Wikiwacking

Posted: December 15, 2010 in internet, linked data
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Like a lot of people, I’m finding a lot more grey in the whole WikiLeaks saga than black or white.

Here’s couple of recent pieces I’ve come across that offer food for thought. Veteran Internet commentator Clay Shirky, in  piece called Wikileaks and the long haul, argues that the hounding of Wikileaks poses a very real threat to the freedom of the internet itself:

If it’s OK for a democracy to just decide to run someone off the internet for doing something they wouldn’t prosecute a newspaper for doing, the idea of an internet that further democratizes the public sphere will have taken a mortal blow.

In Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government”, Aaron Bady makes a fascinating analysis of Assange’s motives and how the point of Wikileaks “is simply to make Wikileaks unnecessary”.

 

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