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[liberationtech] New book of interest to list: Beyond WikiLeaks - Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society

Patrick McCurdy Patrick.McCurdy at
Tue Mar 26 07:07:56 PDT 2013

Hi all,

Perhaps this new edited book on WikiLeaks (which has contributions from a few list members including Jillian York) may be of interest. It was released in the UK on Friday and is also now out in North America (ignore the "wait times" on sites like Amazon, the book is being distributed now). Any questions, let me know.

Beyond WikiLeaks:
Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society

Edited by Benedetta Brevini, Arne Hintz and Patrick McCurdy ; Palgrave Macmillan

Revelations published by the whistleblower platform WikiLeaks, including the releases of U.S. diplomatic cables in what became referred to as 'Cablegate', put WikiLeaks into the international spotlight and sparked intense debate about the role and impact of leaks in a digital era. 'Beyond WikiLeaks' opens a space to reflect on the broader implications across political and media fields, and on the transformations that result from new forms of leak journalism and transparency activism. A select group of renowned scholars, international experts, and WikiLeaks 'insiders' discuss the consequences of the WikiLeaks saga for traditional media, international journalism, freedom of expression, policymaking, civil society, social change, and international politics. >From short insider reports to elaborate and theoretically informed academic texts, the different chapters provide critical assessments of the current historical juncture of our mediatized society and offer outlooks of the future. Authors include, amongst others, Harvard University's Yochai Benkler; Graham Murdoch of Loughborough University; net activism scholar, Gabriella Coleman; the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jillian York; and Guardian editor, Chris Elliott. The book also includes a conversation between philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and its prologue is written by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP and editor of the WikiLeaks video 'Collateral Murder'.

"This is a genuinely outstanding collection of crisply written, thoroughly argued and well-sourced essays on a landmark information policy and freedom case. Internationally known writers and dynamic younger researchers join forces to address Wikileaks' pivotal issues for the Internet era." - John D.H. Downing, Editor, Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

"Benedetta Brevini, Arne Hintz and Patrick McCurdy have assembled a truly impressive international range of authors to interrogate some key questions of our age: does Wikileaks represent a decisively new way of representing the world? If so, does this signal a new way of doing politics? In whose long-term interests, and with what consequences for democratic cultures? This is a landmark collection." - Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

"The WikiLeaks complex of information, events, networks, and people provides a focus for transformations of law-state-society relations.  This book's superb entree into many of the myriad faces of the WikiLeaks moment tells us what should be our attendant attentions, our research agendas." - Sandra Braman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

"This book traces the paradigm shift that WikiLeaks has brought for freedom of expression, the role of the media, and grassroots activism. It is a powerful intervention into the struggle for a free and open Internet and features authoritative contributions by a prestigious collection of academics, activists and public intellectuals who understand what is at stake." - Marc Raboy, McGill University, Canada


Foreword; Birgitta Jonsdottir
Introduction; B.Brevini, A.Hintz & P.McCurdy
1. WikiLeaks and the Networked 4th Estate; Yochai Benkler
2. Follow the Money: WikiLeaks and the Political Economy of Disclosure; Benedetta Brevini & Graham Murdock
3. The Leak Heard Round the World? Cablegate in the Evolving Global Mediascape; Lisa Lynch
4. WikiLeaks and the Public Interest Dilemma: A View from Inside the Media; Chris Elliot
5. 'Something Old, Something New...': WikiLeaks, Newspapers and Conjoint Approaches to Political Exposure; Hopeton S. Dunn
6. WikiLeaks and Whistleblowing: The Framing of Bradley Manning; Einar Thorsen, Chindu Sreedharan & Stuart Allan
7. From the Pentagon Papers to Cablegate: How the Network Society Has Changed Leaking; Patrick McCurdy
8. Dimensions of Modern Freedom of Expression: WikiLeaks, Policy Hacking, and Digital Freedoms; Arne Hintz
9. Weak Links and WikiLeaks: How Control of Critical Internet Resources and Social Media Companies' Business Models Undermine the Networked Free Press; Dwyane Winseck
10. WikiLeaks, Secrecy and Freedom of Information: The Case of the UK; David Banisar & Francesca Fanucci
11. WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Exercise of Individuality: Protesting in the Cloud; Stefania Milan
12. Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking; Gabriella Coleman
13. The Internet and Transparency Beyond WikiLeaks; Jillian C. York
14. WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring: The Twists and Turns of Media, Culture and Power; Ibrahim Saleh
15. Twelve Theses on WikiLeaks; Geert Lovink & Patrice Riemens
16. Amy Goodman in conversation with Julian Assange and Slavoj Žižek

Patrick McCurdy, Ph.D.
Professeur adjoint / Assistant Professor
Département de communication / Department of Communication
Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 11147,  Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5

Email: pmccurdy at<mailto:pmccurdy at>
Tel: 613.562.5800 ext. 2728
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