What WikiLeaks wrought

Jerry —  December 12, 2010 — 1 Comment

The WikiLeaks case shines a bright light on all sorts of relationships, such as those between journalism and activism, secrecy and transparency, government and the media, national security and freedom of speech (not again!), and watchdogs and terrorists. The Times, they are a-changin’.

Some of the questions that leap out:

You can find all these articles in context in my online Brain (takes a moment for app to load):

Here’s a link to that spot in my Brain on the Web.

If you have time, read Milton Mueller’s piece, and watch the #PDFleaks meeting that took place on Saturday (replay here).

Other resources of note:

(I’m hosting the weekly Yi-Tan call about WikiLeaks on Monday Dec. 13 at 10:30am Pacific. To get the dial-in information, please write me.)

Jerry

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One response to What WikiLeaks wrought

  1. Here’s an in-depth look at Assange and WikiLeaks by the Finn Brunton that’s well worth the read:

    http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/default.asp?channel_id=2187&editorial_id=29463

    It’s got this really nice summation of what WikiLeaks is really about:

    WikiLeaks, in the long run, is meant as a way of filtering good/‘open’ organizations from bad/‘secret’ ones, creating an inhospitable environment in which to be secret, and thereby improving governance. Assange is not the nihilistic wrecker-of-civilization fantasized by the American right (who seem to have at last found the Bond villain their impoverished understanding of the world has led them to look for). His work reflects an attitude of intensely moral empiricism, empowered by a programmer’s toolkit for abstraction and breaking big problems into smaller ones. The politics of WikiLeaks is a cybernetic politics, with built-in, auto-correcting feedback loops that tend a society towards transparent institutions and accurate information, because the cost of conspiratorial secrecy is pushed disproportionately high.

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