The Internet: A Tool for Anti-Corruption.

Not so Social Media.

Julian Assange

Established in 2006 by Australian activist Julian Assange, the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks has been described as the  “quintessential example of how social media technologies can be used to fight corruption” (Bertot).

WikiLeaks claims that its work is based on the “defense of freedom of speech and media publishing, the improvement of our common historical record and the support of the rights of all people to create new history.” Source.

Deriving said principles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes the freedom of opinion, expression and to “receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of the frontiers”, WikiLeaks became internationally known in 2010.


The leaking of confidential U.S military and diplomatic documents (said to be provided by former U.S Army soldier, Bradley Manning) projected WikiLeaks into the media spotlight – particularly after the classified document “July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike” (known as “Collateral…

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