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Psykaze
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Sabinaa
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The leaking of information to the public (e.g Wikileaks) does more harm than good

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Started: 9/12/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Psykaze

Pro

There are many issues associated with the leaking of information to the public. The audience that sees the information as opposed to those that it was intended for, and the subsequent interpretation of that information, are some of what I would see as the key issues.

Although a level of transparency should be expected from any government, the nature of geopolitics makes that an impossibility. When information is given the the population unfiltered, it is also given to the world. Technology has made a border less society, and even terrorists have google! It is naive to feel that all information should be available as not all people who would access it have positive intentions. In the case of technical documents, there are people who may also not understand it.

In a world where paediatricians are attacked by groups of people confusing their job with the allegation of pedophile, I believe that society needs a certain amount of protection from itself. Otherwise, it is like letting children have access to a gun cabinet before understanding the dangers. If democracy is agreed, and people subscribe to it, then trust must be given to these democratically elected officials that they re doing what they should.
Sabinaa

Con

In my point of view, nowadays people are all free in choosing information they want to get. It is important for people to know things, they would not otherwise know, and searching in the Internet the information they want is the easiest way to get answers on their questions. The information that should be hidden from people that should not get it is hidden by government; the other materials are free in choosing. But imagine if some students could not get the information from the Internet because the site was closed or something else.
Debate Round No. 1
Psykaze

Pro

It is important for people to have information, however there should be a limit on the content. Should information be give out that could get people killed simply for the sake of transparency? I say no.

We should also consider what this does to future information exchange. If people have knowledge that they are concerned may end up in the wrong hands, they may not share it at all. How much information could never reach the right person due to the fear of exposure.
Sabinaa

Con

The information that is given in the Internet is not always true or reliable and everyone knows it. But limiting some kind of materials from one person may lead to the situation when simply another person who needs these materials does not have an access to it.
The stream of information cannot be stopped, if someone knows something you won't make him forget it, and even if there will be closed some sites that will not stop people.
Debate Round No. 2
Psykaze

Pro

Reading your arguments so far, I believe you may think me to be against the giving of information to the public (e.g Wikipedia), rather than the leaking of privileged information (E.g Wikileaks).

To be clear, I feel that people should be allowed to have information for students, or materials that they may need access to for lawful reasons. I do NOT feel that this access to information should extend to the public for information that is confidential, secret or potentially damaging to lives or national securities.
Sabinaa

Con

I take the view that all people should have a chance to give to the public information they want to, whatever this information is. Because we all have the same rights, no matter where you are from, what your profession is, and of course no matter if you are a man or you are a woman. Wikileaks is absolutely made for that.
This site is made for public because we all have rights to know what is REALLY happening in the world, the government sometimes may hide something, that should not be hidden.
According to Joshua Philipp ("Epoch Times"): "An analysis of the recent release by Wikileaks of 76,908 reports regarding U.S. operations in Afghanistan, dating from 2004 to 2010, tell little that wasn"t already known, yet give details on operations and statistics, which were previously unavailable."
That is why I believe that Wikileaks should not be banned for giving information to people they need or maybe want to know.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by anonymouse 4 years ago
anonymouse
leaking of information is good, but limited hang outs dont exactly help. wikileaks certainly does not.
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