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[liberationtech] Calling all Computer Wizards at Stanford

Tanja Aitamurto tanja.aitamurto at
Tue Jan 17 12:34:06 PST 2012

Hi Emad, thanks for reaching out. I'm not a programmer, but I might have
other skills (crowdsourcing expertise, journalism, etc) to contribute for
this. I'm at Center for Design Research at Stanford. Wanna meet up?

My recent Egypt coverage from Cairo:

(Also cc'ing Wendy Norris, a crowdsourcing expert and a Knight Fellow 2011)


On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM, Emad Mekay <emekay at> wrote:

> My name is Emad Mekay. I am an Arab journalist here at Stanford as a
> Knight Journalism Fellow. I am looking for urgent technical help from
> volunteers, who believe in the right to information and transparency, to
> help us do some quick Website development on a Wikileaks project.
> America In Arabic News Agency, the project I am working on here, needs
> urgent help to set up a website where we could give free access to the
> public to translated Wikileaks documents related to Egypt and later on the
> rest of the Arab countries. We did some stories based on Wikileaks
> documents that revealed secrete meetings between some activist and pubic
> figures and U.S. officials. Some of them were getting U.S. government
> funding. They are now threatening us for revealing that relationship.
> We need the site up today or tomorrow. We are already using a private
> Wordpress site that needs some tweaking and help to make it look more
> professional and not amateurish. The features should include good
> protection, sending mails to readers, the option to pass-word protect
> stories and to later list the Wikileaks documents.
> We have put some stories out along with both the original leaked documents
> and the Arabic translation but were met with a campaign of intimidation in
> Egypt by very powerful people including from the wife of a former
> presidential candidate, a publisher, a presidential candidate and a member
> of the current parliament among others. Experience with wordpress would be
> great. Journalists in Egypt have been unable to make full use of the
> documents because of the intimidation campaign. Some suggested Wordpress
> but we are so busy with writing and translating and need someone to devote
> two or three hours or a total of 10 hours with the site as well.
> This is a time to help and push for greater transparency no matter what
> who the powerful people are. This is very very urgent and confidential.
> Emad
> --
> Emad Mekay
> John S. Knight Journalism Fellow
> Knight Fellowship
> Department of Communication
> Stanford University
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