task with “A few questions about the Wikileaks release” and Blake Estrin of The New Yorker’s thoughtful essay about data, privacy and trust.

Should you desire further critical analysis, spend some time with “Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; ‘To destroy this invisible government’” by Aaron Bady, which I was led to via a discussion on Hacker News.

It’s all worth reading if you have the time.

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