Secrets and Lies: How WikiLeaks Has Changed The World
The emergence of WikiLeaks has had a profound (if polarising) effect on our relationship to information. Whether it’s politicians or the media, the question of secrecy and disclosure has been revived. What do we have the right to know, and why? When should secrets remain so?
Chaired by Lyndal Curtis, our panel - Julian Burnside, Paul Ramadge and Suelette Dreyfus - discuss the lasting implications of WikiLeaks and examine its motives and model.
Julian Burnside is a Melbourne barrister. He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He specialises in commercial litigation, and has acted in many very contentious cases - the MUA Waterfront dispute; the Cash-for-Comment enquiry; cases for Alan Bond and Rose Porteous - but has become known for his human rights work and has acted pro bono in many refugee cases.
He is an outspoken opponent of the mistreatment of people who come to Australia seeking protection from persecution. His latest book is Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice (Scribe).
Lyndal Curtis is Chief Political Correspondent for ABC radio’s AM, The World Today and PM.
Suelette Dreyfus is a Research Fellow in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. She is the Principal Researcher on the World Online Whistleblowing Survey, and part of an international team looking at the impact of technology on whistleblowing about wrongdoing.
Paul Ramadge was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Age and The Sunday Age in September 2008.