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WikiLeaks and the changing forms of information politics in the "Network Society"

Sreedharan, Chindu, Thorsen, Einar and Allan, Stuart ORCID: 2012. WikiLeaks and the changing forms of information politics in the "Network Society". Downey, Ed and Jones, Matthew A., eds. Public Service, Governance and Web 2.0 Technologies: Future Trends in Social Media, Premier reference source, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference,, pp. 167-180. (10.4018/978-1-4666-0071-3.ch011)

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This chapter offers an analysis of one instance of “mass self-communication” namely the website WikiLeaks. Founded in 2006 by Australian internet activist Julian Paul Assange, WikiLeaks aimed to facilitate an anonymous electronic drop box for whistleblowers. WikiLeaks has promoted the cause of investigative journalism, organising citizens into a powerful force of news-gatherers, and laying bare a wealth of privileged information. By first disrupting and then decentralising relations of power, WikiLeaks encourages new ways of thinking. At the heart of this process is a radical recasting of what counts as a public service ethos, one which promises to reinvigorate traditional conceptions of journalism’s role and responsibilities in a democratic culture.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Publisher: Information Science Reference,
ISBN: 9781466600713
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:06

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