Radio Berkman 171: Wikileaks and the Information Wars

December 8th, 2010

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Our emails have been dinging off the hook here at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, with notes from journalists and concerned citizens trying to make some sense of the story-in-progress that is Wikileaks.

So today we pull together some of the brightest minds at the Berkman Center to talk about Wikileaks, with Jonathan Zittrain and Lawrence Lessig moderating.

Zittrain, Lessig, and the Berkman Center Fellows explore many facets surrounding the Wikileaks imbroglio, including the values of transparency and freedom of speech; the legality and ethics of the Wikileaks data dump; the role of the news media; and the involvement of government and private tech organizations to take Wikileaks down.

Thanks so much to all the journalists, commenters, and tweeters who sent in their questions. See some additional resources below, including a full transcript for download.

Reference Section
Full Transcript as .pdf
Frequently Asked Questions about the Wikileaks from Jonathan Zittrain
More questions and thoughts from Joseph Reagle
David Weinberger on Standing with the Net
Notes and responses from Jillian C. York
More on Wikileaks and Operation Payback from Marketplace Tech
Thoughts on the Espionage Act and its applicability to journalists

CC-licensed Music this Week from Morgantj and Robert Rich, and .

Flickr photo courtesy of malakhkelevra.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael Barbere  |  December 9th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    There is an increase in the allegations that Assange has unilaterally removed embarrassing Israeli cables from the US State Dept. cable releases. The allegations is that Assange had met with Israeli officials and may have been paid off in order to destroy or halt the release of these type of documents. If these allegations are true: Assange’s moral argument for transparency are completely null and void.

    Compounding these allegations is the way in which Assange has handled the organization. His dictatorial control over content that was not created by him is troubling. Assange has also become the news rather than the leaked cables themselves.

  • 2. Wikileaks exploded the in&hellip  |  December 9th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    […] happening all over the internet. The result is this FAQ JZ and I have put together, which has gotten a lot of play around the […]

  • 3. The best what-is-journali&hellip  |  December 9th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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  • 4. Joe R  |  December 10th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    1. It’s not a .txt file (which can be viewed in your browser). It’s an .rtf file which needs a word processor to view it. Please change it to a .txt file (Make sure it has line feeds every 75 characters or so as some browsers don’t wrap txt files).

    2. @Michael Barbere. Citation required, as they say on Wikipedia. Who is making these allegations and where are they getting their information from? Without references this sounds like just another smear.

    Joe R

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  • 9. James Hyams  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’m writing a thesis on Public Trust in WikiLeaks, the Media and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/?s=ILLLML_9669e09d. Would be great if you would encourage others to do the survey also.

  • 10. WikiLeaks must now fail f&hellip  |  May 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    […] his own personal beliefs and the operations of WikiLeaks. Even with the insight of some of the brightest media scholars in the world, Assange’s enigmatic nature has tended to obscure any clarity regarding WikiLeaks’ mission, not […]

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