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Whatever else motivates Julian Assange’s Wikileaks to use online media to break a court suppression order, it isn’t a respect for justice. Whatever else motivates Julian Assange’s Wikileaks to use online media to break a court suppression order, it isn’t a respect for justice. AAP/Joe Castro

Not mad, bad or unusual: WikiLeaks and suppression orders

Contrary to twittering by the digerati, the Victorian Supreme Court suppression order revealed by WikiLeaks this week isn’t unprecedented. It isn’t futile, dangerous or an egregious restriction on a supposedly…
The ethical questions raised by publishing material from WikiLeaks are not new, but can come with heightened stakes in the digital age. The ethical questions raised by publishing material from WikiLeaks are not new, but can come with heightened stakes in the digital age. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

WikiLeaks, journalism ethics and the digital age: what did we learn?

The journey of whistleblower website WikiLeaks was traced by, among others, Professor Gerard Goggin, chair of the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. In an analytical narrative…
Revelations of secret Trade in Services Agreement talks have brought them from the shadows. Revelations of secret Trade in Services Agreement talks have brought them from the shadows. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Wikileaks brings much-needed scrutiny to secret trade talks

Wikileaks has shone the light yet again on behind-the-scenes manoeuvres by a core of governments seeking to advance a free market agenda in the guise of “trade”. The leaked text on financial services is…
Further global deregulation of banking might present future opportunities. Further global deregulation of banking might present future opportunities. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Why we needn’t fear the end of the Four Pillars policy

Revelations by whistleblower organisation Wikileaks of secret global negotiations to further deregulate global financial services, has led to speculation that such pact could signal the end of Australia’s…
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger shows the UK’s legal system for what it really is. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger shows the UK’s legal system for what it really is. internaz

Alan Rusbridger evokes First Amendment to backward UK

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger’s appearance at the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee this week has proved revelatory in more than one sense of the word. We have heard about the events surrounding…
The big questions in the Snowden saga hinge on who knows what about encryption. The big questions in the Snowden saga hinge on who knows what about encryption. Bob Lord

It’s all about cryptography as Rusbridger faces parliament

Despite all the political blustering that has surrounded Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger’s meeting with the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee this week, the real story in the Snowden affair is cryptography…
Boarded up: how companies are trumping our health. Boarded up: how companies are trumping our health. Eschipul

Beware, secret trade deals can seriously damage your health

If I asked you to name some of the current threats to your health, “international trade law” probably wouldn’t be on the tip of your tongue. Yet trade agreements, and the way we negotiate them, can affect…
Controversial preference deals and high-level resignations may seriously damage the election chances of Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks Party. Controversial preference deals and high-level resignations may seriously damage the election chances of Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks Party. AAP/Joe Castro

Is the party over for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks?

With just over two weeks to go in the campaign, Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks Party has experienced some unsettling events that suggest it may be unravelling. Assange’s Victorian Senate running mate Leslie…
The natural conclusion from the conviction of Bradley Manning is that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now firmly in the sights of US prosecutors. The natural conclusion from the conviction of Bradley Manning is that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is now firmly in the sights of US prosecutors. AAP/UPI Media

With Bradley Manning convicted, what now for Julian Assange?

Bradley Manning’s conviction for espionage marks the closing stages in the US Army private’s personal battle. Yet for Julian Assange, founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks and Australian Senate candidate…
The multiplying faces of Julian Assange. The multiplying faces of Julian Assange. flickr: Xavi Valero

The real world of WikiLeaks is even stranger than the movie

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have tried to disrupt the official American version of reality, so perhaps there’s a kind of poetic justice in a Hollywood studio telling the story of WikiLeaks itself. The…
Public interest: many Americans feel that Edward Snowden acted on their behalf. Public interest: many Americans feel that Edward Snowden acted on their behalf. Michael Fleshman via Creative Commons

Patriot games: the odds are stacked against whistleblower Snowden

The debate about whether Edward Snowden is a public interest whistleblower - the “Paul Revere” of the digital age, as his father and lawyer have dubbed him, or a “traitor”, as former vice-president Dick…
The trial of US Army private Bradley Manning - alleged to have leaked classified information to whistleblower website WikiLeaks - is underway. The trial of US Army private Bradley Manning - alleged to have leaked classified information to whistleblower website WikiLeaks - is underway. EPA/Michael Reynolds

WikiLeaks and aiding the enemy: the court martial of Bradley Manning

Even before his trial commenced, United States Army private Bradley Manning must have known that he would be spending a significant time in prison. Think decades rather than years. Manning pleaded guilty…
What are the ethics of media outlets reporting on the ICIJ’s leaks of tax haven dealings by individuals worldwide? What are the ethics of media outlets reporting on the ICIJ’s leaks of tax haven dealings by individuals worldwide? EPA/Andy Rain

