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Whistleblower Site Planned by Chinese Activist

Whistleblower Site Planned by Chinese Activist

 

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Chinese activists have failed in a bid to join WikiLeaks and now plan a site modeled on the popular whistleblower site. According to the South China Post the goal is to expose state secrets and spur political reform or even outright political revolution. The move is being viewed as a daring step for whistleblowers in general given that the Chinese government monitors the internet so closely and has a very broad definition of the term ‘state secrets.’ Some fear the worst for those involved. All citizens are invited to post to the WikiLeaks-style site that is planned for a June 1st unveiling.

In order to launch “Government Leaks” the activists are using Twitter and other social networking mediums to encourage citizens to upload government secrets and various violations of human rights along with systemic problems to a database.

To protect identity the site’s founder goes by the classic cover name “Deep Throat” that is a reference to the Watergate informant. Deep Throat attempted to team up with WikiLeaks but emails sent to the popular whistleblower site were bounced back as undelivered.

Deep Throat stated “This is a fight against the dictatorship, and to return the right to information to the people. I believe it will advance China’s political reform. I think that by making government secrets open we can promote democracy in China.”

The start date is just days ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square confrontation between the Chinese government and democracy seeking protesters. More than two decades after the world renowned incident activists in China still seek freedom of speech, democracy and basic human rights.

A team has been assembled that includes journalists, lawyers, editors and hackers to help deal with the “Great Firewall Of China”  a vast system of web censorship that will surely be used to try to shut down Government Leaks. The team plans to avoid using normal email channels to communicate with informers and employ the highest level of technological security possible.

While some are skeptical or even fearful of what can happen to whistleblowers the fact remains the fight for qui tam rights is alive and well in China.

Sources:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hvEO0WIX6qPSvXoM1-e-39WFxBVA?docId=CNG.090b1023cf78213bdc38304851f6b44a.ad1

http://www.oss.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2010/10/25/chinese-activists-planning-wikileaks-style-whistleblower-site/

 
 
 

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