Event: Who’s Afraid of Wikileaks?

Sydney Writers Festival – Words. To Live By 16th -22nd May 2011.

If you live in Sydney or are planning on visiting for the Sydney’s Writers Festival, make sure you get along to the panel discussion on Wikileaks at the Sydney Town Hall on Friday the 20 May 2011. Details of panel participants and links to more information are below, tickets are only $20/$15 and this is an excellent panel line up.  


Who’s Afraid of Wikileaks?

A political movement or a media organisation? A risk to national security or the open government we need?

Is Julian Assange a hero or a traitor?

Suelette Dreyfus is the author of 1997 book ‘Underground’, an investigation of the hacking world researched by Assange himself. Guy Rundle has covered WikiLeaks since the beginning.

UK journalist Barbara Gunnell zeroes in on Assange’s role as whistleblower. Robert Manne uncovers the high-minded ideals and anarchist influences on Assange and WikiLeaks.

In his brand-new book, Andrew Fowler tracks how Julian Assange became “the most dangerous man in the world”.

They dissect the Assange myth, the role of WikiLeaks in our democracy, and ask what we’ve got to be so afraid of.

Chair: Paul Barratt.


Andrew Fowler (Australian)

Andrew Fowler is an award-winning investigative journalist and a contributing reporter for the ABC’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ and ‘Four Corners’ programs. He has been chief of staff and acting foreign editor of ‘The Australian’ newspaper and a reporter with SBS ‘Dateline’ and Channel 7, as well as heading up the ABC’s investigative unit. He first interviewed Julian Assange for the ABC in May 2010.

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Suelette Dreyfus (Australian)

Dr Suelette Dreyfus is a Melbourne journalist and author. She wrote the first major book about computer hacking in Australia, ‘Underground’, in collaboration with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. ‘Underground’ sold approximately 10,000 paper copies; however, when the digital version was released in 2001, the book went viral. More than 400,000 copies were downloaded in the first two years, establishing its reputation as a cult classic. ‘Underground’ has been updated and republished in paper format this year. Suelette is currently running an international research project into whistle-blowing.

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Guy Rundle (International)

Guy Rundle is a former editor of ‘Arena’ magazine and currently writes for ‘Crikey’, ‘The Sunday Age’ and elsewhere. His chronicle of the 2008 US election, ‘Down to the Crossroads’, won the Age Non-fiction Book of the Year Award.

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Barbara Gunnell (International)

Barbara Gunnell is a writer and editor based in London. She is former assistant editor of ‘The Independent on Sunday’, former comment editor of ‘The Observer’ and former associate editor of ‘The New Statesman’. She is a past president of the National Union of Journalists, a regular contributor to ‘The Observer’ and an associate of the think-tank Demos. Her essay on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks appears in ‘Griffith REVIEW 32: Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas’.

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Robert Manne (Australian)

Robert Manne is professor of politics at La Trobe University and a regular commentator with ‘The Age’, ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and ABC radio and television. His most recent books include ‘Goodbye to All That?: On the Failure of Neo-liberalism and the Urgency of Change’, ‘Left, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977–2005’, ‘Dear Mr. Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia’ and ‘W.E.H. Stanner: The Dreaming and Other Essays’.

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Paul Barratt (Australian)

Paul Barratt has worked in public policy for 45 years; he has been an intelligence analyst, an international trade negotiator, deputy secretary of DFAT and secretary to the Department of Defence. He is now a private consultant who in his spare time writes, blogs and tweets about foreign policy, defence and anything else that takes his interest, including WikiLeaks. He has an honours degree in physics and an arts degree in Asian civilisations and economics.

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3 Responses to “Event: Who’s Afraid of Wikileaks?”

  1. griffithinsider Reply 21/04/2011 at 10:45 am

    I’m writing a thesis on Public Trust in WikiLeaks, the Media and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/?s=ILLLML_9669e09d. Would be great if you would encourage others to do the survey also.

  2. metalmaniac253 Reply 02/05/2011 at 1:13 am

    The thing is, it’s not us who are afraid, it’s the governments that wikileaks exposes corruption of, and the fact that there’s more damning documents all the time shows how much of our freedom and constitutional rights (In the US at least) are being stepped on. The fact that the US tries to pressure other countries into using our policies is also wrong.


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