Wikileaks and the Age of Transparency (Google eBook)

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OR Books, 2011 - Transparency in government - 211 pages
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The United States government is diligent--some might say to the point of obsession--in defending its borders against invaders. Now we are told a small, international band of renegades armed with nothing more than laptops presents the greatest threat to the U.S. regime since the close of the Cold War. WikiLeaks' release of a massive trove of secret official documents has riled politicians from across the spectrum. Even noted free-speech advocate Floyd Abrams blames WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the certain defeat of federal shield-law legislation protecting journalists. Hyperbole, hysteria? Certainly. Welcome to the Age of Transparency.
But political analyst and writer Micah Sifry argues that WikiLeaks is not the whole story: It is a symptom, an indicator of an ongoing generational and philosophical struggle between older, closed systems, and the new open culture of the Internet. Despite Assange's arrest, the publication of secret documents continues. As Sifry shows, this is part of a larger movement for greater governmental and corporate transparency: "When you combine connectivity with transparency--the ability for more people to see, share and shape what is going on around them--the result is a huge increase in social energy, which is being channeled in all kinds of directions."

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Review: WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency

User Review  - Ed Summers - Goodreads

This book is a decent, quick read. There were quite a few pointers to news articles and blog posts I want to follow up on. I was kind of surprised how little content was about Wikileaks itself. There ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hans de Zwart - Goodreads

This short book gives a solid overview of a lot of open government initiatives. It also touches on what things like Wikileaks mean for governance. Sifry's conclusion is that it just means that it will become increasingly hard say you do something and do something else. Read full review


Foreword by Andrew Rasiej
The WikiLeaks Moment
The Beginning of the Age of Networked Politics
From Scarcity to Abundance
Kicking Down the Door to the SmokeFilled Room
The Global Transparency Movement
A Movement or a Mirage?
The End of Secrecy
WikiLeaks and the Future of the Transparency

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About the author (2011)

Micah L. Sifry is a Senior Analyst and Nancy Watzman is Research and Investigative Projects Director at Public Campaign. Their articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper's magazine, The Nation, the New Republic, and

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