Dec 7, 2010

New York Pirate Party Joins International Effort to Keep Wikileaks Accessible Online

The New York Pirate Party has joined an international effort to keep the Wikileaks website and the corresponding materials accessible online.  A press release from the UK Pirate Party:
Pirate Parties from around the world, including the Pirate Party UK, today reaffirmed their commitment to whistleblowing worldwide. Concerned about freedom of information, opinion and press, the Pirate Parties have decided in a joint resolution to make Wikileaks available on a worldwide mirroring infrastructure.
The mirrors will guarantee that the release of US diplomatic cables can continue and previous publications will stay online.  The infrastructure created by the Pirate Parties is now hosting the Wikileaks content itself, not just redirecting traffic to one main server. "This decision does not mean that we specifically endorse the Wikileaks organisation", emphasises Loz Kaye. "We will also make this platform available to every other whistle-blower who needs to ensure that information is not deleted or blocked."
The current project includes Pirate Parties from many countries, and more parties are joining every day. The infrastructure is built in such a way that deleting or blocking part of it will not affect the availability of information as a whole.  Loz Kaye explains: "This is a fight for fundamental freedoms on the Internet. We will not accept governmental attempts to restrict access to free press and constrain freedom of speech."
As of this writing, there are at least 748 websites participating in the mass-mirroring effort, according to a tally by the NY Pirate Party. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So... has it been decided yet if distributing these cables is against the law?
And doing a quick bit of research shows that it's the same guy behind the visa thing a week or so ago, right? Sounds like a right cowboy.