We’re happy to announce that Julian Assange of Wikileaks will be one of the keynote speakers at The Next HOPE, taking place in New York City July 16-18, 2010.

Over the years and particularly within the past couple of weeks, Julian has demonstrated some of the key values of those in the hacker and journalist community who strive to get real information out of the hands of bureaucracy and cover-ups and share it with the rest of the world, all the while protecting the sources.

Julian has been on the front page of newspapers worldwide with the revelation by Wikileaks of a videotape showing a U.S. Army Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff. Previous attempts at uncovering the tape through the government had failed and its release clearly showed that there was no active firefight between U.S. forces and those killed, as had been maintained in official statements.

“WikiLeaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than the Washington Post has in the past 30 years.” — The National, November 19, 2009

Recently, he has appeared on “Off The Hook” {listen to the episode} and “The Colbert Report” as well as in just about every newspaper in the world. In addition, Julian has been active in the recently announced project to help make Iceland a journalism haven.

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* photo credit New Media Days / Peter Erichsen via Flickr here, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 License.


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