There’s a bloodless world war going on over Wikileaks (background from Modernity – search for Wikileaks). US government sympathisers are trying to run Wikileaks off the web. A hackers group called Anonymous is responding by attacking the various companies complicit in this. As of now, Amazon is coming down (and sometimes back up) across Europe.
Comment on the conflict from these academics (by the way, in the proposed English funding regime for higher education, these thinkers would not get state funding for teaching about this social side of the Web):
- Lilian Edwards from Uni of Sheffield – against extrajudicial cyber-bullying
- Jonathan Zittrain’s Wikileaks FAQs – begins with background, progresses to discussing the conflict
- Patrick Philippe Meier on Julian Assange’s plan.
- Clay Shirky on the tension between different requirements for democratic statecraft.
- Anonymous decide to advocate for Wikileaks by actually reading the leaks
Nothing sensible from me at this time, except I am glad Wikileaks exists, and that I find it provoking that Wikileaks vigilantes have done more damage to capitalist enterprise in a week than anti-capitalists have achieved in the last year.
Update: I hear on this morning’s BBC Radio 4 Today Programme that Amazon say their downtime was due to a hardware fault.