Wikileaks, Arab Uprisings, English Riots and Occupy Wall Street: Implications for Internet Policy and Practice from a Business and Industry Outcome Perspective
June R. Klein
Technology & Marketing Ventures, Inc.; New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business
September 18, 2011
Information, Communication & Society Journal, No. 14.6, 2012
Wikileaks' traditionally debated tension: privacy versus security. It seems to me the debate should focus not on that tension at a very high level, but on individual accountability and responsibility versus the interests of the larger public. Do we really want a situation of 'no secrets' as some in hacker/social media networks argue?
Another Wikileaks distinction: 'leak' an egregious breach of an employment contract, versus 'website' not implemented correctly with proper attention to sensitive info access control. Most corporations are under daily cyber attack and worried about “trusted insiders” misusing proprietary data. Pentagon treats cyberspace as 'fifth domain.'
Businesswise, there’s an opportunity if you identify to me Commercial/Government technology likely to be high-end acquisition target for IBM/Lockheed Martin.
Another business outcome is private companies applying censorship: Visa/MC/Paypal rejected Wikileaks donations. Yet, 5th estate communications solutions provided cash for Wikileaks. Opportunities: 5th estate sales channels; property insurance; internet alert services; cybersecurity businesses, hotspot locations servicing police/govt; democratized philanthropy via mobile apps benefitting those hurt from info/riots; real estate enterprises purchasing land over 'actual kill switches' controlling underlying transport shutdowns.
Wikileaks cables exposed extreme wealth of 'haves' and incensed unemployed which underlies Arab uprisings and England riots. I believe that 5th estate movements with new processes that will actually get solutions to government decision-makers and hold them accountable for implementation are promising.
My firm’s solution to creating jobs was just featured in webgovernments.com and is in process to getting the proposal which needs a tax tweak to House Ways & Means Committee.
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Keywords: wikileaks, arab spring, england riots, occupy wall street, business, jobs, economy, unemployment, internet, policy, implications, fifth estate, movements, technology, marketing, ventures, june klein, electronic boardroom, ceo, consultant, management consultants, finance, social media, strategy
JEL Classification: E24, E61, F02, F20, G28, G32, J68, K22, K34, M13, O33, O32, O50
Date posted: October 6, 2011 ; Last revised: March 11, 2014