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Feb 28, 2020


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“Little did I know that I was getting involved with WikiLeaks at the time of the biggest leaks in human history.” — Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Within a relatively short period of time, WikiLeaks became the best-known whistle-blowing organization in the world. Due in large part to the release of massive quantities of classified data on the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, the notoriety of its founder, Julian Assange, and the trial and imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, WikiLeaks has been the subject of widespread attention and debate.

In this collection, influential and innovative scholars from a wide variety of research backgrounds speculate about why and how WikiLeaks does (or does not) matter. These of essays demonstrate that WikiLeaks and their activities are relevant to more areas of academic study than have been addressed to date. Also, in a rare interview, editor Christian Christensen asks Birgitta Jonsdittir about her astonishing activity with WikiLeaks and the important role she played in the making of the Collateral Murder video.

The authors are rigorous in their arguments, but also offer opinions and even speculation about WikiLeaks in relation to a range of areas of study. Readers of the essays in WikiLeaks. From Popular Culture to Political Economy will appreciate that the contributors have managed to be concrete and precise in their thinking, but also provocative and sharp in their argumentation.

By Christian Christensen, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, William Uricchio, Toby Miller, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Sandra Braman, Mark Andrejevic, Leah A. Lievrouw, Axel Bruns, Nathan Jurgenson, PJ Rey, Pelle Snickars, Lisa Lynch, Angela Daly, Athina Karatzogianni, Andrew Robinson & Christian Fuchs

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