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Founder of OpenLeaks says cables are an opportunity for newspapers

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Founder of OpenLeaks says cables are an opportunity for newspapers

Following the international hunt for Julian Assange, a dozen of his former colleagues created an independent site called OpenLeaks, which is a conduit to connect whistle-blowers with media and NGOs who can then publish the leaks.

“We don't want to get in the position of having information and who to give it to,” says Daniel Domscheit-Berg, founder of OpenLeaks and former colleague of Assange. “That was one of the biggest problems with Wikileaks. We had a huge cache and then who to give it to?”

Once launched, Openleaks will provide the technology and then the source will be able to choose who can publish it. “That would enable a much more robust approach and put it into the hands of people,” says Domscheit-Berg.

“There's a big imbalance of power and that's part of the reason why we're in a bad state, with some many conflicts,” says Domscheit-Berg. “It's the media's job to counter that as the fourth estate, to balance, and check power.”

Domscheit-Berg hopes that better technology coupled with a community of human rights organisations and journalists through the OpenLeaks database, they'll be able to avoid censoring attacks worldwide and protect whistle-blowers.

The new site, which went through a five-day testing period this past August, will also help bridge the gap between information available on the internet, and what readers actually read.

“It's an opportunity for this industry,” says Domscheit-Berg. “If you look at these documents, they need [editors] as well. If you just dump them on the internet, no one is going to read them.”

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Alexandra Waldhorn

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2011-10-13 17:52

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