WikiLeaks, anarchism and technologies of dissent

Curran, Giorel and Gibson, Morgan (2013) WikiLeaks, anarchism and technologies of dissent. Antipode, 45 2: 294-314. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01009.x

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Author Curran, Giorel
Gibson, Morgan
Title WikiLeaks, anarchism and technologies of dissent
Journal name Antipode   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0066-4812
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01009.x
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 294
End page 314
Total pages 21
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
WikiLeaks is a controversial organisation that attracts polarised responses. This is not unexpected given its key objective of exposing the secrets and social control ambitions of the powerful. While its supporters laud its pursuit of an informational commons, its detractors condemn its antisocial character, its megalomania—and its anarchism. It is the latter that particularly interests us here. This paper treats the “charge” of anarchism seriously, however, giving it the analytical attention it warrants. It does this by first identifying those characteristics of the organisation that would render it anarchist, and then to conceptualise what this anarchism means. It highlights two important elements of the WikiLeaks story: the anarchical character of the technologies it utilises to foment its dissent; and the anarchical ethos of the organisation's radical politics. We conclude by also considering the tensions and contradictions in WikiLeaks that temper both its anarchism and its social change objectives.
Keyword Anarchism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 26 Feb 2013, 01:16:29 EST by Morgan Gibson on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies