Crowd Digging, de Nederlandse cables is an installation that displays 5588 secret diplomatic US documents, reporting from the US ambassy in The Hague and the US consulate general in Amsterdam. The 5588 documents, also called cables, have been published by WikiLeaks in 2010 and are a selection of the in total 251.287 cables that have been leaked. They showed, among other things, that between 2000 and 2010, the Dutch government granted permission for the export of raw materials used in poison gas to the Syrian regime of President al-Assad.
The installation is part of the research initiave Crowd Digging, a platform for collective reading and commenting developed by Buro Jansen Janssen. Here, the public is invited to collect material for further investigation and to share contextual information around the cables.
Crowd Digging on display during Hacking Habitat, Utrecht 2016
cables of the category Military & Defense Affairs
cables of the category Economic Affairs
The installation is designed by Manetta Berends, Mandy Cobussen and Robin Smits in the context of our BA Graphic Design graduation at ArtEZ Arnhem, 2012. Crowd Digging has been commissioned by Buro Jansen Janssen, and supervised by Vinca Kruk.
Crowd Digging is exhibited during the international manifestion Hacking Habitat in 2016.
the cable "DUTCH PM BALKENENDE'S WASHINGTON VISIT BOLSTERS GOVERNMENT STANCE ON IRAQ TROOP RENEWAL"
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