This is a transcript of the opening remarks made at an event at Chatham House on 13 April 2011.
The speakers evaluated to what extent power has been decentralized through the web, shifting more control to the individual:
- What does this mean for the freedom of press, transparency and democracy?
- What are the security risks of too much unregulated access to information?
- Has the Wikileaks controversy marked a new era of online activism?
Sir David Omand GCB, Former Security and Intelligence Coordinator, Cabinet Office, UK and Visiting Professor, War Studies Department, King's College London
Guy Herbert, General Secretary, NO2ID
Nigel Inkster CMG, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, International Institute for Strategic Studies and Former Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence, SIS
Heather Brooke, Author of The Silent State and Freedom of Information campaigner