Crowdleaks came into life during the Operation LeakSpean in December 2010, which aim was to insure, that the publication of #Cablegate by WikiLeaks gets attention around the world.
In order to achive this, we’ve invoked the public spirit of crowd-journalismus and the power of crowd-sourcing.
The objective of Crowdleaks is to diminish all language barriers that may be encountered by those attempting to access Wikileak’s #Cablegate and other information otherwise hidden from people’s record. With the crowd-sourced summarization, translation and publication of articles, we are able to reach the masses by using a method known as ‘crowd journalism.’
We do this by having any citizen-journalist register at Crowdleaks, then find information that have been leaked by WikiLeaks or any other whistleblowing plattform or reliable source. From there they summarize the contents of the cable and submit it for peer review. Once the post has gained a 66% approval rating or higher it’s then published on the site.
Collectively, we have decided to implement the following languages: German, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. (More will follow as soon more than 2 translators for a particular language are on board!)
Our concept is to provide those around the world access to new information that has recently come to light through leaks as well as all information black-outed by the mass media news outlets.
Considering a large portion of leaked cables are in English, it is exceptionally complex for non-native English speakers to gain insight and maintain an overview based on the cable publications. Crowdleaks would like to ensure information is first and foremost accessible by those in outside countries, but also wants this information to be understandable and thorough.
- Crowdleak is the only multilingual site in support of Wikileaks cables; available in 8 different languages
- Our articles are only published after being put through a ‘crowd journalism’ system. Instead of having one single person write an article, our system requires one individual to write an article that can then be edited and peer-reviewed by multiple people for feedback of all kinds. From there the article is then voted on by peers to see if it passes peer-review. This unique crowd journalism technique gives Crowdleaks leverage to provide only the most accurate content
- Although our site publishes information found on Wikileaks and within its leaked cables, we have no affiliation to Wikileaks and do not claim ownership of any leaked cables
- We specifically look for cables that haven’t got much media attention despite their social and political impact. Despite common rumor, there are still thousands of cables that have yet to be sorted through.