Monday, December 6, 2010

What is all this wikileaks business? #imwikileaks


Imagine if you were a journalist and you recieved an anonymous package that contained documents outlining incriminating, and somewhat embarrasing, information about a large organization. What if that information would change the perspective of customers, clients, fans, friends and family of that organization? What if that information was also confirmed to be authentic. Would you publish it? Some would say it is the duty of a journalist to report and share that information.

Well that is exactly what a team of independant journalists, led by Julian Assange, did when they recieved over 250,000 leaked US embassy cables. They analysed and shared the documents. Which allowed anybody, including journalists, to read and report the information they found. 

When they released the report their website, wikileaks, immediately went under attack from hackers. When the hackers failed, they pressured wikileaks's service providers, such as easyDNS, Paypal and Amazon into cancelling their services. But now the internet community is striking back, by mirroring wilileaks, creating alternative URLs and attacks and boycotts of their own.


Why is this important? 

In the words of JP Barlow (Co-founder of the EFF) "The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops." There is a battle over privacy, freedom of speech and information access happening RIGHT NOW on the Internet. On the government side, countries like the US and China are trying to control what you can read or see on the internet. On the private side, service and content providers are trying to prevent you from, or charge you a premium to, access certain sites on the Internet. Both sides want to define "Network Neutrality", when neither of them are correct. Network Neutrality means if it's on the Internet, and you are connected to it, you have access to it. They, the Government and Big Business, want to tell you otherwise. It's happening all across the board. The confusing Hulu/Comcast/Time Warner/Browser thing. ESPN is blocking you if you're not on an "affiliated" ISP. 

In this particular instant, it is a matter of FREE SPEECH. The governments of US and France want to keep you from reading certain incriminating documents. Whether the files were "obtained illegally", is irrelevent. The information is embarrassing to international diplomats because the information shows that they're not there for diplomacy, but are underhandedly controlling information, making backroom deals and some of the activities being reported are considered illegal. They're creating crime, and accusing the whistle-blower of being a rapist and a terrorist as revenge. Assange and wikileaks are not the only victims here. PFC Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst, has been arrested and charged with the "unauthorized use and disclosure of" [this] "U.S. classified information." Information and support for Manning can be found here: <a href="http://www.bradleymanning.org/" >http://www.bradleymanning.org/</a>

Do it yourself!

You too can create an alternative URL by creating a subdomain, i.e. wikileaks.straycouches.com, and pointing it to 88.80.13.160. (The effectiveness of this is mostly symbolic.) But even better, become a full mirror: <a href="http://wikileaks.ch/mass-mirror.html" >http://wikileaks.ch/mass-mirror.html</a>

Boycott Paypal, Amazon and EasyDNS by cancelling your accounts with them, it helps letting them know why; "I can't be a customer of a company that supports and enables Government Censorship."

Spread the news and help people understand that Government Censorship is what is happening. 

Use #imwikileaks hash-tags and get the word out.

Keep up-to-date at <a href="http://wlcentral.org/" >http://wlcentral.org/</a> and following wikileaks on twitter.

Posted via email from Th' Reverend Dak Post

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