/PRNewswire/ -- The WikiLeaks controversy will prove to be the first minor skirmish of an epic battle over unregulated Internet and relinquished freedoms, according to a free report now available from The Socionomics Institute. Researchers at the Georgia-based think tank observe that social polarization and conflict increase during financial bear markets. Their research shows that the WikiLeaks releases are expressions of the rising anger and opposition that accompanies declining stock prices and economic activity.
In a May 2010 report, available now for free, researcher Alan Hall predicted that WikiLeaks would become a lightning rod of conflict. Since then, the whistleblower website has twice published the largest-ever leaks of classified U.S. documents. The latest release embarrasses world leaders. France said the transparency threatens "authority and democratic sovereignty" and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the release an attack on America's foreign policy interests.
The Socionomics Institute studies social behavior as it relates to the financial markets. Researchers use the financial markets and other indicators of social mood to forecast monumental changes in society.
Hall forecasts that as prevailing mood sours and financial markets turn south, governments will increase their efforts to regulate and control the Internet. He observes, "A government that feels threatened by its citizens usually clamps down on the information flow. This makes the Internet a prime battleground." Follow this link to access your complimentary report on WikiLeaks and authoritarianism: http://www.socionomics.net/free-reports/1008/wikileaks-authoritarianism-update.aspx?code=pr
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