Wikileaks: The Website That Changed the World?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

12:30pm to 1:30pm (CST)

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?

LEVEL: Intermediate

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Ian Katz

Deputy Editor, The Guardian bio from Twitter

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Sarah Ellison

Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, author of War at the Wall Street Journal bio from Twitter

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Stephen Engelberg

Managing Editor, ProPublica; Former NYT investigative chief, ME Oregonian,reporter covering CIA, immigration, germ weapons.Constantly seeking stories. bio from Twitter

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Issandr El Amrani

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

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Carne Ross

Author The Leaderless Revolution, writer on world affairs, founder of world's first diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat; tweets personal bio from Twitter

34 attendees

  • Aleks Krotoski
  • Antonio Lulic
  • arabist
  • Julian Burgess
  • Ben Werdmuller
  • Caitlin Dewey
  • Carne Ross
  • Cody Stoltman
  • Simon Wright
  • Dominic Campbell
  • Dan Weingrod
  • Elja
  • Federica Cocco
  • Joanna Geary
  • ian katz
  • James Wahba
  • Kevin Marks
  • Matt Biddulph
  • Michael Morisy
  • Robbie Clutton
  • Rohan Gunatillake
  • Sarah Ellison
  • scldn
  • Simon Willison
  • Steve Wing
  • Stephen Engelberg
  • Lisa van Gelder
  • Aurelio Tinio
  • Tom Kiss
  • Tom Whitwell
  • Tyson Evans
  • Jeff Triplett
  • wilbertbaan
  • Gavin Bell

29 trackers

  • Anna Manasova
  • Beau
  • Ben Ward
  • Paul Mison
  • Chris Sweet
  • Alex Howard
  • Eamonn O'Brien-Strain
  • David Thompson
  • Hanni Ross
  • Hillary Hartley
  • Dan W
  • James Weiner
  • Jason Garber
  • Jory
  • James Stewart
  • karina brisby
  • Kevin Dees
  • Michael Koukoullis
  • Kevin Smith
  • Liang Shi
  • lovisa
  • Mez Hopking
  • Natalie Downe
  • Herman Kuiper
  • Craig Saila
  • TH Schee
  • Shannon Darrough
  • Seb Lee-Delisle
  • Alex Watson

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Time 12:30pm1:30pm CST

Date Tue 15th March 2011


Town Lake Ballroom, Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Town Lake

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