Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why WikiLeaks matters... or doesn't: live streamed panel from Silicon Valley

It's a bit off the magazine patch, but not really: The Real News Network is live streaming a discussion WikiLeaks: Why it matters. Why it doesn't on Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST). It's being hosted by the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, California (in the heart of Silicon Valley. 
There's a great lineup of panelists, moderated by Paul Jay, the CEO and senior editor of The Real News Network including
  • Daniel Ellsberg, former State and Defense Dept. official prosecuted for releasing the Pentagon Papers
  • Clay Shirky, independent internet professional; adjunct professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University
  • Neville Roy Singham, founder and chairman, ThoughtWorks
  • Peter Thiel, president, Clarium Capital; managing partner, Founder's Fund
  • Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and professor of computer science, Harvard University; co-founder, Berkman Center for Internet & Society 
"The purpose of this discussion [says a release from TRNN] is to take an objective look at the WikiLeaks controversy and its potential threats to the future of the free Internet. This issue reaches beyond the actions of one person or one website, so it is important to look past our various opinions of WIkiLeaks and Julian Assange which seem to be common pitfalls for thoughtful discourse. Precedents that will determine the very future of the Internet are being set as the world grapples with new social and information models. This is a serious issue worthy of serious discussion and debate."

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