The Australian who Sarah Palin keeps on unironically calling “un-American,” WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange penned an op-ed describing what his passion for disclosure and truth.
In it he coins what he calls “Scientific journalism:”
WikiLeaks coined a new type of journalism: scientific journalism. We work with other media outlets to bring people the news, but also to prove it is true. Scientific journalism allows you to read a news story, then to click online to see the original document it is based on. That way you can judge for yourself: Is the story true? Did the journalist report it accurately?
Democratic societies need a strong media and WikiLeaks is part of that media. The media helps keep government honest. WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and Afghan wars, and broken stories about corporate corruption.
We think “scientific journalism” sounds a lot like crowdsourcing and citizen journalism.
Read the whole piece here.