Moomeo: A perfect site for whistleblowers and anti-corruption initiatives?

Moomeo

Moomeo is a relatively new site based on a powerful, simple idea. It creates a webpage out of any email sent to post@moomeo.com. This website comes with easy links to share it on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else on the web. Importantly, it does not show the sender of the email, ensuring that her / his identity is a secret. However, Moomeo does have a clear disclosure policy, which means that your identity can be revealed if you use an email that is tied to your name, or a well known online identity associated with you. So rule of thumb, if you are going to send a potential explosive email, it’s best to do it from an email that cannot be traced back to you.

This caveat aside, Moomeo is a tremendously easy way to get sensitive information out into the public domain. Sites likes Wikileaks also Publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct, but can be daunting for non-technical users to add information on to quickly and securely. Moomeo has a distinct advantage in this regard.

An example of an email I penned to test the system, and instantly available online, can be viewed here. Moomeo’s platform allows for comments, comment subscription via email and RSS and integration with leading social networks.

Moomeo supports attachments, does not need registration, and is free.

Who in Sri Lanka use this first? And will this site also be banned or blocked if, for example, revelations related to war crimes make their way on to it?

3 comments on “Moomeo: A perfect site for whistleblowers and anti-corruption initiatives?

  1. the revelation painting
    November 15, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    I once knew a Combat Veteran from the Korean Conflict who was injured in the front lines. The VA stated there were no records to validate his complaint although he was smart enough to produce morning reports (which validate presence in morning roll call), that noted he was absent 33 days in the middle of a war. The VA never acknowledged those reports. The soldier demanded a formal investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs through the White House. That request was ignored as well. He never heard a word.
    For a moral person, it is second nature to think that fs you expose corruption it will be addressed and halted immediately but the simple truth is that our current way of life and corruption go hand in hand. It is the fuel of the fire which creates the melted threads of a country whos’ leaders thrive on who can appear to be the richest and most powerful at any cost.
    How can you fight a corrupt system when the system which governs the system is just as corrupt?

  2. jheinzelman
    November 19, 2009 at 3:25 am #

    Sanjana, thanks for this.

    I’m curious how you envision posting leading to attention and/or action. 1) How do people find the moomeo email? A brief look indicates that moomeo lacks the ability to tag or group topics effectively (i.e. I couldn’t start a group of whistle blowing emails on Sri Lanka and nicely collect them all into one record a la Wikileaks) Seems that I’d have to subscribe to every person that might potentially post thing (with the anonymity factor (not knowing who to subscribe to) this would prove challenging. Are you envisioning this technology being used by a wikileaks-type org to make the process less intimidating? For that it has a real benefit-it would act kind of like a twitter, but with more characters.

    I’d just want to make sure that it couldn’t be tracked to my IP address either🙂 Anonymity is something truly tricky to ensure these days.

  3. Sanjana Hattotuwa
    December 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    @jheinzelman

    “1) How do people find the moomeo email?”

    The URL is sent to the person who posted the information on the site. It can subsequently be sent out via email, on Twitter, via Facebook, linked to on a site or pasted just about anywhere on the web that supports hyperlinking.

    ” (i.e. I couldn’t start a group of whistle blowing emails on Sri Lanka and nicely collect them all into one record a la Wikileaks)”

    Depends on how you see a collection. You can start a twitter feed or you can start a Facebook page using the URLs generated by this site. You can also populated a RSS channel through comments generated by a specific email.

    “Seems that I’d have to subscribe to every person that might potentially post thing (with the anonymity factor (not knowing who to subscribe to) this would prove challenging.”

    This site is more for one off exposes than a series of documents. That said, my response above suggest how even it can be leveraged, quite easily using Twitter and Facebook, to catalogue the release of more than one document.

    “Are you envisioning this technology being used by a wikileaks-type org to make the process less intimidating?”

    We are talking about two different, but complementary models of using the web for whistleblowing.

    “I’d just want to make sure that it couldn’t be tracked to my IP address either Anonymity is something truly tricky to ensure these days.”

    There are a number of ways to anonymise one’s IP, including for example setting up a Gmail account from a computer suitably configured, which makes tracing back an email based on IP a very difficult thing to do. Again, this is beyond the scope of this site. As I clearly noted in my post “Moomeo does have a clear disclosure policy, which means that your identity can be revealed if you use an email that is tied to your name, or a well known online identity associated with you. So rule of thumb, if you are going to send a potential explosive email, it’s best to do it from an email that cannot be traced back to you.”

    Sanjana

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