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#INTERNET #WEB #WIKILEAKS #politics #media #Guardian ~ The Man Who Spilled the Secrets [http://bit.ly/ghH31j]


The ideal role of a journalistic outlet, in Assange’s view, is to be a passive conduit for reality, or at least for slivers of reality, with as little intervention as possible—no editing, no contextualizing, no explanations, no thinking, no weighing of one person’s claims against another’s, no regard for consequences. The technology that Assange has worked on for most of his career possesses immense capabilities, and cannot be controlled by a single institution or voice. It is perhaps for this reason that WikiLeaks—ultimately replaceable by the next technologically savvy anarchist—is so disturbing to so many.



The Man Who Spilled the Secrets


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Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair, Feb 2011

January 13, 2011 Posted by | "Collateral Murder" video, 1917 Espionage Act, Afghanistan documents, Alan Rusbridger, Amnesty International, Bradley Manning, citizen journalism, crowd sourcing, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Daniel Ellsberg, Der Spiegel, El País, Eric Holder, Guantánamo, Hrafnsson, Iraq war logs, Le Monde, media, New York Times, Pentagon Papers, redaction, Reporters Without Borders, Smári McCarthy, U.S. diplomatic cables, U.S.Embassy cables, Unique Personality Organisation [UPO], Wau Holland, Web 2.0, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

WIKILEAKS ESSAY The sting of digital insurgency



The sting of digital insurgency

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Mukul Kesavan

WikiLeaks is important in three separate, though overlapping ways. First, WikiLeaks is important as a clearing house for news that you can’t get elsewhere. It is crucial as journalism. Second, WikiLeaks deserves our attention because it is trying to pioneer a digital insurgency against what it thinks are unaccountable bureaucracies and conspiratorial states. In this avatar, it is a rallying point for a radical politics that’s based on the premise that the workings of a state should be presumptively open and transparent, a venerable idea that has suddenly been given teeth by the digital revolution. Finally, WikiLeaks is important as an example of the way in which individuals, corporations and states are constantly ambushed by a virtual world that we’ve come to take for granted over the last decade without stopping to think of its impact on our “offline” lives

 

 




January 8, 2011 Posted by | 1917 Espionage Act, Amazon, Apple, FaceBook, MasterCard, PayPal, Radia Tapes, Ron Paul, U.S. diplomatic cables, Visa, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment