[Humanist] 24.871 call for papers: Wikileaks

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 871.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 17:54:30 +0100
        From: Jacob Johanssen <jacob at cyborgsubjects.org>

Ever since the creation of Wikipedia, Wiki-based systems have helped
articulate a huge range of collaborative public information platforms, and
have sparked debates regarding the practical importance of social media and
the cultural political influences of large online populations.

Arguably, one particular website has since made an even stronger impact. In
2010, WikiLeaks released countless U.S. embassy diplomatic cables (creating
what some already refer to as the 'Cablegate' affair), as well as classified
reports and top secret footage extracted from the wars in Afghanistan and

These unprecedented developments ignited a lively international debate
involving politicians, journalists and members of the public, raising
questions and concerns about Wikileaks' short and long term political,
legal, ethical and logistical effects.

On the one hand, Wikileaks shocked the international diplomatic community
and brought up issues of national security and censorship. Simultaneously,
media experts started exploring what Wikileaks might mean for (the future
of) journalism and how it might change the role of the Internet in news
reporting. Wikileaks also brought to the table issues concerning the
boundaries of digital journalism and raised questions about how news
reporting is done in an age of digital communications, particularly in what
the functions of 'whistleblowers' and online leaks are concerned.

Journalists have therefore begun to reconsider their roles, professional
standards and communicational practices. Conversely, legal actors and
politicians pointed out the need for legal constrictions that would either
silence or marginalise Wikileaks, as well as other similar online platforms
in the future. This in turn raises questions regarding the freedom of
speech, and accusations that these institutional claims for privacy, data
protection and national security may compromise the free circulation of
(online/offline) information.

Cyborg Subjects (www.cyborgsubjects.org) takes great pleasure and active
interest in placing these issues at the core of its next project. We invite
all interested authors to send full-length articles (3000 words maximum),
short commentaries (500-800 words), interviews or book reviews (1000-1500
words) to submissions at cyborgsubjects.org. Artworks, Videos, Performances,
etc. related to the topic are also very welcome.

Contributions may wish to report, comment on or review theoretical and
empirical insights into topics such as the following (and beyond):

 *What is the relationship between the most recent Wikileaks and the recent
uprisings in the Arab world?
*Why has Wikileaks provoked such a huge amount of controversy and
international reaction?
* What are the main legal and ethical issues raised by Wikileaks?
*Wikileaks: freedom of speech and the right to information. Where is the
line drawn? Does this line even exist?
* Wikileaks: privacy, online data protection and national security.
* What are the implications of Wikileaks for the study and conceptualizing
of new media journalism and political communication?
* Is Wikileaks a journalistic organization?

* Can Wikileaks be considered investigative journalism?
* How does Wikileaks challenge traditional journalistic standards?
* What type of media activism is served by Wikileaks?
* What is the role of 'whistleblowers' in Wikileaks (e.g. the case of
Bradley Manning)?
*What are the policy implications of the extrajudicial tactics deployed to
censor Wikileaks?
* What does the collaboration between WikiLeaks and traditional newspapers
have to say about the future of mass media technologies?
* How is Wikileaks' editor in chief, Julian Assange, significant as a public
figure? How, and by whom is he being 'sanctified' or 'demonized'? **

* What is significant (feminist, post-feminist and/or non-feminist
discussions welcome) about Julian Assange's accusations of rape, in the
midst of the WikiLeaks international scandal?
* How can researchers (ethically) deal with data published by WikiLeaks?

* How 'unexpected' were the insights revealed by Wikileaks? Do they defy, or
merely confirm public expectations of what goes on behind political façades?
* *

We invite all those interested to send their full contribution (including a
150-200 word abstract) to submissions at cyborgsubjects.org, by June 6, 2011.
Contributors are free to use any reference style systems (e.g., APA, Harvard
etc), as long as they are consistent in how they cite their sources
throughout the article, and use endnotes, rather than footnotes, for

Cyborg Subjects offers a radical and new review system. We believe that
knowledge should be free and that the process of knowledge production should
not be obfuscated by the less transparent, "knowledge is power" peer review
system associated with traditional academic journals. Therefore, submitted
articles will be published as they come in and reviews will be posted as
comments. Authors are asked to engage in the ensuing discussion and to
comment on the review, as well as on other individuals' (potential)
reactions to the article.

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