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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-is-not-free dept.

combatserver writes:

"While The Guardian and The New York Times reported on the NSA targeting of data leaked by popular mobile apps, independent sources produced highly-detailed articles--accompanied by source material--that paint a much broader picture of NSA capabilities and intent. Recent restrictions imposed on journalists--a result of corporate influence, editorial decisions, and threats against journalists--combined with the ease of establishing a website, might be driving a new era in journalism.

The Intercept recently announced a shift towards independent reporting with the creation of their own news outlet, free of the constraints imposed on journalists by 'Big Media' and governments. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have joined forces to provide the world with an alternative, perhaps blazing a path towards a fundamental change in how news is reported and distributed. SoylentNews can play a significant role in this shift towards journalistic freedom--we share many common core-ideals, and can give voice to independent news sources.

The Big Question: How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:47PM (#1564)

    While I'm thrilled these independent sources exist, and I support them 100% (even if I often disagree with them), I'm not convinced they're any more independent than any other source. As soon as they become a threat they'll be closed down: the banks will refuse to allow people to pay them, sources will refuse to talk with them, etc. "The Intercept" is great, but I don't see any reason to believe they'll be able to report more openly than any one else. Are they a corp based in Iceland? No. What definitive steps have they taken to back up their claim? Granted their staff are so far composed of fearless folks like Poitras and Greenwald, and backed by lots of money, but that's rarely enough. Good luck to them all regardless, and I sure hope I'm wrong!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:04AM (#2196)

    Banks will stop people from paying them? There's this new thing called Bitcoin you may have heard about...

    That's of course not to say they're impossible to shut up. But with cryptocurrency, it becomes that much harder to shut someone up with a Wikileaks-style donation blockade (which eventually failed anyway). Going after DNS? Just the thing Namecoin needs for more adoption. National firewalls? Tor, including obfuscated bridges. NSA on your ass? Well, that does complicate things, but they're hardly unbeatable when gone up against within a certain scope (not all crypto is weakened, after all...distribute the content first, under their noses, and drop a key to decrypt it after the fact before they know what hit 'em).

    Whack-a-mole is an interesting game...