What’s new about Wikileaks?<br />Charlie Beckett<br />POLIS, LSE<br />@charliebeckett<br />c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk<br />www....
It’s traditional journalism<br />It takes a source (leaker) to make a Wikileak<br />It has an editor and a newsroom and a ...
It’s a new challenge to power<br />
Its’ a new challenge to power<br />“What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system...
It’s a new challenge to power<br />That’s why they are attacking it<br />It gives evidence for abuse of power <br />It pro...
It’s a new challenge to journalism<br />“It….forces journalists and news organisations to demonstrate to what extent they ...
It’s a new challenge to journalism<br />It is independent<br />It is non-profit<br />It is ideologically motivated<br />It...
It’s networked data journalism<br />It relies on user generated content (the leakers!)<br />It is working with mainstream ...
Where does it end?<br />Transparency as default<br />Endless accountability<br />Or:<br />Privacy premium<br />Digital vau...
What’s new about Wikileaks?<br />Charlie Beckett<br />POLIS, LSE<br />@charliebeckett<br />c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk<br />www....
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An initial look at what is new politically and journalistically about Wikileaks. Is it a new form of journalism? what impact will it have on democracy?

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  1. 1. What’s new about Wikileaks?<br />Charlie Beckett<br />POLIS, LSE<br />@charliebeckett<br />c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk<br />www.charliebeckett.org<br />
  2. 2. It’s traditional journalism<br />It takes a source (leaker) to make a Wikileak<br />It has an editor and a newsroom and a brand<br />It’s selective – they chose what to release<br />It has a motive – to expose abuses<br />It needs a platform with an audience<br />It can be sued, censored and it needs revenue<br />http://futureoftheinternet.org/wikileaks-cable-faq<br />
  3. 3. It’s a new challenge to power<br />
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  5. 5. Its’ a new challenge to power<br />“What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system has been hollowed out.”<br />John Naughton<br />
  6. 6. It’s a new challenge to power<br />That’s why they are attacking it<br />It gives evidence for abuse of power <br />It protects sources and disseminates beyond normal legal sanctions<br />It exposes how power works, not just what it does<br />It is ideologically motivated<br />It is a challenge to networked power (Castells) <br />
  7. 7. It’s a new challenge to journalism<br />“It….forces journalists and news organisations to demonstrate to what extent they are now part of an establishment it is their duty to report.”<br />Emily Bell<br />
  8. 8. It’s a new challenge to journalism<br />It is independent<br />It is non-profit<br />It is ideologically motivated<br />It is disruptive of normal media/power relations<br />It has a different risk calculation<br />It is not accountable to usual media regulation<br />
  9. 9. It’s networked data journalism<br />It relies on user generated content (the leakers!)<br />It is working with mainstream media<br />It is putting material online for public to use<br />It is supported by the public<br />But:<br />Is it transparent?<br />
  10. 10. Where does it end?<br />Transparency as default<br />Endless accountability<br />Or:<br />Privacy premium<br />Digital vaults<br />Uneven Internet<br />
  11. 11. What’s new about Wikileaks?<br />Charlie Beckett<br />POLIS, LSE<br />@charliebeckett<br />c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk<br />www.charliebeckett.org<br />
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