WikiLeaks’ Proposed Radical Transparency

Generally, under the absence of sinister forces, the secrecy of a state is grounded in a concern for the security of its citizens.  Information professionals like traditional government archivists, romanticize themselves as gatekeepers to stores of information, and by nature they feel possessive of the records in their custody.  So what are traditional, and modern archivists, for that matter, to make of the radical transparency behind the actions of WikiLeaks?  The framework in which this organization operates poses serious ethical questions to the profession and its role in the processes of transitional justice, reconstruction, and stabilization that occur well after the fact.

The profession of journalism similarly comes under assault by WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.  The New Yorker provides insight in a critical portrait of the WikiLeaks founder vis-a-vis the journalistic integrity of the most recent leak.

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