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Whistleblowing,  Wikileaks      andWeb Democracy
Whistleblowers??!!!....
“A whistleblower is a person    who tells the public or someone in   authority about alleged dishonest orillegal activitie...
Whistleblowers are brave volunteers who           come forward to disseminate suppressed information.
Whistleblowers in the recent past       Whistleblower                                 The LeakDaniel Ellsberg (1971)      ...
Indian Whistleblowers        Whistleblower                                   The LeakN Ram (1980s)                        ...
“What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order toreform our social system, which is fullof ineq...
What is Wikileaks?http://wikileaks.ch/
Wikileaks, or its founder     Julian Assangeare not whistleblowers.
Wikileaks is a non-profit media organization who publish relevant   material, voluntarily given by     the brave whistlebl...
What sort of material do they publish?    “Wikileaks publishes material of     ethical, political and historicalsignifican...
Investigative journalism?  “Investigative journalism is distinctfrom apparently similar work done  by police, lawyers, aud...
Recent Impact of    Investigative journalism In India✗ Barak Missile Deal Scandal✗ Increasing farmer suicideds` and Govt. ...
Are the activities of wikileaks            against law? Not really. No law (already) present in  the US or UK can prosecut...
What if Wikileaks/Julian Assange,who are being accused of espionage are              convicted?   It would equal violation...
Important leaks published               by Wikileaks● Document revealing the inhuman protocol of the U.S. Armyat the Guant...
Why publish sensitive information and           Govt. secrets?   “The trend has been that many Big Corporations and Govern...
“The fact is that when it comes to judgement as to what should be  secret and what should not besecret, Julian Assanges ju...
PM Manmohan Singh about the cash-for-votes                    cable  "The government cannot confirm the veracity,     cont...
Soon, more cables with details on Black money holders in Swiss            banks    http://www.thehindu.com/system/topicRoo...
Dubiousness of support lent to             Wikileaks  Because Wikileaks is head on with Big      Corporations and powerful...
Attacks on Wikileaks after the US         Diplomatic cables leak● American-owned EveryDNS dropped WikiLeaks  from its entr...
“It is important to progresstowards the idea of the Internet as    a neutral media that is not controlled by large corpora...
Web Democracy
Why Web Democracy?   Freedom to the users   Freedom of expression   Right to information   No content discrimination ...
A Quintessential dependencyWeb Democracy         Freedom of PressFreedom in the        Better democracy     Web           ...
“ We (US citizens) were taken        to war in Iraq on a lie.Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men w...
Participatory Investigative journalism  can compel the Governments to         become transparent.         Support Wikileaks!
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  1. 1. Whistleblowing, Wikileaks andWeb Democracy
  2. 2. Whistleblowers??!!!....
  3. 3. “A whistleblower is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest orillegal activities (misconduct) occurringin a government department, a public or private organization, or a company.” Wikipedia
  4. 4. Whistleblowers are brave volunteers who come forward to disseminate suppressed information.
  5. 5. Whistleblowers in the recent past Whistleblower The LeakDaniel Ellsberg (1971) The Pentagon Papers: A secret account of the Vietnam WarW. Mark Felt (1972) US President Richard Nixons involvement in WatergateIngvar Bratt (1979) Bofors Scandal in India dring the Rajiv Gandhi regimeMordechai Vanunu (1986) Israels clandestine nuclear programJeffrey Wigand (1996) Supression of harmful effets of Nicotine by the tobacco industry, dramatised in the Russel Crowe starring The Insider Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers
  6. 6. Indian Whistleblowers Whistleblower The LeakN Ram (1980s) Bofors Scandal in India dring the Rajiv Gandhi regimeSatyendra Dubey* (2003) Corruption in highway construction projects (NHAI) in IndiaS. Manjunath * (2005) Adulteration of petroleum in the India Oil CorporationR Gokul (~2005) Belekeri port scam in Karnataka, Iron Ore mining scamRTI activists in India Whistleblowers of various discrepancies in Governance. * Many paying for it with their lives! Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54566
  7. 7. “What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order toreform our social system, which is fullof inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.” B. R. Ambedkar
  8. 8. What is Wikileaks?http://wikileaks.ch/
  9. 9. Wikileaks, or its founder Julian Assangeare not whistleblowers.
