WikiLeaks : the Napster of secrets?

Bruns, Axel (2014) WikiLeaks : the Napster of secrets? International Journal of Communication, 8, pp. 2646-2651.

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Abstract

WikiLeaks has become a global phenomenon, and its founder and spokesman Julian Assange an international celebrity (or terrorist, depending on one’s perspective). But perhaps this focus on Assange and his website is as misplaced as the attacks against Napster and its founders were a decade ago: WikiLeaks itself only marks a new phase in a continuing shift in the balance of power between states and citizens, much as Napster helped to undermine the control of major music labels over the music industry. If the history of music filesharing is any guide, no level of punitive action against WikiLeaks and its supporters is going to re-contain the information WikiLeaks has set loose.

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ID Code: 76281
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: WikiLeaks, whistleblowing, secrets, Napster, Julian Assange
ISSN: 1932-8036
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Axel Bruns
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd)
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2014 22:24
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2014 20:56

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