Unileaks aims to be the WikiLeaks of education

Continuing the growing tradition of creating whistleblowing sites in the tradition of WikiLeaks, a group of Australians have launched Unileaks in a bid to 'keep education honest.'

Aimed, initially, at the UK and Australian higher education sector, Unileaks claims to be a 'news organisation' specialising in: "Restricted or censored material of political, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance which is in some way connected to higher education, an agency or government body working in partnership with an institution."

The brief appears remarkably similar to that on which WikiLeaks was founded - at least, until it stopped asking for classified information in December of last year following increased interest from US officials in the 'Cablegate' disclosures.

"Aside from the superb work carried out by the publisher Wikileaks, the establishment of Unileaks has been inspired in large part by recent events in the UK," an open letter to UK university vice-chancellors reads. "Namely, the actions students have undertaken in response to the government's austerity measures.

"The strikes, occupations and other, creative forms of resistance to neoliberalism generated by young people in the UK - many still in high school - have taken place against a background of general demoralisation within the higher education sector, and in the absence of any real or effective opposition from licensed bodies," the group continues, before claiming that "what cannot be published in the corporate or state media will be published elsewhere, just as anger and resentment at social injustice can only be bottled up for so long before it explodes."

While the site might have the aim of becoming an education-centric WikiLeaks, it has a long way to go. The forum - marked 'Repository' - which holds the 'leaks' is largely empty at present, with only a few pieces of information present, much of which has already been leaked on other sites in the past.

Whether Unileaks can become as infamous as its more generalised counterpart, or whether it's destined to languish as the angry students behind the project lose interest in the game, remains to be seen.