A Vision of the Future Society

Ingo Stoll, Veranstalter und Geschäftsführer der Agentur neuwaerts: "Das Internet und die digitale Revolution haben einen fundamentalen Wandel unserer Gesellschaft eingeleitet. Etablierte Institutionen kämpfen längst um ihren Machterhalt in den Bereichen von Meinungs- und Deutungshoheit. Niemand hat diese Institutionen bislang so herausgefordert wie WikiLeaks und in Person Julian Assange. Kaum jemand wäre daher besser geeignet, über unser Topthema des "wirklichen Wandels" fernab von Twitter, Facebook und Co. zu sprechen. Uns interessiert seine Vision für die Zukunftsgesellschaft. Und wir erwarten, dass er mit seinen streitbaren Ansichten nicht nur die 1.500 Anwesenden aus der Komfortzone des eigenen Denkens befördern wird."

Die Keynote wird Teil der Opening Session. Danach stellt sich Julian Assange den Fragen von Richard Gutjahr (Bayrischer Rundfunk), der von ZEIT ONLINE zum Netzjournalisten des Jahres 2011 gekürt wurde.

Speaker:

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

mehr Infos zum Speaker
Julian Assange is a journalist and activist best known as the founder and public face of WikiLeaks, the Internet based publisher making headlines around the world by releasing secret or suppressed information revealing government and corporate misconduct.

Julian Assange first came to prominence with the release of a secret video showing a US Army helicopter mistakenly attacking and killing civilians in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists who were covering the Iraq war.

Led by Assange, the non-profit WikiLeaks has since published hundreds of thousands of documents related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iran, classified diplomatic cables that among other facts revealed US diplomats’ candid assessments of foreign leaders, embarrassing scientology secrets, and much more.

These releases have had international ramifications, making headlines around the world, and putting the spotlight on the behind-closed-doors dealings of governments and heads of state.
The group’s work has helped spark demonstrations and protests in Tunisia and Egypt, and played a hand in the revolutionary movements being called the “Arab Spring” — all with materials leaked to WikiLeaks by anonymous sources.

Assange asserts that information should be free and accessible to all, and publishers, he states, “must be free to publish.” But he draws a strong distinction between government-held secrets that should be exposed, and personal privacy, which should be preserved.
Some have called Assange the Daniel Ellsberg of our time, comparing his actions to Ellsberg’s when he released the famous Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. Millions of words — pro and con — have written and spoken about him and countless books published. Julian has been on CBS 60 Minutes and Larry King Live. He has spoken at World CEO Congress, World President’s Organization (YPO), TED and the Oslo Freedom Forum.

The Internet has sparked a revolution in the way information is gathered, reported, and made available to the public, and Assange is at the center of it all. He has proven that with the right technology, an obscure nonprofit organization, with a small dedicated staff, and with volunteers around the world, can challenge the power of governments and change the course of history.

Bildnachweis/Picture Credit: Allen Clark

Richard Gutjahr

Richard Gutjahr

Bayrischer Rundfunk

Journalist

@gutjahr

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Richard Gutjahr ist Absolvent der Deutschen Journalistenschule in München und hat an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Politik und Kommunikations-Wissenschaften studiert. Richard Gutjahr moderiert die Spätausgabe der Rundschau im Bayerischen Fernsehen. Daneben hat er eine eigene Kolumne in der Münchner Abendzeitung und schreibt für den Berliner Tagesspiegel. Zeit Online kürte ihn 2011 zum "Netzjournalist des Jahres". Im gleichen Jahr erklärte ihn das Medium Magazin in der Kategorie Newcomer zum "Journalist des Jahres".