Wikileaks and the limits of protocol

Winn, Joss (2011) Wikileaks and the limits of protocol. In: Face the future: tools for the modern media age. The internet and journalism today . Abramis Publishing, Bury St. Edmunds, pp. 238-248. ISBN 9781845494834

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Abstract

In this chapter, I reflect on Wikileaks and its use of technology to achieve freedom in capitalist society. Wikileaks represents an avant-garde form of media (i.e. networked, cryptographic), with traditional democratic values: opposing power and seeking the truth. At times, http://wikileaks.org appears broken and half abandoned and at other times, it is clearly operating beyond the level of government efficiency and military intelligence. It has received both high acclaim and severe criticism from human rights organisations, the mainstream media and governments. It is a really existing threat to traditional forms of power and control yet, I suggest, it is fundamentally restrained by liberal ideology of freedom and democracy and the protocological limits of cybernetic capitalism.

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Additional Information:In this chapter, I reflect on Wikileaks and its use of technology to achieve freedom in capitalist society. Wikileaks represents an avant-garde form of media (i.e. networked, cryptographic), with traditional democratic values: opposing power and seeking the truth. At times, http://wikileaks.org appears broken and half abandoned and at other times, it is clearly operating beyond the level of government efficiency and military intelligence. It has received both high acclaim and severe criticism from human rights organisations, the mainstream media and governments. It is a really existing threat to traditional forms of power and control yet, I suggest, it is fundamentally restrained by liberal ideology of freedom and democracy and the protocological limits of cybernetic capitalism.
Keywords:Wikileaks, protocol, Capitalism, Marxism, Tiqqun, Liberalism, control, abstraction
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:4058
Deposited By: Joss Winn
Deposited On:21 Feb 2011 16:41
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:56

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