Another roundup. There’s some very thoughtful articles out there. There’s also a lot of dreck — I’d say #wikileaks on twitter is pretty much useless at this point, unless you want to participate in DDoS attacks, spout endless slogans and such. (So much for the question of twitter’s trending topic algorithm.)
But that aside, all this is fundamentally game-changing. Assange is — perhaps even despite himself — changing the world far beyond anything that he or Wikileaks could have ever anticipated. We are hearing calls to prosecute newspapers for publishing the leaks — crumbling away a long tradition (in this country at least) of freedom of the press. We are seeing corporations being attacked — and taken down — for bowing to government pressures and a youth being held in The Hague for some of those attacks. And yet, so many facets of this come as no surprise to those intimately familiar with online hacker culture. I see contours changing and have no clue where this merry go round will stop or how far things will go.
Bruce Schneier: WikiLeaks. Money quote: “This has little to do with WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is just a website. The real story is that “least trusted person” who decided to violate his security clearance and make these cables public. In the 1970s he would have mailed them to a newspaper. Today he uses WikiLeaks. Tomorrow he will have his choice of a dozen similar websites. If WikiLeaks didn’t exist, he could have put them up on BitTorrent.”
Under the *facepalm* category. Or, you know, it could indicate your deep interest in the sorts of things that would make you a good security expert… Will reading WikiLeaks cost students jobs with the federal government?.
OTOH, I can sort of see why the govt’s a little pissed: A Flood of Drone Strikes: What the Wikileaks Revelations Tell Us About How Washington Runs Pakistan.
A rundown of the “hacker” (for lack of a better word) response to the attempts at online censorship and control. You really can’t control the ‘net, which is something you’d understand if you had the slightest bit of understanding of how online culture works. Lot of governments, organizations, and agencies are getting a crash course (so to speak): Hackers For WikiLeaks Spark A Media Frenzy.
What do the leaks reveal? One opinion: WikiLeaks Shows the Skills of U.S. Diplomats. So what’s the real furor about? I’d say control.
What sex has to do with the first world infowar against wikileaks. Maymay points out the parallels in the tactics used against sex workers and educators and those being used against Wikileaks. It’s provocative, interesting, and pulls together a number of pieces.
Online petition — a third of the way to the 1,000,000 goal: WikiLeaks: Stop the crackdown