Don't Shoot the Messenger: Wikileaks and the Future of the Internet

Dr De Zwart, M. (2012) Don't Shoot the Messenger: Wikileaks and the Future of the Internet. Telecommunications Journal Of Australia, Swinburne University of Technology 62 (4) p. 60

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2012-31

Posted: 7 Sep 2012 Last revised: 22 Aug 2014

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Melissa de Zwart

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: September 6, 2012

Abstract

This article identifies some of the motivations behind, and the activities of, WikiLeaks. It then analyses the broader implications of the actions taken to withdraw funding support from WikiLeaks through the so-called 'Banking Blockade.' This article then considers the impact of the Banking Blockade which effectively dried up donations to WikiLeaks in 2010. It assesses what this means for the future of the Internet itself as an increasingly privatised domain, where the power of contract can overcome protections offered by the general law.

Keywords: WikiLeaks, Banking Blockade, Internet, Future of the Internet

JEL Classification: K30

Suggested Citation

de Zwart, Melissa, Don't Shoot the Messenger: Wikileaks and the Future of the Internet (September 6, 2012). Dr De Zwart, M. (2012) Don't Shoot the Messenger: Wikileaks and the Future of the Internet. Telecommunications Journal Of Australia, Swinburne University of Technology 62 (4) p. 60; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2012-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2142993

Melissa De Zwart (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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