Video of Wikileaks panel

I enjoyed the Churchill Club panel discussion on wikileaks on Wednesday. It’s thoughtful and well worth watching the video.

I particularly appreciated Daniel Ellsberg’s picture of the climate of government secrecy and Roy’s call to follow the example of librarians resisting secret gag orders. (There was a bit were it threatens to sink deep into the nature of libertarianism, but fortunately that didn’t last long.) While my thoughts on wikileaks are complicated (and I’ve not had the energy to write about them) I think the incident raises some very serious issues around the contending forces of privacy and openness. This panel provides a useful briefing on some of these perspectives.

Martin Fowler: 22 Jan 2011