Does WikiLeaks show us the limits of public space on Internet?

WikiLeaks and the documents it has made available to the media in recent days has set off a paroxysm of criticism and derision across the globe, inciting powerful entities — from the U.S. government to mighty corporations — to action.I’m not sure where I stand on WikiLeaks’ mission and how it plays out in the real world. My own experience has reinforced a belief that power comes with access to information. I also understand the importance of secrets, in certain circumstances. As we debate the merits or pitfalls of releasing so many secrets a parallel conversation is going on concerning WikiLeaks’ experience on the Internet, particularly vis-a-vis companies that control key gateways on the information highway. Here’s one perspective in that discussion. I’m interested to hear what others think.


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