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February 27, 2007


Tan Yan Chen

Will this project ultimately produce a list of the do's and don'ts of whistle-blowing online or will the analysis also provide new suggestions for how people can legally leak information? Moreover, will there also be information on what people can do to lobby for more protection for whistle-blowing or is this outside the scope of the study?

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

What are your working examples of CCJ? The EFF client is just one individual, no?

Although I think CCJ is working/emerging in other countries (South Korea, Germany), the endeavor faces considerable obstacles here in the United States. While CCJ can produce information that people need to know in order to survive politically/culturally, you might need to make a more explicit case for this by introducing working examples.

Related to that, how does the current buzz for CCJ relate to previous efforts, such as public journalism? Are there lessons that can be learned there... especially insofar as journalists' freedom/protections are concerned?

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

PS. I hit send too quickly! I think the two US examples you describe are tenable... but you might want to at least acknowledge where CCJ struggles and how these struggles may link to or impact what you are creating/proposing.


Why this type of site makes sense in my head ss how this seems analogous to anonymous tip lines. The only difference being the database feature which could potentially attribute identity. I'd like to hear why anonymous tip lines for crimes, insurance fraud, payola , etc. are allowed to operate without similar concerns into fraudulent or malicious tips. Is it the technology, is it the specific function of the tip lines, or is it the decidedly anti-government tone to the site? Is this a fair legal analogy to draw? My intuition says that a database that is public and searchable does change the equation quite a bit, but legally, why should this matter?

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