More on WikiLeaks

In my Internet law course we talk about some of the Internet cultures that formed in the 1990’s–techno-Utopians, anarchists, parliamentarian legalists, and royalists, to borrow Julian Dibble’s categories. Many students wonder why.  These categories from a lost world have little relevance to the environment in which they Facebook and SMS; it’s like discussing Whigs and Tories.  I tell them these cultures still exist and can shape current debates about Internet governance, but I’m sure this sounds academic.  But what I love about teaching Internet law is how events coincide with class discussions.  Anyone who doubts the relevance of  the forces these categories represent has not heard of WikiLeaks.

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