The objective of this discussion is to introduce Wikileaks, describe the motivation of such activism, discuss the social impacts in the globalized world and at the end give a conclusion with my personal insight about the subject.
The Wikileaks foundation was created by Julian Assange in 2006. In an analogy it is very similar to Wikipedia while thousands of contributors worldwide provide his knowledge in order to produce a social tool to provide informative articles or documents. The key difference here, is that different from Wikipedia, The Wikileaks is focused in governmental, spy and corruption documentation. This is a community of people who share secrets to this non profitable entity, in order to provide transparency between governmental or diplomatic relation between nations. (Wikileaks.org, 2015)
The Motivations of such Activism
The motivations of bringing secrets up to the table can be many, in the enumeration below I list some of the most relevant motivations an organization like Wikileaks to have its importance:
1) Transparency: Usually transparency strikes out corruption. Based on the principle that secrets holds illegal acts or self-benefit motivations, the transparency that Wikileaks can bring to the table specially of diplomatic relations and be deep such to help countries to have benefits and to beat down corrupt governors.
2) Free market in the business: Companies may have thousands of secrets in deals and agreements which may reduce the competitive of many other businesses. Ethics and honesty is a key concern here. The Wikileaks foundation may serve as a tool to bring to the table ethical concerns about business deals in some countries or even around the globe. (Forbes, 2010).
The ethical aspects of such leaks
Leaks can lead to prisons, scandals and even may cause a war. The ethical aspects of such activism can be glorious to some people but very bad reputable to others, which believe the responsible of such actions should live in jail. If the discuss about pure ethics, the Wikileaks foundation does a very decent and important job in the world specially for people which believe in libertarism.
I conclude this discussion as Julian Assange being a visionary, which created a tool to help people which libertarian mindset, but a headache for many governors and businessman involved in corruption, cartels and power obsession.
Julian Assange, 2015. Wikileaks Foundation. [Online] Available at: <https://wikileaks.org/What-is-Wikileaks.html> [Accessed 19 August 2017].
Forbes, 2010. An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. [Online] Available at: <https://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/an-interview-with-wikileaks-julian-assange/5/#32a45a861bc5> [Accessed 19 August 2017].