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The Political Economy of WikiLeaks: Power 2.0? Surveillance 2.0? Criticism 2.0? Alternative Media 2.0?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2011 (English)In: Global Media Journal : Australian Edition, ISSN 1835-2340, Vol. 5, no 1, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The task of this paper is to analyse how WikiLeaks relates to capitalism. It deals specifically with the questions: Is WikiLeaks a counter-surveillance medium? Is it a form of alternative medium and alternative journalism? How does WikiLeaks relate to the liberal and socialist worldviews? The role of WikiLeaks as a watchdog organisation is analysed and the role of surveillance, counter-surveillance and transparency is discussed (section 2). The paper assesses how ideology and worldviews shape WikiLeaks self-understanding (section 3) and WikiLeaks is connected to journalism and alternative media theory (section 4). Finally, some conclusions about the role of WikiLeaks in contemporary capitalism are drawn (section 5).

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2011. Vol. 5, no 1, 1-17 p.
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-159698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-159698DiVA: diva2:446334
Available from: 2011-10-06 Created: 2011-10-06 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved

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