Just a few links about Wikileaks relevant to our discussion today...

  • "Columbia University Reverses Anti-Wikileaks Guidance" (Wired) - Last week, Columbia University advised its students not to say anything about Wikileaks online (like in Facebook status updates or blog posts) because doing so might hurt their job prospects down the road. Now they've reversed their position on this and returned to supporting free speech.
  • "Wikileaks Hacker a Villain or a Hero?" (MSNBC) - The hacker who took down the Wikileaks site using a distributed denial or service (DDoS) attack last week goes by the name "th3 j35t3r" ("the jester"), which is just about as cheesy as "Justice Man." He has a history of pro-US hactivism.
  • "Wikileaks Defended by Anonymous Hacktivists" (BBC) - Meanwhile, some of the companies who are refusing to do business with Wikileaks (such as web hosting companies and credit card companies) are dealing with their own DDoS attacks thanks to the hacker group Anonymous.
  • "Wikileaks and the Long Haul" (Clay Shirky) - Shirky, an expert on "the social and economics effects of Internet technologies" and an adjunct professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, weighs in on Wikileaks.
  • "Wikileaks Under Attack: The Definitive Timeline" (Guardian) - Here's a timeline of Wikileaks' troubles since releasing all those cables back on November 28th.

For late-breaking news, you can search Twitter for "wikileaks."

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