Until this lecture, I had never heard of WikiLeaks or anything to do with it. So, for this blog I decided to dig in deeper to get a real understanding on what WikiLeaks do and the benefits from it.
From what I researched it’s an organisation that depends on other sources for information that are leaked and anonymous and provides them to journalists and newspaper organisations to bring essential news and information to the public. It’s quite efficient in providing breaking news stories in major media outlets while keeping its sources completely anonymous and powerful and influential in the fact that every court case against them have been unsuccessful.
When you think of hacking, negative actions immediately cross your mind. But really, ‘to be a hacker of any kind is to always seek change whether it be perceived as either positive, negative or both’ (Huffington Post, 2014). WikiLeaks is an example of hacking in a way that benefits the wider world and providing citizens with essential information. It makes one think about the advantages of hacking. However, we’ve become a revolution where nothing can be hidden anymore, so what does that mean for the future? Where is the line drawn between positive or negative hacking consequences? And what should be kept hidden or told to the world?
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Zuckerman. M, 2014, Culture Hacking 101 in Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maya-zuckerman/culture-hacking-101_b_5753660.html?ir=Australia visited 19/10