Wikileaks has done more than anything else could have to make a strong emotional impact on world leaders across the globe. Wikileaks is the 9/11 of global diplomacy. The Internet is no longer benign. It has its malignancies. Over the next year, expect world leaders to begin to assert direct and indirect control over the Internet, including networks and data centers. Also look for more governments and militaries to use the Internet for what Internet edgelings have long been doing: communicating with the public. The big government spin on this will range from the transparent to propaganda to unilateral control. When information is power, powers that be will attempt to control information. 2010 was a turning point in this equation. Look for 2011 to chart a new, but not necessarily a better direction.

[Editor's Note: This post is part of the annual "Cutter Predicts ..." series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

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Vince Kellen, Ph.D.

Vince Kellen, Ph.D. is a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Business Technology Strategies practice. Dr. Kellen's 25+ years of experience involves a rare combination of IT operations management, strategic consulting, and entrepreneurialism. He is currently CIO at the University of Kentucky, one of the top public research institutions and academic medical centers in the US.

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