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Tuesday, March 15 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wikileaks: The Website That Changed the World?

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Wikileaks began as an audacious idea, a statement about the potential of the internet to speak truth to power and to open governments. Barely four years later, the whistleblower's website finds itself at the centre of an unprecedented global storm over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of confidential cables from US embassies around the world. To many WikiLeaks's founder Julian Assange is a hero who has shone the bright glare of public scrutiny into places governments would rather keep hidden; to others he is a vandal, taking a sledgehammer to the secrecy all states need to maintain to function. Is Wikileaks just one expression valve for the web, one that would be replaced by others if it was closed? Has it changed the public's understanding of and relationship to government in any real and lasting way, or is it a media preoccupation?

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Issandr El Amrani

Journalist / BloggerThe ArabistIssandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer on the Middle East. He is the founder of www.arabist.net, a blog on Arab politics and culture.
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Sarah Ellison

Contributing EditorVanity FairSarah Ellison is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of War at the Wall Street Journal, a nonfiction account of Rupert Murdoch's takeover of one of the world's most powerful newspapers. Sarah spent ten years at the Wall Street Journal... Read More →
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Stephen Engelberg

Managing EditorProPublicaStephen Engelberg has been managing editor of ProPublica since its creation in 2008. Before joining the non-profit investigative organization, he was a managing editor at The Oregonian for six years. Before that, he worked as an editor and reporter at The... Read More →
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Ian Katz

Deputy EditorThe Guardian
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Carne Ross

Exec DirIndependent DiplomatCarne Ross is the founder of Independent Diplomat (ID), a non-profit diplomatic advisory group. ID provides expert advice in diplomatic strategy to governments, political groups and NGOs. Independent Diplomat works inside the diplomatic system to ensure... Read More →

Alan Rusbridger

Editor-in-ChiefGuardian News & Media Ltd

Tuesday March 15, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Radisson, Town Lake Ballroom

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