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Wikileaks so far and a little light mathematics

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Jamillah Knowles | 10:40 UK time, Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Hello Outriders,




This week on the Outriders podcast Chris Vallance drops in. He's been keeping an eye on the ongoing Wikileaks stories and together we pulled some clarity out of the mix.

Three main topics emerge ranging from what might happen to Julian Assange, whether the term "Cyber War" is strictly accurate when it comes to referencing the recent DDOS attacks and whether people are reading the leaks themselves.


I had a chat with Dr Jose Nazario who is a senior network analyst with Arbor Networks. He's been watching the increase and changes for politically motivated DDOS attacks and brought some light to the recent actions of Anonymous and their followers.



Chris took a look at future leaks by chatting with former Wikileaker Daniel Domscheit-Berg, also known as Daniel Schmitt. Daniel has started Open Leaks which was not designed to run in competition with Wikileaks. Daniel explains his reasons for starting this platform.

As more and more activists and main names throw their hat into the arena the complexity of the tale increases. No doubt we will be watching this one for a long time to come.



To round off the podcast, I caught up with a 14 year old who has come up with a catchy translation of a pop song, rewritten for the love of mathematics. Spencer Tweedy told me why blogging suits him and how he gets along with Algebra.


That's all for this week, I'll be hunkered down cutting our choicest morsels into an end of year round up, but if you would like to get in touch and let me know what's happening in your web-life, the usual avenues are open.

You can email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, send me a Tweet to say hi, or join in discussions on Facebook by searching for Outriders.


Until next week! ~ Jamillah


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