WikiLeaks : The Napster of Secrets?

Bruns, Axel (2014) WikiLeaks : The Napster of Secrets? In Christensen, Christian (Ed.) WikiLeaks : From Popular Culture to Political Economy. USC Annenberg Press.

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: 79473
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Napster, whistleblowing
ISBN: 9781625176349
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 USC Annenberg Press.
Copyright Statement: Published under Creative Commons Non-Commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) license.
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2014 23:52
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 16:14

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