Slovenia sets up a Wikileaks of domestic violence

July 25th, 2010

A service of anonymous reporting of domestic violence has been presented by Ms Katarina Kresal, the Slovenian Minister for the Interior, on the 9th of June 2010, epractice.eu reported.

The service is accessible from three websites, those of the Ministry of the Interior and the Police and the State Portal of the Republic of Slovenia, the national eGovernment portal, and allows anybody to notify crime, petty crime or other forms of security threats derived from domestic violence. It provides an alternative to the phone calls service compared to which it allows the Police to receive more detailed descriptions of the situations, as well as electronic attachments.

According to epractice.eu, the anonymity is guaranteed:

“When logging in to the service users only need basic computer skills; digital certificates are not required. Mr. Svetek [the project coordinator] explained that the anonymity of the applicants is completely ensured through the technical implementation of the service; the application server of the Ministry of Public Administration does not transmit any of the applicants’ data to the Police. “The only way the police can get information on the applicants is if the latter send their data.” he concluded. “

The need for this type of services seems to be growing. It is now well known that any activity or communication on the Internet is leaving uncontrollable and irremovable signs, that could either be used by the police in an inquiry, or simply come back to the surface years after and put the subject into an uncomfortable situation.

Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, once declared that “”If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” It is a way to look at the problem. But in some situations, it does make sense to be able to be able to share information on the Internet without wanting anyone to know about it. This is what the Slovenian service of anonymous reporting of domestic violence enables, and it is also the core of the activity of Wikileaks, a transnational collaborative platform allowing anyone to publish anonymously leaked documents. The website has lately hit the headlines after publishing a video footage of fights in Irak, and most recently after providing classified documents about the war in Afghanistan to several newspapers, The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel.