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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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22 Apr 2021

Why Australia needs new storytelling

Join Stephen Muecke, Tony Birch, Jason Nangan Roe, Chris Healy and Eve Vincent as they discuss the need for new kinds of storying about Australia. In North-West Australia, between 2009 …

10 Mar 2021

Writing precarity

demos journal special issue launch at IPCS “The more precarious you are, the more support you need. The more precarious you are, the less support you have. When we say …

20 Nov 2020

The art of joining together

The art of joining together: Why we need a yuta [new] anthropology ‘Buku-manapanmirr means joining together. When Yolŋu use this term they point to the potential for people to come together …