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Visualisation of the word frequency in the Wikileaks cables by itmightbedave.

In the wake of Cablegate (the release of numerous US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks), it seems there is a mini-boom in groups following their example: Brusselsleaks and Openleaks spring to mind, and surely there are others I don’t know about.

In a lighthearted way, Club Karlsson (Center for Counter Culture), the club that I co-founded here in Amsterdam, is having a Christmas party entitled “Karlssonleaks”. Guests who bring a USB stick with their choice of interesting liberated or leaked data to hang on our Christmas tree will get into our party for free. Non-leakers have to pay an entrance fee of 10 Euro (and will be given a chance to fill up a USB stick on site). After an evening of drinks, snacks, music and projections, every visitor can take a random USB stick from the tree as a little Christmas present, and discover the digital treats within.

We’ve asked people to use common sense when filling up their USB keys for sharing: we have all read the Wikileaks cables, seen goatse a million times, and don’t want to be Rickrolled. I’ll report back and let everyone know how it goes — I’m certain there will be some interesting data exchanged.

If I don’t get to blogging again before the end of 2010 — happy holidays!

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