Digital activism – Review of WOMEN, WHISTLEBLOWING AND WIKILEAKS for TLS

There is an elephant in the room in which the digital activists Renata Avila, Sarah Harrison and Angela Richter hold the conversations recorded in this book. These passionate feminists tackle a range of socio-political issues, but fail – save for one late footnote – to confront the allegations of rape and sexual assault made against the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom they clearly admire. The discussants use words such as “incarcerated”, as if the decision to seek asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London had not been made by Assange himself, and ignore the fact that Assange remains in the Embassy essentially of his own volition. This is a vexing shortcoming, given the robustness with which other topics, such as the dominance of the internet by a tiny number of firms, anti-terror legislation and the Western view of dissidents are discussed.

Read the full article at the Times Literary Supplement.

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