Beyond WikiLeaks by Benedetta Brevini
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`.

 

About Benedetta Brevini

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Dr Benedetta Brevini (PhD, University of Westminster) is Lecturer in Media Policy in the Department of Journalism of City University, London, UK. Her research addresses a range of current issues in international media policy and the political economy of online media. Her work has appeared in international peer-reviewed publications. Dr Brevini has been working as a journalist in Milan, New York and London and currently contributes to The Guardian's Comment is Free.Arne Hintz is Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, UK. Previous appointments include McGill University and Central European University. His research connects communication policy, media activism, citizen media, and technological change. He has been a journalist and communication rights advocate. His publications include the book, Civil Society Media and Global Governance.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. Patrick holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and his work has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals.
 
Published March 19, 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan. 309 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction