Again, Wikileaks has begun to publish tens of thousands of confidential documents. A service to democratic ideals - or a vital threat to international politics and national security?

Redefining Freedom...

Wikileaks has exposed the secrets of the powerful. But their backlash is inevitable. Government oversight of the internet will increase, censorship laws will tighten. Julian Assange is only a minor victim of this clash between vested interests and the information age. At stake is our freedom to shar

Leviathan Is Still Sta...

Wikileaks is questioning the state's claim to have secrets. These secrets will continue to be there and they will be defended. Whistleblowers only have a chance if they do not try to destroy the existing order.

Failure Of The Press...

Who wants to understand the meaning of the Wikileaks scandal needs to turn to the international press. The German media-partner “Der Spiegel” has drastically misjudged the real scope of the US-documents. The “Assault Gun of Democracy” is jammed.

The Case For Confident...

Diplomacy does not function without secrecy. Confidentiality enables compromise and prevents global crises. Wikileaks has made us less safe - not because it has exposed bits of information, but because its consequence will be the impossibility of diplomatic compromise.

A Lot Of Nothingness...

Wikileaks strikes again: an obscure, opaque bunch under the leadership of a white-haired weirdo embarrasses the superpower USA. The American ambassador in Berlin, Phil Murphy, can start packing. Many are wondering what documents will be revealed next. But is anyone demanding transparency from Assang

In The Path Of Progres...

Wikileaks has had a profound effect on our communication habits. States and companies will have to re-think how they process and share information. The internet does not accept the idea of confidentiality - and it might just win this fight.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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