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WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency Paperback – March 15, 2011
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"An absorbing, comprehensive examination of one of the most vital issues of our time." Publishers Weekly
"It's not a dig-up-the-dirt-on-Julian-Assange volume . . . In this work, Sifry examines other fronts in the battle for openness." Mother Jones
The effects of the ongoing WikiLeaks are cumulativesort of like mercury poisoningand reveal much about how dreadful many of our policies, especially regarding the war in Afghanistan, have been. With insight and clarity, Micah Sifry explores the red-hot spot where politics and the Internet intersect. An indispensable resource for the future fight over secrecy and openness.” Arianna Huffington
No one better grasps the interplay between innovative media technology and politics than Micah Sifry.” Kevin Phillips, author, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism
A leading participant in and observer of how the Internet is changing politics and society, Micah Sifry has given us a riveting, from-the-trenches report on how the clash between power, truth, access, transparency and small-d democracy is unfolding in our newly hyper-networked world. Inspired by WikiLeaks and the urgent debates that have been ignited by that phenomenon and its founder, Sifry explores the rise of the transparency movement in the US and around the world. This is a fascinating, trenchant and personal guide for smart, engaged people who seek to understand the new realities of this age of transparency.” Katrina vanden Heuvel
Micah Sifry doesn’t just know WikiLeaks. He sees how it relates to everything from the Obama’s victory to the Tea Party’s appearance to electoral politics in Croatia, and he uses his incredible breadth of experience to show us how WikiLeaks is part of a large, long-term trend in favor of the spread and visibility of information about our world, including information people often don’t want shared.” Clay Shirky
Just one piece of a much larger story of how the people and the powerful relate to each other: That’s how Micah Sifry sees WikiLeaks. By studying so carefully how technology is changing politics, he’s been preparing for years to write this book. We should be grateful that he actually did.” Jay Rosen, Professor of journalism, New York University; author of PressThink.org
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Mr. Sifry does a superb job of contextualizing WikiLeaks' moment in history. Mr. Sifry describes as only he can how the Internet has provided a platform for the distribution of information, with results that can be quite discomfiting to those in power. He believes the controversy surrounding WikiLeaks has to do with its spectacular exposure of the contradictions of U.S. government policy: in which the rights of people elsewhere to challenge sovereign power is expressed on the one hand; while on the other hand, little to no tolerance is permitted when its own privileges might seem to have come under scrutiny.
Sharing his own personal experiences, Mr. Sifry discusses many lesser-known web sites that are subtly but inexorably changing politics as we know it. As Mr. Sifry demonstrates, the overall trend has been towards the wider sharing and use of information.Read more ›
Sifry is a successful and interesting person who set up the Personal Democracy Forum and works with Techsoup in similar domains. The book refers to his endeavors repeatedly. It's a serious problem with the book that it is annoyingly self-promoting.
What's good about the book is that it places Wikileaks in context which is so important and is often so lacking in discussions about Wikileaks. Sifry points out that Crypthome was doing what Wikileaks does long before it did but hasn't had nearly the impact that Wikileaks has had. In addition to this Wikileaks is just one of a myriad of sites and movements that the internet has made possible. Sifry discusses the Move On movement, the Tea Party and the uprisings in the Middle East and points out that they have a lot in common.
Sifry writes about how the internet means that far more government, corporate and non-profit information is now available easily to people. He also writes about how various government have repeatedly made noise about how they would put more information online and then have usually backed off.
Sifry also makes good points about Wikileaks and points out that what it is doing is providing information that causes foreign regimes problems with openness, such as with Wikileaks role in Kenya and other places, but that it is also doing it to Western democracies.
The book contains a lot of good ideas but is flawed.Read more ›
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I picked this up thinking it would be about Julian Assange. Instead it is a an account of how the internet and social networking combines to uncover information governments and... Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by "Belgo Geordie"
"Wikileaks and the Age of Transparency" is an introduction to the transparency or information activist movement by Micah Sifry, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) and... Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by mirasreviews