Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met Wikileaks


The blog post “Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met WikiLeaks” by Karine Nahon does a very good job of showing how WikiLeaks is viewed now, in 2014. In a short summary of how WikiLeaks is now used, it is as an example. The article itself is about the future of the internet. The discussion of the blog post is about how the internet should be managed in the future. It focuses on two specific possibilities, one is that the internet is corporate controlled and the other is government controlled. WikiLeaks is talked about in the argument about a government controlled internet. This is because WikiLeaks exposed so many government secrets that the government is now considered less trustworthy than before. When one thinks of the government most people used to think of a group that had their best interests in mind, but now with the WikiLeaks out and many government secrets being revealed people have started to question whether or not they can trust the government. The post also uses Google and WikiLeaks as models for the future of the internet and how each model has its own pros and cons. This article is import to the relevance of WikiLeaks because it has beena few years since the original uproar of the release of WikiLeaks. Most of the articles were very reactionary and polarized. The main two argument around the release of WikiLeaks was if the site’s creation was an act of trader or a patriot, but with the passage of time WikiLeaks has been accepted as its own entity. When just doing a simple Google search of WikiLeaks it is easy to see that very few articles focus on the website itself. There is a mix of gossip about Julian Assange and articles like “Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met WikiLeaks” which use WikiLeaks as an example. WikiLeaks has lost its focus in the national spotlight, with time. There are no more predictions about the effects WikiLeaks has changed how people think about the internet, but now that it has been out for awhile the actual website itself is much less in the discussion about the future of the internet


4 thoughts on “Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met Wikileaks”

  1. It would have been great to see your stance on the subject. I think it is possible for the internet to stay a free and neutral space, and wikileaks is a prime example of how an organization independent of government or corporation is possible to exist. The problem is, in my opinion, that the amount of effort that goes into keeping the site independent and still running is extraordinary; it can’t exist without the devotion of several contributors.

  2. I like your blog post and your argument about who will have control over the Internet in the future, but I think you should talk more about the main point and meat of the article. Also, you should reference the article more in the blog post as I think that will add more strength to your argument. The main point of the article is the question of whether or not the Internet can stay neutral and how Wikileaks is a test of this. I am not sure if the Internet will be dominated by the Government or Corporations, I do not think that the Internet can be neutral.

  3. I am not totally sure what you are saying when you say that “Wikileaks is talked about in the argument about a government controlled internet.” If you are saying that Wikileaks is considered more government sided than I would disagree. Wikileaks may not be as democratic, liberal, secular valued as Google may be but that doesn’t mean they are government sided. I feel the article was trying to say that Wikileaks chose what information to disclose which made them seem to have a lesser freedom of publication. I don’t agree with the article on that either. I believe that not everything can be noted and written down and the same goes for Wikileaks. I believe they chose what was most important in that time to disclose to the public of what was happening. This led to the public acclimating towards Wikileaks because of the backhanded information and accepting them just like you said.

  4. Referring to the blog post itself, I think the mediator ,which disseminates and stores the information for us such as Google, determines how the internet will look likes in the future. On the other hand, Wikileaks is more like an extreme representing the “independence of the cyberspace”. In my opinion, I think the end of the blog post will be more well-rounded if you would talk more about how Wikileaks causes people to rethink about to what extent should Government intervene with internet and how the internet we envision should be.

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