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 on governmental, spy and corruption documentation. This is a community of people who share secrets with this nonprofitable entity, in order to provide transparency between governmental or diplomatic relation between nations (Wikileaks.org, 2015).
The Motivations for 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 hold illegal acts or self-benefit motivations, the transparency that Wikileaks can bring to the table especially of diplomatic relations and be deep such to help countries to have benefits and to beat down corrupt governors.
2) The free market in the business: Companies may have thousands of secrets in deals and agreements which may reduce the competitiveness 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 reputation to others, which believe the response of such actions should live in jail. If the discussion is about pure ethics, the Wikileaks foundation does a very decent and important job in the world especially for people which believes in libertarianism.
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].