  10. 10. Wikileaks is a non-profit media organization who publish relevant material, voluntarily given by the brave whistleblowers,coupled with investigative journalism
  11. 11. What sort of material do they publish? “Wikileaks publishes material of ethical, political and historicalsignificance while keeping the identity of sources(whistleblowers) anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.” http://wikileaks.ch/
  12. 12. Investigative journalism? “Investigative journalism is distinctfrom apparently similar work done by police, lawyers, auditors and regulatory bodies in that it is not limited as to target, not legally founded and closely connected to publicity.” Hugo de Burgh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_de_Burgh
  13. 13. Recent Impact of Investigative journalism In India✗ Barak Missile Deal Scandal✗ Increasing farmer suicideds` and Govt. apathy in India✗ Jessica Lall case✗ 2G Spectrum auction scandal✗ Corruption in CWG✗ Sband spectrum allocation by ISRO✗ Cash for votes scam✗ And tons of other suppressed information on a daily basis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehelka And others
  14. 14. Are the activities of wikileaks against law? Not really. No law (already) present in the US or UK can prosecute them. Wikileaks stands for➔ Freedom of Press➔ Right to Information Fundamental rights of any civilized society in a democracy
  15. 15. What if Wikileaks/Julian Assange,who are being accused of espionage are convicted? It would equal violation of Freedom of Press. And other media houses partnering withWikileaks for publishing the cables like the NewYork Times in the US, The Hindu in India, and hundreds of other publishers would be analogically at the same risk For, Wikileaks is also a publisher.
  16. 16. Important leaks published by Wikileaks● Document revealing the inhuman protocol of the U.S. Armyat the Guantanamo Bay detention camp (2006)● The collected secret bibles of Scientology (2008)● Collateral Murder:Gunsight footage from the 12 July 2007Baghdad airstrike in which Iraqi civilians and journalistswere killed by an Apache helicopter (2010)● Afghan War Diary:92,000 documents related to the war inAfghanistan (2010)●Iraq War Diary: 400,000 documents relating to the IraqWar (2010)● US Diplomatic Cables: 251,287 confidential—but not topsecret—diplomatic cables from 274 US embassies (2010)● Cash for Votes: Cable reiterating the ruckus created inthe Indian Parliament house about 2008 no-confidence vote(2011) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks#Leaks
  17. 17. Why publish sensitive information and Govt. secrets? “The trend has been that many Big Corporations and Government secrets are illegitimate and for prolonged periods of time.” Julian Assange
  18. 18. “The fact is that when it comes to judgement as to what should be secret and what should not besecret, Julian Assanges judgment has been pretty good so far.” Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers Whistle Blower http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ellsberg
  19. 19. PM Manmohan Singh about the cash-for-votes cable "The government cannot confirm the veracity, content or even the existence of such communication." Julian Asanges response “A deliberate attempt to mislead the public bysuggesting that governments around the world do not accept the material... there is no doubt, whatsoever, that the cables are authentic” http://is.gd/JnfAyx http://is.gd/JBxQLr
  20. 20. Soon, more cables with details on Black money holders in Swiss banks http://www.thehindu.com/system/topicRoot/WikiLeaks/
  21. 21. Dubiousness of support lent to Wikileaks Because Wikileaks is head on with Big Corporations and powerful Governments, lot of smear campaign has been ongoing, off late. Media houses which initially stood byWikileaks have retracted succumbing to the pressure from Govt. Authorities.Heres a comparison of the stands taken by an influential US media houseNeutral interview: http://is.gd/4cmg3OSmear campaign: http://is.gd/G0LPT2
  22. 22. Attacks on Wikileaks after the US Diplomatic cables leak● American-owned EveryDNS dropped WikiLeaks from its entries● Amazon.com severed its ties with WikiLeaks, to which it was providing infrastructure services● PayPal the payment processor cut off the account that had been redirecting donations to WikiLeaks● Swiss bank, PostFinance, announced that it had frozen the assets of Assange● Visa Inc. announced it was suspending payments to WikiLeaks
  23. 23. “It is important to progresstowards the idea of the Internet as a neutral media that is not controlled by large corporates or governments." Sir Tim Berners Lee, on the role played by Internet in the Egypt Revolution http://is.gd/DnmPG7
  24. 24. Web Democracy
  25. 25. Why Web Democracy? Freedom to the users Freedom of expression Right to information No content discrimination Privacy and Anonymity
  26. 26. A Quintessential dependencyWeb Democracy Freedom of PressFreedom in the Better democracy Web For People
  27. 27. “ We (US citizens) were taken to war in Iraq on a lie.Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who plannedthis war crime back in 2002 had had aWikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off.” Michael Moore
  28. 28. Participatory Investigative journalism can compel the Governments to become transparent. Support Wikileaks!
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