Tag Archives: Wikileaks


Hatforce: your friendly crowd of hackers

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Nazi analogies.

Take the international “hactivism” group Anonymous (these guys are like WikiLeaks’ crazy kid brother). Back in April, Anonymous successfully obtained the credit card numbers of over 70 million Playstation users, exposing major security flaws at Sony. Just a few days ago, the same thing happened to gaming distribution platform Steam. Details are still emerging but Gabe Newell, Steam co-founder and beloved guru of the gaming industry, gave this …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In these post-WikiLeaks days, many people (and governments) might argue the only way to keep data confidential is to keep it offline. After all, the web was designed to link and share information. Online, as Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy once tactfully remarked, “You have zero privacy. Get over it.”

The trouble with the “McNealy philosophy” is that the web is now the place where millions …

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Bribes and Prejudice: India’s crowdsourcing revolution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the West, government corruption – whether it’s the influence of lobbying groups or the latest WikiLeaks scandal – is certainly a hot topic. But spare a thought for the billion or so citizens of India. On the subcontinent, corruption isn’t confined to news reports but exists at every level of society: a real and unwelcome intrusion into daily life.

Backhanders in Bangalore

In India, like everywhere else, high-level corruption is what makes the headlines. In 2010 there were …

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Caught on Camera: the crowd calls the shots

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… From Moscow to L.A. it seems like everyone’s drinking Starbucks, eating pizza and tweeting about WikiLeaks from their iPhones.

Such generic experiences can lead previously well-adjusted people to suddenly book crazy adventure holidays trekking in the Sahara, or start spending hours on Google maps trying to get Street View in Outer Mongolia.

But, thanks to film director Kevin MacDonald, help is at hand for those afflicted with globalization frustration. Clearly not immune to the travel …

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Watching Big Brother

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… government debt. With more whistle-blowing than the World Cup final, it was also the summer of Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing internet site, and its weird, white-haired front man Julian Assange.

Thanks to Wikileaks, I now know that even if I am dying of thirst in a heat wave, I am better off avoiding Helsinki’s ATMs to draw cash for a drink. When I am kept awake at night by the heat and ATM fraud, I can put myself to sleep reading 92,000 secret documents it has published relating …

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