The Emergence of a Freedom of Information Movement?

Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Pirate Party, and Iceland

Article appearing in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

  • Author:
  • Jessica L. Beyer
  • Publisher: International Communication Association
  • Date: January, 2014

Online rhetoric about the Internet’s potential to change society, the need to reform intellectual property laws, and the evils of censorship is becoming increasingly similar across sites. The push for “freedom of information” is not restricted to online spaces, but it appears to be born from such spaces, with the concept itself shaped by the presence of the Internet and its effect on networked societies. Focusing on WikiLeaks, the Pirate Party, Anonymous, and Iceland, I describe the emerging coalescence of “freedom of information” advocates pushing for a simultaneous liberalization and homogenization of freedom of information regulations across democracies.