Trial by list: the ICIJ and questions about secrets, shame and leaks

There’s nothing like the sight of dirty linen on the line to make people indulge in a bout of lipsmacking self-righteousness and praise the noble-hearted crusading journalists. This week has seen much…
Has Julian Assange’s whistleblower website WikiLeaks set a ‘new normal’ for investigative journalism in the mainstream press? Has Julian Assange’s whistleblower website WikiLeaks set a ‘new normal’ for investigative journalism in the mainstream press? EPA/STR

Wikiworld: the future of investigative journalism

If you are a crooked corporate mogul, property tycoon or prominent politician, chances are you are sweating a little bit this week. Sure, your millions of secret tax-evading dollars are - for the moment…
Julian Assange needs to consider his Australian senate run as more than just a ticket out of the Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange needs to consider his Australian senate run as more than just a ticket out of the Ecuadorian embassy. EPA/Kerim Okten

Senate run must be more than a get-out-of-jail card for Assange

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks Party is gathering momentum ahead of this year’s federal election. Prominent barrister and political figure Greg Barns has been announced as the party’s national campaign director…
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he will run for the Australian Senate. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he will run for the Australian Senate. John Keane

Lunch and dinner with Julian Assange, in prison

Everybody warned this would be no ordinary invitation, and they were right. Three hundred metres from Knightsbridge underground station, just a stone’s throw from fashion-conscious Harrods, I suddenly…
Julian Assange addresses the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Julian Assange addresses the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Strange bedfellows: Julian Assange and Ecuador

Julian Assange’s appearance on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London to hold forth on his current situation, and President Obama, added a bizarre new chapter to the long-running Wikileaks saga…
Is Julian Assange getting all he’s owed from the Australian government? Is Julian Assange getting all he’s owed from the Australian government? EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

How far should Australia go for Julian Assange?

The drama surrounding Julian Assange continues to grow following Ecuador’s decision to grant him asylum. He faces the threat of being seized in a raid by British authorities on the Ecuadorian Embassy in…
Can the British police storm the Ecuadorian embassy? Can the British police storm the Ecuadorian embassy? EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Inviolability, Ecuador and the Julian Assange case

Julian Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador, two months after he sought refuge at its London embassy. But this doesn’t mean he can escape arrest in the UK for violating his bail conditions. Assange…
Julian Assange’s appeal to the Ecuadorian authorities in Britain protects him from any potential extradiction … for now. Julian Assange’s appeal to the Ecuadorian authorities in Britain protects him from any potential extradiction … for now. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Julian Assange’s surprising bid to escape to Ecuador

You’ve got to hand it to Julian Assange. He knows how to capture the imagination. In a surprise escape bid, he is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, seeking political asylum. He now…
Strike action by Fairfax journalists show they are prepared to fight for quality journalism. Strike action by Fairfax journalists show they are prepared to fight for quality journalism. AAP

Job cuts, strikes, ‘structural change’: the uncertain future facing quality newspapers

Journalists don’t like to strike. Their job is about working under pressure to deadlines. In their eyes, missing a deadline is sin. But last night journalists across several of Fairfax Media’s newspapers…
Have the corporate exposés by Anonymous already backfired? Have the corporate exposés by Anonymous already backfired? mr.smashy

Anonymous, WikiLeaks and email dumps – the ultimate weapon?

Of all the tactics used by hacker collective Anonymous in any of its “operations”, the release of their victims' emails has been one that potentially could cause the most damage. Previous releases have…
Julian Assange isn’t saving the world, so why do we think he’s a hero? Julian Assange isn’t saving the world, so why do we think he’s a hero? the euskadi 11/Flickr

WikiLeaks or Sea Shepherd: who are the outlaw heroes in the age of modern activism?

The case of the three environmental activists who boarded the Japanese whaling vessel, the Shonan Maru 2 last week has divided opinions over the nature of their offence and what treatment they should receive…
Suspect Bradley Manning is accused of “aiding the enemy” and faces court martial by a US military court. Suspect Bradley Manning is accused of “aiding the enemy” and faces court martial by a US military court. EPA/BradleyManning.org/

Defending Private Manning: Wikileaks suspect has his day in court

The controversy over Wikileaks will today, at least temporarily, shift its focus from the website’s founder Julian Assange to suspected informant Private First Class Bradley Manning. Today Manning will…
A successful attack on PayPal could cause havoc. A successful attack on PayPal could cause havoc. [!!!] Sweet Peas Photography [!!!]

Are Anonymous and LulzSec about to hack PayPal for WikiLeaks?

In a joint statement published earlier this week, hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec urged readers to boycott e-commerce giant PayPal, claiming: “PayPal continues to withhold funds from WikiLeaks, a…

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