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2010-11-17 MIT panel: "Communications Forum: Civic Media and the Law"

The MIT Center for Future Civic Media hosted a panel titled "Civic Media and the Law" to discuss the legal challenges related to crowdsourcing and websites like WikiLeaks, versus traditional journalism source protection.

The panelists included David Ardia, co-founder of the Citizen Media Law Project and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Micah Sifry, co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, and Daniel Schuman, policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation.

Event details and the video recording of the panel are available at the MIT website

2010-11-16 The Nation: What We Learned from WikiLeaks

The 29 November edition of The Nation features an article by Jonathan Schell on the "war- and torture-system" revealed in the Iraq war logs, and the moral imperative that drives people like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange in the face of such

"Faced with this particular and general knowledge, Manning felt "helpless," he told Lamo. "That was a point where I was... actively involved in something that I was completely against." In sum, Manning found himself in the classic, excruciating dilemma of the decent person enmeshed in an abhorrent system, not as a victim but as a perpetrator. By following the rules, he would be an accomplice of torture. Only by breaking them could he extricate himself."

Read the full article here: The Nation

2010-11-16 EU Parliament calls for inquiry into Iraq abuses

European Parliament issues press release on upcoming EU-US summit and "calls for [Iraq torture revealed in WikiLeaks documents] issue to be raised in the context of the EU-US summit with a view to an independent transatlantic inquiry". Read the full press release here: Europa.eu

The proposal comes from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE Group). ALDE made known its intention to raise this issue shortly after the release of the Iraq war logs. The group issued a press release on October 26 including ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt's statement: ALDE.eu

At a EU Parliament plenary session on data protection in the context of sharing information with the United States, ALDE member Marietje Schaake raised some of the same issues: video.

The EU-US summit will take place in Lisbon on November 20.

2010-11-16 WikiLeaks registers company in Iceland

(AFP) REYKJAVIK — Whistleblower WikiLeaks has registered in media-friendly Iceland its first known legal entity -- a business that so far has no office or activity, the website's spokesman said Friday.

Wikileaks is now mulling whether to use the firm to fundraise or for information gathering, Kristinn Hrafnsson told AFP.

"We want WikiLeaks to have a global presence and having a business in Iceland is part of this plan," said Hrafnsson of the new entity, called Sunshine Press Productions.

Read the full article here

2010-11-16 IPJ update

The Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights has posted two new reports on Julian Assange's visit to Geneva last week and the UN conference. You can read them here ("Rapport de visite de M. Julian Assange en Suisse: Le témoin qui dérange") and here ("Le fondateur de WikiLeaks à Genève, invité par l'IIPJDH") on the IPJ website.

2010-11-18 WikiLeaks panel discussion in Madrid

This Thursday at 19:30, a panel discussion titled "Crímenes de guerra y transparencia: los papeles de WikiLeaks" ("War Crimes and Transparency: The WikiLeaks Papers") will take place in Madrid. The speakers will be war correspondent Olga Rodríguez, activist Javier Couso and Rafael Escudero Alday, professor of the philosophy of law at the University Carlos III in Madrid. Please see www.rebelion.org for the event details.

2010-11-16 UN rapporteur urges full U.S. torture investigation

GENEVA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The new U.N. torture expert urged the United States on Tuesday to conduct a full investigation into torture under the Bush administration and prosecute offenders as well as senior officials who ordered it.

Juan Ernesto Mendez told Reuters he also hoped to visit Iraq to probe a "very widespread practice of torture" of detainees with the help of coalition forces, revealed in confidential U.S. files issued by WikiLeaks.

"The United States has a duty to investigate every act of torture. Unfortunately, we haven't seen much in the way of accountability," said Mendez, himself a former torture victim, in the wide-ranging interview at the United Nations in Geneva.

Read the full article here: Reuters

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2010-11-15 In These Times: War News Unfit for Print

"WikiLeaks revelations clearer outside the United States": Andrew Oxford looks at how US media reporting of the WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs has been strikingly different from the rest of the world.

"When five news organizations - including Der Spiegel and Al Jazeera — were granted access to WikiLeaks’ Iraq War Logs before they were published online on October 22, only The Times avoided drawing the same conclusions as its colleagues abroad. The Guardian’s coverage featured headlines such as “Secret Files Show How U.S. Ignored Torture” and “How Friendly Fire Became Routine,” while Le Monde was no less dramatic. Der Spiegel, the German news weekly, published a lengthy editorial titled, “Dumb War: Taking Stock of the Iraq Invasion,” which concluded that the WikiLeaks documents confirm that the war was a failure.

Meanwhile, The Times’ front-page headline assured us “Detainees Fared Worse in Iraqi Hands.” Other American newspapers seemed similarly unimpressed by WikiLeaks’ latest publication of nearly 400,000 classified military documents. The Washington Post printed an editorial declaring that the Iraq War Logs offered no new insights."

Read the full article at In These Times

2010-11-14 TIME's Person of the Year Poll Still Open

You can still vote for Julian Assange in TIME Magazine's Person of the Year poll. He took an early lead when the poll was announced on Wednesday, November 10, and had the top spot for most of the time in between. Help him stay on top and go vote, WikiLeaks Nation! This is a chance for us to be heard, loudly.

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