Tuesday 15th March, 2011
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wikileaks began as an audacious idea, a statement about the potential of the internet to speak truth to power and to open governments. Barely four years later, the whistleblower's website finds itself at the centre of an unprecedented global storm over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of confidential cables from US embassies around the world. To many WikiLeaks's founder Julian Assange is a hero who has shone the bright glare of public scrutiny into places governments would rather keep hidden; to others he is a vandal, taking a sledgehammer to the secrecy all states need to maintain to function. Is Wikileaks just one expression valve for the web, one that would be replaced by others if it was closed? Has it changed the public's understanding of and relationship to government in any real and lasting way, or is it a media preoccupation?
Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, author of War at the Wall Street Journal bio from Twitter
Managing Editor, ProPublica; Former NYT investigative chief, ME Oregonian,reporter covering CIA, immigration, germ weapons.Constantly seeking stories. bio from Twitter
The site on Arab politics and culture. Tweets with links are not necessarily endorsements - I often tweet stuff I hate. And a favorite is just a bookmark, ok? bio from Twitter
Author The Leaderless Revolution, writer on world affairs, founder of world's first diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat; tweets personal bio from Twitter
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