Monday, 10 January 2011

WikiLeaks Twitter Paranoia

In the midst of the WikiLeaks hosting saga, it was only natural that I should start following WikiLeaks on Twitter. I remember saying at the time, "I'm probably on some government list now."

I wasn't far wrong:

This stems from a DoJ court order compelling Twitter to reveal information about some of its users. The slight paranoia blog provides a good analysis of the order.

The peculiar thing is that the list of WikiLeaks followers is already public information. And just how useful is this list, anyway? WikiLeaks' Twitter stream is not protected, so anybody can ostensibly "follow" its contents without explicitly following it on Twitter, or even needing a Twitter account.

Essentially, anyone can see what is being tweeted by WikiLeaks, simply by browsing to http://twitter.com/wikileaks. Twitter won't be able to identify people who access this page through an anonymising proxy, so of course, the DoJ won't even know about those followers.

1 comment:

  1. Every Twitter account has an RSS feed associated with it too. But it doesn't look like the US DoJ is the most tech-savvy of institutions.

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