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Assange and Russia

This New York Times investigation by Jo Becker, Steven Erlanger and Eric Schmitt examines the activities of WikiLeaks during founder Julian Assange's years holed up in London's Ecuadorean embassy, and comes to the conclusion that "WikiLeaks’ document releases, along with many of Mr. Assange’s statements, have often benefited Russia, at the expense of the West." 

Margaret MacMillan and Clay Shirky discuss the impact of Wikileaks with the CIC

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June 9, 2011
CIC: Will Wikileaks revelations require revising the historical record? Will historians have to revisit their work? MacMillan: Historians are always revising the historical record. New material comes out—someone discovers a diary or letters in an attic or new boxes turn up in archives. When the Soviet Union and its empire collapsed it suddenly became possible to see records that had been kept secret. Equally important we ask different questions and bring different sorts of evidence into our discussions of the ...

Diplomacy and Duplicity

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July 11, 2012
"An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." That's supposedly what British diplomat Sir Henry Wotton said about his profession in 1604. And many people would still agree with the sentiment today. Internationally brokered ceasefires go unheeded. Countries fight wars without ever declaring them. And just because you ratify a multinational agreement doesn't always mean you follow through on your commitments. Is it willful belligerence? Unrealistic expectations for the international ...

Malone: Are diplomats needed in the digital age?

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October 17, 2011
Actually, Wikileaks made clear how thoughtful many US diplomats are and also how hard they work in the service of their country.  Information overload threatens us all.  Distilling the important from the ambient white noise is both increasingly important and increasingly difficult.  Effective advocacy and successful communication on strategic economic and political goals are skills generally not picked up overnight.  Thus, while the form diplomacy takes will continue to change, with the political level of government ever ...

An Unsettling Verdict

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July 31, 2013
There is something for almost everyone in the judgement delivered yesterday against Bradley Manning, the army private who single-handedly conveyed hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic documents and military battlefield reports to the so-called whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks. This is the largest unauthorized transfer of government-origin classified information ever recorded. Manning’s detractors - those who see him as a criminal and a traitor - will look with satisfaction upon his conviction on charges of espionage, computer fraud , possession of restricted documents and ...

Kinsman: Could the spread of information via digital media reduce mass atrocities?

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October 31, 2011
Of course. Democracy and human rights activists are accused of being "cyber-utopians" but it seems clear that inter-connectivity and handheld witnessing technologies are making it tough for dictators to do whatever they want. Hafez al-Assad could get away with killing at least 10,000 Sunni citizens of Syria in 1982 in the rebellious town of Hama because it wasn't visible. Today, even with an Internet and telecommunications stranglehold, smuggled satellite phones permit protestors in the besieged towns of Syria ...

Copeland: How should Canada deal with the threat posed by cyberattacks from abroad?

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October 19, 2012
Among the ever growing number of transnational  challenges which constitute the "globalization threat set," cyber-security is among the most complex and vexing. Three difficulties in particular stand out. For starters, there is somewhat of a disconnect between the analysts in government who write security policy, and those with the highly specialized expertise required to remedially address the cyber threat.  These groups tend to speak what amount to different languages, and inhabit different worlds which rarely intersect. Secondly, decision-makers, whose ...

The Snowden Affair: Winners and Losers

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July 19, 2013
Ed Snowden, the U.S. citizen and cyber-surveillance whistle-blower, has been somewhere in the transit area of Moscow’s labyrinthine Sheremetyevo International Airport for almost one month. His disclosure of documents detailing mass telephone and internet monitoring by U.S., U.K., N.Z., Australian, and French intelligence agencies, often with active private sector collusion, has resulted in him being proclaimed a hero in some quarters, and a traitor in others. The U.S. government has charged him with the theft of ...

Book launch webcast: Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age

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March 24, 2015
Anonymous. WikiLeaks. The Syrian Electronic Army. Edward Snowden. Bitcoin. The Arab Spring. Digital communication technologies have thrust the calculus of global political power into a period of unprecedented complexity.  In every aspect of international affairs, digitally enabled actors are changing the way the world works, and disrupting the institutions that once held a monopoly on power.  No area is immune: Humanitarianism, War, Diplomacy, Finance, Activism, or Journalism.  In each, the government departments, international organizations and corporations who for a century ...

Happy Birthday OpenCanada.org!

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June 21, 2012
One year ago today we launched OpenCanada.org with pieces on the role of social media in the Arab Spring, the impact of Wikileaks on diplomacy, and good banking as good foreign policy. We created OpenCanada.org to be Canada’s hub for international affairs, an aggregator of the best content on international affairs, and a curator of great ideas from universities and think tanks across Canada and the world. This year has been incredible for OpenCanada.org, and I want ...