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Subject: Tm Wilson om Wikileaks
From: Miguel Benito <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 9 Dec 2010 21:43:32 +0100

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Vidaresänder ett meddelande som distribuerats idag i den spanska  
motsvarigheten  till BIBLIST genom Francisco Javier Martínez Méndez  
från Universidad de Murcia, där han återger Tom Wilsons kommentar den  
30 september i samband med att han blev utsedd till hedersdoktor:


Increasingly, however, communities and societies are demanding that  
secrecy be limited to what is genuinely related to national security,  
rather than what is related to, for example, the relationships between  
business and government, between governments and dictators, and within  
and between corporations seeking to hide, for example, the conditions  
under which their products are made.

In recent months, the Website Wikileaks has been much in the news  
because of its release of 75,000 files relating to the war in  
Afghanistan. The founder of the site, Julian Assange, has been damned  
by the neo-conservatives in the USA as having 'blood on his hands',  
while others praise him for revealing to the public what the public  
ought to know about what is being done in its name.

The very existence of Wikileaks and its success in uncovering  
information, while protecting its sources, demonstrates the  
plausibility of the slogan, /Information wants to be free/, which is  
attributed to the hacker Stephen Brand. The state's desire to keep  
information secret might be described as Orwellian and it is ironic  
that Brand used the phrase at a conference in /1984. / But we can also  
see that there are those who do not want information to be free, in  
this sense; witness the sexual harassment slur on the founder of  
Wikileaks which happened just last month.

Limits to the free communication of ideas also result from the  
tendency towards monopoly structures in the communication media. One  
only has to think of Berlusconi's control of a significant proportion  
of the media in Italy, or the not so obvious connection in France  
between Sarkozy and those friends of his who control the media. In the  
UK, the dominance of Rupert Murdoch's Sky TV, as well as his ownership  
of newspapers, threatens the free flow of opposing ideas.

If the only information the citizen has is that provided either by the  
political class or by business interests, _/*how is democracy  

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