The Future of Wikileaks?

Monday 23 May 2011


On 23rd May we hosted a very popular and lively event on the subject of Wikileaks and the role of the media. This event was also the launch of Stephen Cameron’s new book "Enterprise Content Management" which is both a business and technical introduction to ECM based upon Stephen’s extensive experience in this area.

Our first speaker was Alexandros Papadopoulos, CISSP, who explained some of the mechanics of Wikileaks and how the ‘Wiki’ in its title is misleading due to the way content on the site is secured and presented. He also provided an explanation of why it is extremely difficult to undertake any kind of electronic activity without leaving a trail of evidence that could lead to the originator. Alexandros's presentation is available for download here.

Stephen Cameron, Bearing Point, then built upon this theme to explore how Wikileaks operates and some of the issues that its current operating model creates, namely suspicion over who Wikileaks is and the fact that it does not demonstrate the openness that it expects others to exhibit. Stephen ended by presenting an alternate approach that Wikileaks could adopt in order for it to be more easily seen as a force for good. Stephen's presentation is available for download here.

The final speaker of the evening was Iain Overton, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who explained how journalism was changing to become ever more immediate and short term without funding or will to undertake longer term more detailed investigative journalism. Iain explained how his work processing the Wikileaks Iraq War Logs helped to ensure the authenticity of this information. Iain closed by explaining how he hopes that the ‘long tail’ created by more specialist investigative content will allow these approaches to continue in an age of ever faster news feeds and shorter attention spans. Iain's presentation is available for download here.

The presentations were then followed by lively discussions about the issues raised.

PDF Icon Defeating Plumbers or the Hows and Whys of Wikileaks Security - Alexandros Papadopoulos

PDF Icon What Future for WikiLeaks? - Stephen Cameron

PDF Icon The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Iain Overton