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[News] Push for Total Openness in State Management

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An API for Federal Legislation? Congress Wants Your Opinion

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| Congress has apparently listened to the public's complaints about lack of 
| convenient access to government data. 
| The new Omnibus Appropriations Bill includes a section, introduced by Rep. 
| Mike Honda (D-California), that would mark the first tangible move toward 
| making federal legislative data available to the public in bulk, so third 
| parties can mash it up and redistribute it in innovative and accessible ways.   
| [...]
| Although sites like Govtrack and OpenCongress improve on these limitations, 
| the sites get their data by scraping Thomas. Their information is, therefore, 
| limited to what can be grabbed in a scrape and isn't always up to date.  



Secret report reveals how MEPs make millions

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| A LEAKED internal report has revealed systematic abuses by Euro MPs of
| parliamentary allowances that enable them to pocket more than £1m in profits
| from a single five-year term, writes Jonathan Oliver.


Wikileaks Publishes $1B Worth of Congressional Reports

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| Wikileaks.org, the online clearinghouse for leaked documents, has published a
| complete database of Congressional Research Service reports, which are
| private research documents written for members of Congress and their
| staffers.
| The 6,780 reports date back to 1990 and comprise all of the digitized reports
| accessible by congressional offices, said Wikileaks, which estimated their
| value at US$1 billion. They do not contain classified material, but they do
| cover politically sensitive topics such as social policy, defense and foreign
| affairs.


Extreme Openness: the Rise of Wikileaks

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| There is a long journalistic tradition of looking back at
| the end of the year over the major events of the preceding
| 12 months - one that I have no intention of following. But
| I would like to point out an important development in the
| world of openness that has occurred over that time-span:
| the rise and rise of Wikileaks.
| The site was actually founded two years ago, but most
| people (including myself) didn't really become aware of it
| until this year. Now Wikileaks is frequently to be found in
| the eye of the storm. Indeed, it seems consciously to be
| raising its sights ever higher: recently, it has published
| documents that are acutely embarrassing to the German and
| British governments.
| This is all good stuff, but I do worry that at some point
| the goading will get too much, and the needling too
| successful, until repressive governments like the one
| currently running the UK will fight back hard - citing the
| tired old tropes about "terrorism" or "child pornography"
| or maybe just "leaves on the track" - by ordering ISPs to
| block Wikileaks and any mirrors that pop up.


Breaking: Wikileaks Missing



Wikileaks Shutdown: Censorship Is Censorship

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| If Wikileaks were a print publication, the injunction that has shut down the
| site would be unthinkable. Back in 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a
| Minnesota law that allowed the closing of any "malicious, scandalous and
| defamatory" periodical. This court, by contrast, has not only barred future
| publication of the documents at issue but elected to put Wikileaks out of
| business.    


Free Speech Advocates Mount Legal Battle to Unchain Wikileaks

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| In Bank Julius Baer & Co., Ltd v. Wikileaks, et al, the plaintiff claims that
| the posting of certain documents to the Wikileaks site violated Swiss and
| Cayman Island bank secrecy laws.  
| Judge Jeffrey White ordered domain registrar Dynadot to disable Wikileaks.org
| in response to Julius Baer & Co.'s complaint. The groups behind the request
| to lift the injunction claim that it violates the First Amendment.  


WikiLeaks Under Fire

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| The transparency group WikiLeaks.org currently seems to be under heavy fire.
| The main WikiLeaks.org DNS entry is unavailable, reportedly due to a
| restraining order relating to a series of articles and documents released by
| WikiLeaks about off-shore trust structures in the Cayman Islands. The
| WikiLeaks whistle blower, allegedly former vice president of the Cayman
| Islands branch of swiss bank Julius Baer, states in the WikiLeaks documents
| that the bank supported tax evasion and money laundering by its clients from
| around the world      

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