Data leaks have become one of the most ubiquitous weapons in the arsenal of digital media dissent. However, often such processes of mediation exceed a rational understanding of the information revealed. Acting in the domain of the accident, the mediations of leaks operate in the dimension of the event: an immanent and particular set of relations that is provoked by the encounter and collision of various forces, virtually becoming their productive potential. This article advances the question of how data leaks - as a form of media dissent - operate beyond representation, touching upon the vital realm of affect. Intensively enabling a transformation in the state of the forces at play, affect generates possibilities within the emergent world that is constantly in creation. In this article, I argue that the politics of leaks in contemporary network ecologies works in such an affective register, possessing the capabilities to trigger and activate subjects differentially. Exploring the 2012 leak by Anonymous Italia, consisting of around 3,500 Italian police documents, mostly concerning the NoTav movement, I propose that the mediations of data leaks need to be studied and apprehended via their inductive capacities, as a question of affective politics, or alter-politics.
The 28th of November 2010 saw the great American diplomatic cables leak, under the auspices of WikiLeaks and published, after screening, by the New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, the Guardian and El Pais, followed a few weeks later on a stand-alone basis by Aftenposten. The unprecedented scale and global scope of the leak, as well as the way it happened, have a number of serious security implications including, but by no means limited to, the ongoing impact on the standing and conduct of American diplomacy. Adapted from the source document.
Die mediale Darstellung von Leaks lässt leicht darauf schließen, dass Leaks ein zwar interessantes, da neues, aber zumindest einheitliches Phänomen im internationalen System darstellen. Christoph Bieber von der Universität Duisburg-Essen bricht mit dieser Vor- und Darstellung, indem er anhand bestimmter vergangener Veröffentlichungen unterschiedliche Arten des Leaking differenziert, und dabei sowohl „Policy-“ wie auch „Politics-“ Leaks identifiziert.
Fluid leak detection represents a problem that has attracted the interest of researchers, but not exclusively because in industries and services leaks are frequently common. Indeed, in water or gas supplies, chemical or thermal plants, sea-lines or cooling/heating systems leakage rates can cause important economic losses and sometimes, what it is more relevant, environmental pollution with human, animal or plant lives at risk. This last issue has led to increased national and international regulations with different degrees of severity regarding environmental conservation. Early fluid detection represents an important challenge to avoid the problems mentioned above. This special issue was proposed with the aim of attracting new technological developments and methods in sensors based on physical, chemical or biological principles.