War for wiki leaks
This week the ARD hosted this 45-minute discussion “Weltmacht WikiLeaks? War on the Net ”, which is now also available at vimeo (see video above). That happened yesterday at the Humboldt University in Berlin SPIEGEL-Forum with the topic “Public enemy Wikileaks - How Julian Assange challenges politics and the media” took place, which Markus Beckedahl accompanied live blogging.
Computer scientist Daniel Domscheidt-Berg, who helped set up Wikileaks and then left it, is bringing out his disclosure book “Inside WikiLeaks: My time on the world's most dangerous website” this week Spiegel Has criticized extensively online.
Who takes responsibility?
On Tuesday I have Domscheidt mountain experienced personally at an event organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, In addition to the linked text, there is also a recording of the event at You Tube.
Jochen Mai and Klaus Eck, for example, raised the question of how Company can respond to employee disloyalty. There is also another question - and that doesn't just apply to Wikileaks: who takes responsibility if something goes wrong?
Openleaks: mailbox concept without responsibility
I found Domscheidt-Bergs' concept for the new leaking platform Openleaks, which he plans to offer shortly, inconclusive: unlike Wikileaks, a leak should never be published on Openleaks itself.
Rather, the whistleblower can decide for himself which of the editors, organization or person affiliated with Openleaks should be leaked the material. The responsibility for editing and publishing lies entirely with the editors - and thus the legal consequences have to be borne by them.
One is the stupid!
Openleaks, on the other hand, is completely out of responsibility - pointing out that one person alone can not decide where personal rights would be violated and what information will be published - and which not. That's true on the one hand, on the other hand, but on the other hand, a little cowardly and comfortable.
The heated discussions that then arose on this very point, shows how explosive the question of who is responsible for such a topic is. Or to put it bluntly: Nobody wants it to be in the end. But, and that is the problem with the whole thing: someone has to take on the unpleasant task.
A size smaller
By the way, the whole is also a few numbers smaller: The employer evaluation platform kununu is ultimately nothing more than a small Whistelblower platform: for if employers are judged objectively and differentiated, the employees do nothing but disclose business secrets.
One difference might be that the statements of the employees are not documented here by documents. That's exactly the point of criticism often practiced on kununu, that in principle anyone can practice revenge on their boss, without that being able to be checked - even if kununu promises controls.
Whistelblowing for openness and transparency
In doing so, I find the idea that employees can openly say what they think about their employer (which is seldom enough anyway!) Really good. Yesterday I wrote that and I think it's good that employees in spe also have such insight into potential companies as well.
Sure, there is a risk of wild company bashing, fake positive (from the company) as well as negative (e.g. from the competition) reviews, because you can't even check whether an employee is really working there. But there is also a real opportunity for more transparency and openness, which companies are forced to do.
However, and you can quickly get back to Wikileaks, anonymity is of course a big sticking point with such rating platforms: Although kununu guarantees full anonymity, it still wants it eMailAddress.
The participation in kununu is absolutely anonymous and the protection of your data is one of our highest principles! All reviews appear only with a date on. The registration data serve only the prevention of misuse or the (voluntarily chosen) sending of a newsletter as well as the access to the own evaluation portal.
When I look at what's going on at Wikileaks and Openleaks to give users full anonymity without traceability, I'm a little scared - and I'm not really a privacy fanatic. I'm just thinking of how easy Stefan Niggemeier was to identify Konstantin Neven Dumont as an anonymous commentator.
In view of this, the protection that kununu offers its users seems a little poor. Certainly it's not as bad as showing your anger at Facebook or Twitter made public air - but…. Perhaps someone would like to explain to me how things are really about anonymity and data protection?
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