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Publication date: 20 September 2014

Jennifer Earl and Jessica L. Beyer

We analyze reactions to the U.S. government-led repression of WikiLeaks in late 2010 by actors such as Anonymous and the Pirate Parties to argue that the potential for…

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We analyze reactions to the U.S. government-led repression of WikiLeaks in late 2010 by actors such as Anonymous and the Pirate Parties to argue that the potential for backlash, which has been so prominent offline, is also a potential repercussion of repression online. In doing so, we use existing research to identify different ways in which bystanders might be pulled into conflicts, and examine our case for evidence of any of these forms of backlash. We also hypothesize that the net observed effect of repression is really the result of competing and/or amplifying backlash and deterrence effects; when this net effect is in favor of backlash, we call it a “net backlash effect” to indicate that there was more backlash than deterrence. We argue that net backlash occurs when repression recruits more bystanders into a conflict than it is able to deter in terms of already active participants. We also argue that backlash is a very likely outcome when Internet activism is repressed.

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Intersectionality and Social Change
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-105-3

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Publication date: 4 August 2021

Luke Heemsbergen

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Radical Transparency and Digital Democracy
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-763-0

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Radical Transparency and Digital Democracy
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Radical Transparency and Digital Democracy
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Publication date: 23 November 2012

Noa Aharony

The study aims to explore WikiLeaks' worldwide impact amongst readers of three online newspapers, as expressed through reader comments. There are three primary research…

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Purpose

The study aims to explore WikiLeaks' worldwide impact amongst readers of three online newspapers, as expressed through reader comments. There are three primary research questions: are there differences between the three online newspapers concerning the factual information in the comments, the linguistic characteristics of the comments, and the rhetorical and style elements of the comments?

Design/methodology/approach

The study focused on three online newspapers: The New York Times in the USA, The Guardian in the UK and Ynet in Israel, all popular channels of communication in their countries. The researcher examined the comments relating to WikiLeaks and conducted a content analysis on a sample of the comments.

Findings

The main findings suggest that most of the comments were written in an emotional style and with pathos. However there are major differences between comments written to The New York Times and to Ynet.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited by the extent to which it can be generalised, as it focuses only on WikiLeaks comments written before 1 December 2010.

Originality/value

This paper is the first known exhaustive study that concentrates on WikiLeaks comments. The research findings may encourage further exploration into the nature of the relationship between media texts and reactions to them.

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Online Information Review, vol. 36 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1468-4527

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Article
Publication date: 9 August 2011

Alex M. Andrew

The purpose of this paper is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.

Design/methodology/approach

The need to reduce carbon emissions on account of the atmospheric greenhouse effect has recently been queried, but observations of effects on the oceans confirm its continuing importance. A means of viewing new buildings in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the site of origin of much of cybernetics, is indicated, as is also a remarkable development of an advanced prosthetic device. Sources of information about the recent WikiLeaks or “Cablegate” events are reviewed.

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Effects of acidification on ocean biota are serious. New buildings on the MIT campus are not following the example of the bizarre Stata Center. The robotic exoskeleton is a valuable development made under unusual conditions. No attempt is made to judge ethics or long‐term effects of WikiLeaks activity but it is shown to be wide ranging and to be defended eloquently by its main operative.

Practical implications

The need to reduce carbon emissions is confirmed by studies of the oceans, probably among other factors. The exoskeleton development is a valuable addition to prosthetic technology as well as an example of what can be done with limited resources.

Originality/value

It is hoped this is a valuable periodic review.

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Kybernetes, vol. 40 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Expert briefing
Publication date: 14 March 2017

Microsoft said WikiLeaks had been in contact with them about vulnerabilities disclosed when WikiLeaks published files on March 7, the first in a series called ‘Vault 7’…

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Publication date: 12 August 2015

EU/US: Wikileaks raises stakes on TTIP secrecy

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DOI: 10.1108/OXAN-ES201643

ISSN: 2633-304X

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Publication date: 4 August 2021

Luke Heemsbergen

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Radical Transparency and Digital Democracy
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-763-0

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Radical Transparency and Digital Democracy
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