the new wiki-twittersphere

National courts have a difficult time controlling the release of information, when it can easily slip across political and legal boundaries in the cyberworld.  A British company charged with toxic dumping in Africa sought to keep an internal report secret, but when posted on Wikileaks (a wiki style website for whistle-blowers) and pointed to by the twitter posts of a British newspaper editor, the report could no longer be kept from public view.  link1_600Reporting in today’s New York Times, Noam Cohen reports:

In addition to using Twitter, these sympathetic readers used a new tool fromGoogle — SideWiki — to post comments alluding to the controversy on the Web sites of Trafigura and its law firm, Carter-Ruck. Furthermore, Wikipedia, with its main servers safely sitting in the United States, freely linked to Wikileaks, giving coverage that was more comprehensive than anything a British news consumer could find.

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