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Re: [ox-en] WikiLeaks and peer production?

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I have not read the previously referred to article yet, so just reacting to what StefanMz is saying below: from what I know WL started out with the idea that anyone could contribute (i.e. evaluate the leaks) but they found that unworkable and previous to the vetting deal with the NYT, Guardian etc they had some inhouse "experts" who evaluated. In other words their inner functions are 100% opaque (they have their reasons I guess), including their financial dealings - for example the guy from Cryptome (Young?) who is a uber-vociferous critic of WL, raised the question of the deal with the newspapers: does it cover expenses, legal fees etc? No-one knows. So while they may be producing transparency externally the same cannot be said for their inner operations.

----- Original Message -----
From: Stefan Meretz <stefan>
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:39 pm
Subject: Re: [ox-en] WikiLeaks and peer production?
To: list-en

On 2011-02-07 17:57, Stefan Merten wrote:
I wonder whether it is possible to draw a connection between
WikiLeaks and peer production as we understand it here.

At first glance there seems to be hardly a connection. But may be
some of you have other ideas?

In my view *Leaks _is_ peer-production: They produce 
transparency of 
governmental or private secrets, they act in peer mode, they are 
fed by 
contributions and not by exchange, selbstentfaltung (self-
passion) is the individual driver.

One might say that *Leaks is only operating in reaction to the 
system, however, from a more general point of view *Leaks is 
offering an 
information distribution infrastructure which may play a role in 
a free 
society too.


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