Prime Minister David Cameron announced details of his government's two-pronged investigation into the News of the World phone hacking fiasco on Wednesday afternoon. Lord Justice Brian Leveson will begin the probe with a review of British media regulations, and another inquiry into those involved in the scandal will follow at some point in the future, depending on criminal proceedings. The London Metropolitan Police are also investigating, but it looks like it's going to take them a while. According to Cameron, police are "looking through 11,000 pages containing 3,870 names, including around 4,000 mobile and 5,000 landline phone numbers. They have contacted 170 people so far -- and they will contact every single person named in those documents."
This sounds like a job for crowdsourcing! Not for the police investigation, of course, but perhaps more informally. It's actually already begun. Around the same time as Cameron's announcement about the investigation, The Telegraph released a database of News of the World articles that mention private phone conversations, voicemails and emails that may have been obtained by the newspaper illegally. So far they only have about a dozen stories, but we'd imagine they'll expand the database as the story develops.