WikiLeaks, Anarchism and Technologies of Dissent

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Curran, Giorel
Gibson, Morgan
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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.

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45

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© 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: WikiLeaks, Anarchism and Technologies of Dissent, Antipode, Vol. 45(2), 2013, pp. 294-314, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.01009.x.

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