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‘Knowledge needs to be free’ is a mantra of the information revolution. The concept of enlightenment is based on the assumption that knowledge is a good in itself, and that any limit on its access is a feudal barrier that fosters prejudice. The recent rise of Wikileaks continues this campaign of liberation through transparency.

But is it true that all knowledge should be publicly accessible? Is it conceivable that there are times when silence is the most appropriate form of expression?

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