Power of Annonymous: Wikileaks

One of the pillars of the internet’s success has been the anonymity of interactions. The ability to take on a secret identity and go forth saying things and doing deeds that won’t be tied to your real life identity was the stuff of comics, but with the internet, everyone could be a superhero. While this sense of anonymity is being consistently chipped at by companies like Facebook and Google, yet, it still exists on the web. Anonymity is still prominent on the web, and there is no better example of that than the site Wikileaks.com.

Ever since its debut in 2006, it has been the bastion of whistle blowers, and the group behind it, the Sunshine Press,  has been mostly shrouded in mystery. In December 2009, and due to funding issues, they had to suspend the website, close its wiki and limit the site’s functionality to only accepting submissions. But its Director, the eccentric Julian Assange, seems to have had just the right kind of expose to generate publicity for the site and guarantee that they would be able to secure the maximum amount of funding possible.

Wikileaks!

Wikileaks!

On April 3 2010, they released a video entitled “Collateral Damage” which caused quite the controversy for the US armed forces and incited Robert Gates to be driven into an unenviable corner. The video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times on Youtube alone, and certainly got wikileaks a good amount of exposure and hopefully made their fundraiser a success so that they would keep on doing what they do best: be the go-to guys for whistle-blowers around the world.

This is not the only notable leak for them, and they have a long history of breaking some of the most critical documents and stories since their inception. Here are some of their most notable leaks in the past:

How to Plan the Perfect Trip – Where & When to Go On It

I went on a trip to Istanbul recently, and after coming back, I was on Facebook checking some of the pictures that people took of the trip. It was truly exciting to see what each one of them focused on in their pictures and the moments they captured. As I was flipping through the pictures, and adding those friends that I met on the trip to my Facebook, it dawned on me how different traveling nowadays is compared to even a decade ago.

This trip would have been a completely different experience if it wasn’t for social networking sites and the internet. So that sparked the idea to track how exactly the internet shaped this trip.

The marriage of Travel and the Net

The marriage of Travel and the Net

With a two part series, I’ll be discussing the tools and sites that helped make this trip a success without tearing a hole in my pockets. If you like this post, remember to subscribe to our feed in order not to miss part 2.

Planning

There is no denying how influential sites like Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree Forum, and TripAdvisor have been in helping me decide where to stay, what to see and how to plan my days on the trip.

Don’t Piss on Youtube Because Google TV Might Just Piss on You!

More and more people are watching TV on the web on Youtube and Hulu. Those people proved everyone in the television industry wrong because they believed people will not sit and watch an hour long show on their computer screens. This instinct to fight change comes naturally to all industries, they are just too slow to react to revolutions in technology, the music industry is still fighting with tooth and nail to maintain its hegemony on distribution.

Google: The Infograph — Interesting Facts & Figures

A pixel is worth a thousand byte and we at the Thoughtpick blog have a soft spot for infographs. We are always on the lookout for great infographs and are eager to share them with our readers.

So Pingdom went through the effort of going through the stockpiles of data about Google and created this awesome illustration of what exactly is Google.

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

We have all heard about how it feels like to work in Google and how Google is the trend setter of creating the perfect environment for creativity and employee retention. But Facebook is different, rarely have we ever heard about how it feels like to work with Mike Zuckerberg, a company that employs more than a 1000 able people must...

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And The Nobel Peace Prize Goes to…

And The Nobel Peace Prize Goes to…

She really did look her best, didn't she?

Upon hearing her name, the Internet, dressed up in her best attire of a colorful table-based website, and with a flock of blue Twitter birds flying over head, seemed to be really surprised. She quickly gets over the shock (thanks to multitude of fans updating the shock Wikipedia entries in her head), and struts her way to the stage...

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Feb-2010 Must-watch Videos: Skinput, OK Go, Youtube 101 & Chatroulette

The nature of the internet is filled with a lot of information and seeing it animated and simplified visual is certainly a blessing, since it opens our mind to new ways to see our world. Whether it's through maps, info-graphs or psychedelic illustrations videos on the web surely added a much needed freshness to information and data...

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Facebook: A Penny for Your Thought?

Facebook: A Penny for Your Thought?

Facebook Credits

Let me introduce you to "Facebook Credits", now open for applications that not only spam our sorry butts off, but are also about to do some ripping off. Basically, Facebook Credits is a currency that is aimed at making the purchase of virtual goods across Facebook's apps easier.

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European Union Kicks IE’s Butt

European Union Kicks IE’s Butt

CSS on IE6

The European Union, believing that "not knowing you have a choice is no choice at all", has made Microsoft integrate a Browser Choice window in their operating system for both new users and existing Windows PC users.

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Quirky News of the Web — Feb 2010

Quirky News of the Web — Feb 2010

While news like the new Google Buzz and the new Facebook interface and soon to come mailing system dominate the headlines there are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping...

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