Four short links: 23 January 2010

Wikileaks Fundraising, Internet Censorship, Unfree as in Video, and Museums Online

  1. WikiLeaks Fundraising — PayPal has frozen WikiLeaks’ assets. Interesting: they need $600k/yr to run.
  2. The Great Australian Internet Blackout — online protest to raise awareness about the Great Firewall of Australia.
  3. HTML5 Video: Problems Ahead — YouTube and Vimeo won’t support a free codec (file format). The web is undeniably better for Mozilla having entered the browser market, and it would have been impossible for us to do so if there had been a multi-million-dollar licensing fee required for handling HTML, CSS, JavaScript or the like. It’s not just a matter of Mozilla licensing formats such as H.264 for browsers and their users: sites would have to license to distribute content.
  4. History of the World in 100 Objects (BBC) — a radio show, telling the history of humanity in 100 objects from the British Library. Exquisitely high quality commentary (available in original audio and in textual transcript), hi-resolution images, maps, timelines, and more. It’s growing day by day as episodes air, and shows how a quintessentially offline place like a museum can add to the online world.
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  • Pete Warden

    I’m a big fan of Wikileaks’ mission, but I’ve been left unimpressed by their organization. I pushed their recent call for programming volunteers onto the front page of Hacker News ( ) and contacted them directly. Almost a month later, neither I nor any of the other people who offered help have heard back.

    PayPal is well-known for tagging this sort of activity as fraud, I’m pretty sure if they’d pulled in some of the free professional help people had offered they could have avoided this.

  • bex

    I’m surprised that WikiLeaks costs $600k per year to run… I wonder if they could get a grant from the ACLU or PublicCitizen?