Facebook has been in the news recently due to a data breach, which left all of its users’ data vulnerable to a third party. The extent of what was taken is not yet known; however, in a time which data is invaluable, it is more important for companies to lock down access to their databases than it ever was in the past.
Not all stealing of data is malicious. In fact I believe Wikileaks is the pinnacle of Americana. Wikileaks exists solely to provide some transparency between the government and its people.
“We should embrace the site as an expression of the fundamental freedom that is at the core of our Bill of Rights,” wrote Evan Hansen, a writer for wired Magazine.
Without Wikileaks shining a light on certain issues and making information publi , the government, both federal and local, would hold even more power over its people. But making this information public allows the public to know of certain issues, which would not have been made public otherwise. Such important issues as the Apache attack by the U.S. Army which killed 15 people, including 2 Rueters journalists and the operating procedures of Guantanamo Bay, which highlighted human rights violations.
“While a single document might give a picture of a particular event, the best way to shed light on a whole system is to fully uncover the mechanisms around it — the hierarchy, ideology, habits and economic forces that sustain it. It is the trends and details visible in the large archives we are committed to publishing that reveal the details that tell us about the nature of these structures,” wrote Sarah Harrison, a journalist and editor for Wikileaks.
Wikileaks claims no political connection and states they publish without biases or political agenda. They only wish to act as whistle-blowers of the digital age, a job that used to belong to investigative journalists working for a newspaper.
“We publish without fear or favor, bringing transparency to powerful factions and secretive institutions, not taking any sides except that of the truth. We believe in the democratization of information and the power that knowledge gives to people to further peace, accountability and self-determination.”