A software to enable public disclosure and whistle blowing in democratic and non democratic contexts will be presented at the 39th Congress of the Nonviolent Radical Party. Some of the members, who are also members of the Radical Party, will be in Rome next week and will set up a desk to assist also in the various technical aspects of the initiative.
Here is the presentation of GlobaLeaks.
This last 3 years of international affairs demonstrates than transparency instruments like the few ones used by Wikileaks can be powerful tools for freedom. After all, whisteblowing is included as legal requirement in laws like SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley).
However the Wikileaks affair demonstrates that a centralized model, both for organization and responsibilities, can be easily crushed with a mix of legal and illegal actions. A centralized approach can therefore be a failure for transparency; how we can develop a better and unstoppable model?
We believe that decentralization is a possible answer and that therefore "small is beautiful" can be the right approache. Our answer is called "GlobaLeaks"
What is GlobaLeaks?
GlobaLeaks is the first open-source whistleblowing framework. It empowers anyone to easily set up and maintain a whistleblowing platform. GlobaLeaks can help many different types of users: media organizations, activist groups, corporations and public agencies.
Possible uses of GlobaLeaks
Non-governmental and informal activist organizations can set up independent whistleblowing sites to uncover corruption or other problems locally, or within specific industries.
This can be true even when the issues might not get attention nationally or among the mainstream.
Anonymity backed by technological security can help such organizations even in places where organized crime is dominant or human rights are not guaranteed.
Collaboration with citizen journalism initiatives, blogger and social networks can allow political and activism organization to leverage the power of public disclosure to increase transparency and bring relevant information about hidden malpractice in their society to citizens.
Media outlets, including newspapers, websites, magazines and not-for-profit journalism associations, can set up a GlobalLeaks interface to collect anonymous reports from sources that will be protected by default. Some media organizations already have deployed whistleblowing sites to accept "leaks" that can inform their investigative journalism, but it is difficult for journalistic organizations to maintain the technology necessary for security and privacy. GlobaLeaks can provide an open-source alternative that could be used by any of these organizations and others. Several media organizations already are seriously considering the use of GlobaLeaks.
Public agencies can also use GlobaLeaks to involve citizens in spotting tax evasion, corruption, market manipulation and other problems. Famous public whistleblowing services already exist and include those in the U.S IRS, U.S. SEC, and the EU Antitrust. GlobaLeaks can help protect those citizens who want to help investigators.
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