Do you think that it is necessary to protect our Internet freedom? Why not let it happen over time?
Our non-profit is based in Paris, France, and we try to cover digital democracy-related issues in France, this is why we sometimes refer to French websites and news. If you do not read French you can use Google Translate in order to get a (more-or-less accurate) English translation.
Internet freedoms are multi-faceted: They include, but are not limited to, the freedoms and rights cited in CNIL's website (CNIL is the French national commission for the protection of digital privacy). These stem from the Declaration of Human and Citizen Rights and the Constitution to the new territory of the Internet.
For a detailed presentation of our fears vis-à-vis Internet freedom and motivation for defending them, go to the page "About us".
The Internet has no borders. What happens on the Internet at one location can directly influence what happens elsewhere on the Internet: Censorship and blocking sites for political reasons are examples.
No. Liberté-info is an organization created by citizens who are neither journalists nor lawyers, nor in politics. We want to remain completely independent to work for our stated goals. In this regard, we like to remain in the spirit of Article 2 of the French Constitution: "(government of) the people, by the people and for the people."
However, for our limited resources to have the most impact, we will occasionally partner with other national or international organizations to achieve common objectives.
No. One of our goals is to help whistleblowing efforts to be recognized as an important part of online journalism and to protect individuals who do this and their sources from prosecution or investigation.
Exposing a government or corporate crime should not be a crime. It is an act of high civic duty in which the whistleblower exposes the unlawful or immoral acts of highly powerful entities or individuals – often at the expense of his or her career, peace of mind and sometimes life.
In addition, whistleblowing websites have specialized infrastructure (which we do not have) to protect their sources by making submission of documents secure, preventing whistleblowers from being traced. This includes the custodian site, providing total anonymity for the source.
This Al Jazeera article mentions more whistleblowing websites.
Note that we have exceptionally published exclusive documents as part of our support campaign to Rudolf Elmer: This because we believe it brought important aspects of his case to light, and also because we believe a fundamental right (of information in this case) is like a muscle (or a language): in order to keep it alive you need to practice it. Defending freedom of information has little sense if one doesn't actually use that right. However that wasn't an act of whitleblowing, but rather of publishing data that is supposed to be public but that most big media tend to intentionally ignore, for more or less honest reasons.
As an association, our resources are limited and come primarily from time and efforts offered by volunteers. We will be happy to welcome you among our volunteers. There is a large number of tasks to be carried out which do not necessarily require any kind of expertise.
To enable us to offer you good matches with what you would like to do, please send us an e-mail stating your skills and area of interest. We will get back to you soon!
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