Policing Ourselves as We Police Wikileaks

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Monroe E. Price

Director, Center for Global Communication Studies

Annenberg School for Communication

University of Pennsylvania

Author of “Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China and Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability”


Writing for The Huffington Post this week, Professor Price says, "There has been a whack-a-mole strategy of trying to extinguish WikiLeaks and disable its founder."   

One significant outcome will be changes in the U.S. public diplomacy approach to Internet openness globally.  Professor Price says controversial censorship ideas will get new life because of the issues related to WikiLeaks, pointing to legislation introduced in Congress this summer that would allow the president to declare a “cyberemergency” and thus seize control of or close down segments of the Internet.

          According to Professor Price, State Department policy --- nobly enunciated at a Newseum speech by Secretary Hillary Clinton last January -- heralded a hoped-for era of a freedom to connect and a single global Internet.  These events will put immense pressure on that vision.