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Beyond WikiLeaks
Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society
 
 
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Revelations published by the whistleblower platform WikiLeaks, including the releases of U.S. diplomatic cables in what became referred to as 'Cablegate', put WikiLeaks into the international spotlight and sparked intense about the role and impact of leaks in a digital era. Beyond WikiLeaks opens a space to reflect on the broader implications across political and media fields, and on the transformations that result from new forms of leak journalism and transparency activism. A select group of renowned scholars, international experts, and WikiLeaks 'insiders' discuss the consequences of the WikiLeaks saga for traditional media, international journalism, freedom of expression, policymaking, civil society, social change, and international politics. From short insider reports to elaborate and theoretically informed academic texts, the different chapters provide critical assessments of the current historical juncture of our mediatized society and offer outlooks of the future. Authors include, amongst others, Harvard University's Yochai Benkler, Graham Murdoch of Loughborough University, net activism scholar, Gabriella Coleman, the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jillian York, and Guardian editor, Chris Elliott. The book also includes a conversation between philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and its prologue is written by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP and editor of the WikiLeaks video, `Collateral Murder`.


Description

Revelations published by the whistleblower platform WikiLeaks, including the releases of U.S. diplomatic cables in what became referred to as 'Cablegate', put WikiLeaks into the international spotlight and sparked intense about the role and impact of leaks in a digital era. Beyond WikiLeaks opens a space to reflect on the broader implications across political and media fields, and on the transformations that result from new forms of leak journalism and transparency activism. A select group of renowned scholars, international experts, and WikiLeaks 'insiders' discuss the consequences of the WikiLeaks saga for traditional media, international journalism, freedom of expression, policymaking, civil society, social change, and international politics. From short insider reports to elaborate and theoretically informed academic texts, the different chapters provide critical assessments of the current historical juncture of our mediatized society and offer outlooks of the future. Authors include, amongst others, Harvard University's Yochai Benkler, Graham Murdoch of Loughborough University, net activism scholar, Gabriella Coleman, the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jillian York, and Guardian editor, Chris Elliott. The book also includes a conversation between philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and its prologue is written by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP and editor of the WikiLeaks video, `Collateral Murder`.


Reviews

"This is a genuinely outstanding collection of crisply written, thoroughly argued and well-sourced essays on a landmark information policy and freedom case. Internationally known writers and dynamic younger researchers join forces to address WikiLeaks' pivotal issues for the Internet era." - John D.H. Downing, Editor, Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

"Benedetta Brevini, Arne Hintz and Patrick McCurdy have assembled a truly impressive international range of authors to interrogate some key questions of our age: does WikiLeaks represent a decisively new way of representing the world? If so, does this signal a new way of doing politics? In whose long-term interests, and with what consequences for democratic cultures? This is a landmark collection." - Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
 
"This book traces the paradigm shift that WikiLeaks has brought for freedom of expression, the role of the media, and grassroots activism. It is a powerful intervention into the struggle for a free and open Internet and features authoritative contributions by a prestigious collection of academics, activists and public intellectuals who understand what is at stake." - Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, McGill University, Canada

"The WikiLeaks complex of information, events, networks, and people provides a focus for the current transformation of law-state-society relations. This book's superb entree into many of the myriad faces of the WikiLeaks moment tells us what should be our attendant attentions, our research agendas." - Sandra Braman, Professor of Communication, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, USA
 
"Beyond WikiLeaks presents a relevant set of essays that come at a time when society seems to feed on the 'need to know' and yet crosses boundaries and breaks laws retrieving the data it so badly desires." - Benjamin Kolenda, Journal of American Culture


Contents

Foreword; Birgitta Jonsdottir
Introduction: B.Brevini, A.Hintz & P.McCurdy
1. WikiLeaks and the Networked 4th Estate; Yochai Benkler
2. Follow the Money: WikiLeaks and the Political Economy of Disclosure; Benedetta Brevini & Graham Murdock
3. The Leak Heard Round the World? Cablegate in the Evolving Global Mediascape; Lisa Lynch
4. WikiLeaks and the Public Interest Dilemma: A View from Inside the Media; Chris Elliot
5. 'Something Old, Something New...': WikiLeaks, Newspapers and Conjoint Approaches to Political Exposure; Hopeton S. Dunn
6. WikiLeaks and Whistleblowing: The Framing of Bradley Manning; Einar Thorsen, Chindu Sreedharan & Stuart Allan
7. From the Pentagon Papers to Cablegate: How the Network Society Has Changed Leaking; Patrick McCurdy
8. Dimensions of Modern Freedom of Expression: WikiLeaks, Policy Hacking, and Digital Freedoms; Arne Hintz
9. Weak Links and WikiLeaks: How Control of Critical Internet Resources and Social Media Companies' Business Models Undermine the Networked Free Press; Dwyane Winseck
10. WikiLeaks, Secrecy and Freedom of Information: The Case of the UK; David Banisar & Francesca Fanucci
11. WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Exercise of Individuality: Protesting in the Cloud; Stefania Milan
12. Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking; Gabriella Coleman
13. The Internet and Transparency Beyond WikiLeaks; Jillian C. York
14. WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring: The Twists and Turns of Media, Culture and Power; Ibrahim Saleh
15. Twelve Theses on WikiLeaks; Geert Lovink & Patrice Riemens
16. Amy Goodman in conversation with Julian Assange and Slavoj Žižek


Authors

Benedetta Brevini is Lecturer in Media Policy and Public Affairs in the department of Journalism of Brunel University, London, UK. Her research addresses a range of current issues in European and international media policy and regulation and has appeared in international publications like the European Journal of Communication, Interaction: Studies in Communication and Culture, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, Political Communication Polcom. Before joining academia she worked as a journalist in Milan, New York and London and she currently writes for the Guardian's Comment is Free.

Arne Hintz is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His research connects communication governance, citizen media and technological change. He is Vice-Chair of both the Community Communication Section and the Global Media Policy Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). He has a practical background in journalism and media activism, and he has been a communication rights advocate at the UN World Summit on the Information Society. His publications include the book Civil Society Media and Global Governance (2009).

Patrick McCurdy is Assistant Professor in the Department Communication at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is interested in the representation of politically contentious issues and correlating actions of political actors in an age of media saturation. His dissertation, entitled ''I Predict a Riot' – Mediation and Political Contention: Dissent!'s media practices at the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Summit' , awarded in 2009, was selected as part of the LSE History of Thought Theses showcasing theses deemed as having contributed to the development of thought at the LSE. Patrick's work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Communication, Critical Discourse Studies, Communications - European Journal of Communication Research and Interface: A journal for and about social movements.