[csaa-forum] Wikileaks at USyd/Fri 17 June, 6pm

Gerard Goggin gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au
Thu Jun 16 08:37:09 CST 2011

Sydney Ideas & Media @ Sydney presents

Kristinn Hrafnsson, journalist and spokesperson for wikileaks.org

Date: Friday 17  June, 2011
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: The Great Hall, the University of Sydney.  (Venue access information)
Cost: $20/$15 concession. Free for University of Sydney staff, students and
alumni (please register online).
Registration: For University of Sydney staff, students and alumni please
register online via seymourcentre.com.au
Bookings: Seymour Centre box office, phone 02 9351 9740 or book online
Tickets also available on night.

Wikileaks has irrupted into political life, with its revelations shocking
the public and governments globally. And if it¹s been tough for
politics-as-usual, what about media? Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn
Hrafnsson talks frankly about the organisation¹s relationship with
mainstream media­and the profound legal, ethical, and political issues it
poses for us all. The audience will have a chance to discuss with him
questions such as:

* How does Wikileaks see the media, now it is often working closely with it?
* What are the challenges working with the existing media structures?
* Does Wikileaks aim to change the role of the media in our society?
* How does Wikileaks¹s content differ from traditional media, especially the
corporate sector?

Kristinn Hrafnsson is the current spokesman for WikiLeaks following legal
battles engulfing the organisation's founder, Julian Assange. Hrafnsson is
an Icelandic investigative journalist who exposed high level criminal
activity and corruption. His work on the collapse of Iceland's Kaupthing
Bank caused his TV program to be taken off air and the team sacked. He
joined the news team of Iceland's national broadcaster and fought against
the legal suppression of further exposés about the bank drawn from documents
published by WikiLeaks. Hrafnsson was subsequently made redundant from the
broadcaster in July last year and began to work independently. He
collaborated with the WikiLeaks organisation and called the December 2010
attacks on WikiLeaks a "privatisation of censorship".

Kristinn Hrafnsson is in Australia as a guest of Intelligence Squared
Australia for the16th June debate, Wikileaks is a force for good.

Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney¹s premier public lecture series
program that aims to bring some of Sydney¹s, Australia¹s and the world¹s,
leading thinkers to the wider Sydney community

Media @ Sydney is an initiative of Department of Media and Communications,
University of Sydney: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/home/.
For further information, contact Gerard Goggin: gerard.goggin at sydney.edu.au

Gerard Goggin
Professor of Media and Communications
Department of Media and Communications
University of Sydney
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