Andi, Windah (2016) Reflecting the Role of Individual in Globalized World: A Study Case on Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Proceeding of International Conference 1st SHIELD 2016. pp. 364-376. ISSN 978-602-0860-114


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One of controversial new media entities is Wikileaks. Posting a huge number of confidential documents regarding newsworthy public figures and governments, Wikileaks is claimed to generate major impacts to related countries such as Africa, the U.S, Western Europe and Indonesia. The continuing controversy around Wikileaks also reflects the role of its founder in the networked public sphere, Julian Assange. This article is aimed to comprehend the role of individual in globalized world, especially by studying the case of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. The article is divided in three parts. Firstly, it explains background as well as global controversy surrounding Wikileaks and its spokesman, Julian Assange. Secondly, it identifies the areas that Assange have directly impacted, especially in terms of participation, journalism practice and privacy. Finally, it reflects on Assange’s role in the globalized media economy, particularly drawing on his background as an Australian. It is found that the website mainly focused on whistle blowing actions, using insider’s evidences such as documents, cables and videos. It is also found that the website’s anonymous method contribute to increase citizen’s participation. At the same time, Assange through Wikileaks has brought a new form of journalism, medium for everyone‘s voice where the non-professionals with valuable information are endorsed with opportunity in informing the public like proficient journalists. Wikileaks has changed the way journalist approach their information source especially investigative journalism, due to its tightly embodied hactivism culture. Months or even years spent for conventional investigative journalists to verify the information can be substituted just by a simple click on the net. Wikileaks has also impacted the idea of government transparency. Because of Wikileaks’ whistle-blowing’s actions, now many governments are being stricter in disseminating their valuable information. Assange’s roles in the media economy are also shaped by Australia’s standpoint in globalized world

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (FISIP) > Prodi Komunikasi
Depositing User: Andi Windah, S.I.Kom, MComn&MediaSt
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 02:31
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 02:31

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