WikiLeaks conference this evening at Baker Center

I’m participating in a conference this evening called “WikiLeaks: Transparency or Menace to Global Governance?” It starts at 6 p.m. at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the University of Tennessee campus.
wikileaksashe1e_t120.jpgThe moderator will be University of Tennessee journalism professor Dwight Teeter. Joining me on the panel will be Ben Bates, a UT media professor; David Brule, a UT political science professor, and Victor Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and ambassador to Poland. Some of Ashe’s secret cables were leaked by WikiLeaks.
The program is free and open to the public.
My focus, naturally, will be on how WikiLeaks’ handling of information compares to the actions of traditional media, especially newspapers. For a long time, newspapers have cherished rulings that limited government’s ability to stop newspapers from publishing material in their possession, even if that material wasn’t supposed to be in their possession.
The Pentagon Papers case is the landmark in the field. Locally, the News Sentinel faced off with Judge Richard Baumgartner over records leaked in the Zoo Man Huskey case. But should the same “prior restraint” protections apply to WikiLeaks’ data dumps? Should be an interesting discussion.