Between personal and public interests: a look back at the impact of Snowden and WikiLeaks (guest blog)

This article by Polis Summer School student Luciana Amaral. Phone tracking systems, computer hacking, surveillance state and social network spying. It looks like the plot of a science fiction movie, but according to Eric King, Privacy International’s Head of Research, at the LSE Polis Summer School, this has somehow become the reality in many countries around the world. The lack […]


Alec J Ross – My Media World Today And What I Would Like To Change About It

Alec J Ross was Hillary Clinton’s digital advisor when she was US Secretary of State. He advised on the 21st Century Statecraft programme that saw the US diplomatic service take to social media and millions of dollars go to media democracy activists around the world. He was also in the State Department when WikiLeaks made its major revelations about US […]


Who Has The Power In The Information Age?

Edward Snowden. Chelsea Manning. Espionage and government secrets. Wikileaks and Julian Assange. In the wake of the NSA scandal, everybody is worried about surveillance – are we living in a world where Big Brother is tracking our data, our movements, watching our every move on the internet?  Or has newer, constantly developing technology really led to a power shift towards […]


How Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Lost (Control Of) The Plot

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have tried to disrupt the official American version of reality so perhaps it’s a kind of poetic justice for a Hollywood studio to tell the story of WikiLeaks itself. The whistleblowers’ website told the public things that those in power would have preferred to keep under wraps.  But now they find they have become the story, literally. […]


Society, ownership and networked journalism: Polis at the PICNIC in Amsterdam

These are the notes from my talk to the PICNIC festival in Amsterdam. You can watch video of my talk and the subsequent debate with Storyful’s David Clinch on the European Journalism Centre’s website. The slides are on Slideshare. David Clinch from Storyful is going to talk to you about clever ways of storytelling. Storyful is yet another good example of what […]

September 17th, 2012|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

Why Doesn’t Julian Assange Leave WikiLeaks?

If the Swedish legal pursuit of Julian Assange is, as he seems to suggest, part of an assault on WikiLeaks, why doesn’t he simply separate himself from the organisation for a while? WikiLeaks has millions of supporters around the world, a team of journalists/technicians, and collaborators in both global mainstream media and in alternative networks such as Anonymous. Surely they […]

August 24th, 2012|Journalism|6 Comments|

Fly Me To Cuba (I mean Ecuador)! Julian Assange hijacks WikiLeaks

Call me a contrarian, but I don’t entirely like the way that critics of Julian Assange have seized on his move from a manor house in Norfolk to the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge. OK. Let’s look at the charges gleefully being made by Julian’s enemies in the capitalist mainstream media and their liberal media fellow-travellers.

June 19th, 2012|Media|3 Comments|

Answering questions about WikiLeaks [video]

Click here or on the photo to watch me answering questions about my book on WikiLeaks – video produced by Polity, my publishers. It’s a neat precis of the book that answers the key questions most people ask about WikiLeaks.


Jason Russell and Julian Assange: Heralds of the Age of Uncertainty?”

This article is made up of notes for a talk at the University of Southern California conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the joint two-year MSc degree in Global Communications with the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. It draws upon my book ‘WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era” (Polity, 2012) and a forthcoming Polis report to be […]


Wikileaks: Lessons for Media Policy and Regulation

WikiLeaks has achieved the publication of the biggest leak of confidential information in journalism history. The Afghan, Iraq, and Diplomatic cable disclosures were on an unprecedented scale and extent. While the information they contained was not of the highest security classification it did provide the evidence for an extensive, varied and detailed critique of American military actions and foreign policy. […]

March 5th, 2012|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|