UniLeaks: a drop in the bucket

by Graison Hensley Chapman

UniLeaks, a document-leaking site focusing on colleges as Wikileaks does for governments, opened last month.  But the Australian-based operation has a way to go before it makes even a proportionate impact on that area. Christopher Schuetze at the New York Times reports the site bills itself as a news organization that will accept any “restricted or censored material of political, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance,” as long as it pertains to higher education, according to a message posted on the site, www.unileaks.org.

Its delivery on that goal, at least for the moment, is limited: “So far the activity on the Web site has been limited to little more than two open letters to British and Australian university officials,” according to the report.

The University of Minnesota, which has a blank entry in the site’s ‘Repository’ section, is part of  the body unaffected. University spokesman Dan Wolter said in an email that leaking “[is] not as big of a concern with public institutions.”

“Our state Data Practices Act makes most of what we do public information anyway,” he said, but added “for non-public institutions or ones in states with less transparent public information laws, this could be a concern.”